Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Give More Jobs to Children from Care, Minister Urges Business

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Give More Jobs to Children from Care, Minister Urges Business

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Byline: Kate Proctor Political Reporter

BUSINESSES are being urged by Families Minister Kit Malthouse to hire more young people who grew up in foster care and children's homes.

To mark Care Day in the UK today, the senior Conservative and former deputy mayor of London is reminding businesses they can claim up to PS1,000 from the Government for taking on an apprentice from such a background.

He said: "Each year over 12,000 teenagers in England make the leap to independent living from care without the family support many of us have enjoyed. It's up to all of us to help care leavers get the right opportunities and businesses play a vital role in this."

The Government's See Potential programme offers employers advice and support on hiring the youngsters, ranging from short-term traineeships to buddying schemes.

Mr Malthouse urged business leaders "to recognise we're all parents to care leavers" and back the See Potential campaign. He added: "This not only provides the crucial support needed to find a job but can also add real value to their workforce. …

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