A group of Birmingham companies involved with city regeneration projects has pledged to employ 200 care leavers.
Young care-experienced people will have the chance to go into construction, technology or hospitality after 23 new firms signed the government’s Care Leaver Covenant, which works to level the playing field for care leavers.
Government data shows that nearly 40 per cent of care leavers aged 19 t0 21 are not in education, employment or training (NEET), compared to 12 per cent for this age group overall.
Companies including Lendlease, MACE Group and Marriott Hotels added their signatures at an event in Birmingham yesterday which brought together business, young care-experienced people and representatives like children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi.
Young people leaving care have to face challenges few of us would recognise. That is why it is great to be in Birmingham with businesses providing jobs to care leavers to develop their city. #readywhenyouarepic.twitter.com/opnNvVmAJ6
— Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) March 26, 2019
The event also saw some companies reaffirm their commitment to the Covenant, with 1,300 jobs established so far as part of the government drive to create more opportunities for care leavers.