The news comes as the John Lewis Partnership announced its new plan to support young people leaving the care system, to find meaningful jobs.
Included within its plan, is an exciting national fundraising partnership with Who Cares? Scotland and Action for Children.
The John Lewis Partnership has already worked with councils and charities across England to create opportunities for young people, offering employability courses helping them with interview skills, CV writing and many other essential skills to support them with the interview process. On top of this, it has offered work experience and created a community of support around these young people, working with them as well as organisations such as the Essex Community Foundation, Drive Forward Foundation and Rees Foundation who have all helped shape our strategy.
Building on this and wanting to take action further. The partnership announced a range of new plans:
- Expanding its Building Happier Futures employment programme.
- A new initiative to support projects from organisations within the care sector that are working to build happier futures for children in care and those who are Care Experienced to prepare them for employment.
- National fundraising partnerships with Action for Children and Who Cares? Scotland to support Care Experienced young people.
- Working with small businesses, charities and community organisations that want to hire or progress the career of someone who is Care Experienced.
- Creating a Building Happier Futures Advisory Group to steer the Partnership on key issues, identify where help is needed most and how best we can provide support.
- Supporting calls on Government from the Care Experienced community and campaign groups to improve lives of children and young people who’ve been in care. Specifically:
- No child or young person should be placed in unsafe, unregulated accommodation.
- All young people from care have a right to a continuous caring presence, regardless of age or postcode – removing the cliff edges that currently exist where support can stop at age 18, or in some cases even earlier.
- A portion of the £3bn in unspent apprenticeship levy is used to provide targeted support for those leaving care to be able to afford to pursue further education while also being able to financially make ends meet.