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Your employment options will be discussed in your pathway plan well in advance of the date you are due to leave care.

Care Leavers’ Apprenticeship Scheme (CLAS)

CLAS is a tailor-made apprenticeship scheme where looked after children and care leavers are employed by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) and seconded, where appropriate, to host organisations for the duration of the apprenticeship.

 Under this scheme we have employees in sectors ranging from forestry to joinery, motor vehicle mechanics, animal care, elderly care, plumbing, ICT, hairdressing, hospitality and almost any other vocational area you can think of. If you want to do Business Administration, you will usually work directly in LCC.

 Apprenticeships vary in duration, and entry requirements depending upon the vocational area, but all include studying 1 day a week, and extra maths and English if you doesn’t already have at least a C grade at GCSE (that’s grades 4 - 9 under the new system).

 The usual route to get onto CLAS is via the Work Preparation Programme. This is a 2 day course followed by up to 13 weeks of work experience.  The course runs 3 times a year, February, June and October, in Sleaford.  To qualify, you need to be the legal responsibility of LCC (ie taken into care by LCC) and live within a 45 mile radius of Sleaford.

All work experience and CLAS placements are tailor-made to meet your needs.  Employment through CLAS is dependent upon successful completion of work experience, including at least 95% attendance. Both schemes are managed by Barnardo’s Lincolnshire Leaving Care Service.

 For more information contact Helen Tomlinson on 01529 309052 or 07881 558214 or

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