Nearly a dozen care leavers recently experienced life in the construction industry, as part of a pledge to support them in the move into adulthood.
Earlier this year, more than 100 pledges were made at the borough’s first summit for care leavers , by local organisations, businesses, councillors and senior council officers to support these young adults.
And, over the last 2 weeks, 9 care leavers were able to get hands-on experience during a series of ‘practical insight’ days, hosted by Ealing Council and construction developers Higgins and St George.
‘Care leavers’ means young people who have been looked after by the council.
Helping to shape futures
Following completion of the insight days, the care leavers were presented with certificates.
Councillor Brett said:
“We want everyone in the borough to be able to access learning opportunities that can directly shape their future. And I am proud we have been able to support young people who are leaving care through these insight days. This initiative reflects how the council is not only keeping its promises to provide support, but is also actively working with our partners to get them involved and help us to fight inequality at grass roots level together.”
Take over day
Another pledge in progress, the ‘Care Leavers Take Over the Council’ day was held on 17 November. The day was a pledge made by Ealing Council’s chief executive, Tony Clements where more than 30 young people shadowed roles in a diverse range of departments from across the council. This will be followed by a ‘Take Over the NHS’ day in the February half-term.