The Council has committed to support care leavers who live in the area by offering:
Paid Work Placements
These placements are for 2-4 weeks delivered via through the Devon County Council Employment Training and Education Personal Advisors (ETAPA) and via the Care Leavers Covenant.
We will work with the young person and their Personal Adviser (PA) to identify a suitable position and where necessary, agree reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to the young person taking up the placement or being able to maximise the opportunity the placement affords, such as assistance with transport, working hours and putting in place an effective support network.
Ring Fencing Apprenticeships Opportunities
We will identify apprentice opportunities and ring fence them to be offered, in the first instance, to care experienced young people each year as part of our apprenticeship programme (see HR Apprenticeship Strategy).
We nominate a senior officer to act as a mentor for each care experienced young person that takes up the placement opportunity to help them through the period and to provide on-going assistance in securing further employment opportunities, such as help with job applications, producing a curriculum vitae and general advice and support. The senior officer will be nominated from the Line Managers Development Pathway.
Guaranteed Job Interview
Every care experienced young person who lives in our area will be offered an interview for a vacancy where they meet the required person specification (or could meet it with support).
Waive Council Tax for care leavers up to age 25
A free leisure pass for children in care and a carer, and care leavers up to age 25 that gives access to Parklands Leisure Centre in Okehampton, Meadowlands Leisure Centre in Tavistock and four council-owned leisure centers at Totnes, Kingsbridge, Ivy bridge and Dartmouth.