At Depaul UK we support our young people in Education, Training and Employment (ETE) through comprehensive programmes.

We run Steps to Success, our national Education, Training and Employment programme, designed to support young people aged from 16 to 25 to build the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve their employment goals.

The eight-strong Programmes Team and our substantial network of Progression Coach staff, working in supported accommodation in London and the South East, the North East, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, provide one-to-one ETE support to each client, developing a tailored progression to an individual employment plan and setting realistic goals and support plans to overcome barriers to employment.

The key elements of this Education, Training and Employment journey are:

  • Connecting clients to information and opportunities to equip them with the skills they need to succeed
  • Working with young people to overcome financial barriers to ETE
  • Developing clients’ skills, knowledge and confidence
  • Promoting and connecting clients to relevant volunteering opportunities
  • Offering nationally recognised training that is tailored to the requirements of the individual

Depaul UK also delivers I-Aspire – a service that supports 250 “looked-after” children and care leavers across the UK with Education, Training and Employment.

Some young people have told us they have had to move up to nine times because of placement breakdowns and other circumstances beyond their control. This has mean they have been forced to change schools or colleges, and, consequently, have struggled to engage with the education system.

Nationally, 40 percent of care leavers aged from 19 to 21 are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET). I-Aspire is a four-year ETE programme, operating in the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bromley, as part of a Department of Education initiative to improve support for care leavers.

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