Understanding the world of Post 16 can be a daunting task for any young person, but for Children in Care and Care Leavers, this can be even more challenging. The Virtual Schools of Kent and Medway work closely with the local colleges and universities to help make this transition as smooth as possible for you and have put together a booklet detailing the support available.
Most of the colleges and universities in Kent and Medway are part of the Care Leaver Progression Partnership, and through this they work together to support care experienced young people post-16. One of the ways they do this is through an Employability Charter, which commits to providing a range of support to help best prepare you for employment.
There are many options open to a young person as they enter years 12 and 13; College, Sixth Form, Apprenticeships, Employment, Volunteering and Work Based Training Providers – it is important that you spend some time researching these options to see which one may be best suited to meet your needs.
Go and visit the different settings, it will help you to see if you like the environment and if the support you need is available. Ask your Virtual School teams to help you, or speak to your Social Worker, Foster Carer or Personal Advisor.