Employment, education and community

During and after school we will be on hand to support you in a number of ways and help you explore all your options for the future.

Finding a job

To help you develop your skills and access employment, training or volunteering opportunities, your progression worker (see below) or personal adviser will support you in making an informed decision about your future career path.

To find a job you can visit:

Continuing your education

If you’re still in secondary education you will have lots of support from:

  • Your subject teachers, pastoral care and form teacher
  • The virtual school - They will help you with any school work issues, problems with attendance or anything else connected to your study and the school you attend
  • Personal Education Plans (PEP) - To look at what further support is needed as well as celebrate your achievements so far. Meetings are attended by your social worker, form teacher, head of year and virtual support worker. If you attend college, your PEP will continue to look at your educational needs and the support available until your 18th birthday.

If you wish to continue in education and go to college or university you will be entitled to the 16-19 bursary (external link) from the government, and moving on to university you can get a Higher Education Bursary from us and will be eligible for student finances. Find out more about local schools, colleges and universities (external link).

Your virtual support worker, social worker and personal advisor can offer you some really good advice about higher education and help you fulfil your ambitions.

Get some training

If you are aged between 16-25 years, Wigan offers a lot of support to help you develop your skills and find a job.

  • Confident futures employment programme - For young people aged 16-25 years not in education or employment, this is a six week learning and work experience opportunity which can lead to a 12 month pre-apprentice placement, ask your personal adviser for more information. As a care leaver you will have priority over any placements available
  • Become an apprentice (external link) - Find an apprenticeship and look up local opportunities and learning providers
  • Training opportunities (external link) - Access a range of accredited courses and programmes
  • Aspiring Futures - They offer a tailored work experience service and advice to ensure young people can progress into the most suitable post 16 opportunities. They will allocate you an aspiring futures keyworker (progression worker) so you can access further guidance and peer mentoring, helping you achieve qualifications in Maths, English and IT, alongside other vocational qualifications
  • Work experience with the council - Ask your progression advisor for more information
  • Volunteer to get work experience (external link) - Get an insight into the world of work.

Get involved in your community

We would like all of our care leavers to contribute to the local community and society in general and we understand that leaving care and beginning to live independently can be lonely for some people. With our support, we encourage you to:

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