Bright Light, a programme developed by the UK-based The Children's Society, in partnership with Catch22 charity, offers apprenticeship and employment opportunities to young people aged between 16 and 25 that are leaving the care system.
The beneficiaries of this programme engage in workshops and receive professional support, as they develop educational and other skills to progress in their careers. The pilot project aims to overcome the impediments faced by young care-leavers in the pursuit of education and employment, as they transition from care to adulthood and sustainable employment.
In this regard, care-leavers will be offered one-to-one bespoke support for up to 18 months from career trainers. This will help them understand employer expectations, develop interview techniques, learn how to budget their finances, time management, and build self confidence in the employment world.
Moreover, the programme will equally offer adequate support to employers that are encouraged to take on apprentices by having access to a talent pool, a free recruitment service, on-hand advice or even assistance with achieving Corporate Social Responsibility targets.
Bright Light strives not only to find solutions to care leavers' employment issues but also to share learning in order to exercise a greater influence on national policy development in the field.
Find below the Bright Light guidelines for care leavers and employers.