100 jobless youngsters to be given a new opportunity

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One hundred unemployed young people will have the opportunity to study for a career in social care thanks to the continuation of a training initiative run by a South Yorkshire council.

Barnsley Council is set to continue a training contract with its Adult and Family Learning Service and Dearne Valley College at Wath-upon-Dearne.

The agreement will see the continuation of the Future Carers Programme from August. Run with Jobcentre Plus and the college, the programme provides pre-employment training in the social care industry for unemployed people aged 19 years and above.

Work experience and jobs are provided in conjunction with local employers. Ninety-four per cent of trainees have gained accredited vocational qualifications since the programme was set up in 2006.

So far this year, 31 per cent of people who completed the programme have gone into employment. The programme is reported by employers as significantly contributing to enhancing the skills and knowledge of entrants to the profession.

Among the people in Barnsley who have been helped into employment through Future Carers was Amy Wordsworth, who said: “When I joined I was a bit lost and I didn’t have the confidence to apply for a job.

Amy completed work experience leading to a permanent job.