Romford recruitment event supports young people in foster care and care leavers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 February 2018

Deputy mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel cuts ribbon at The Cocoon opening in October, 2017. Picture: Havering Council

Deputy mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel cuts ribbon at The Cocoon opening in October, 2017. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

Children in care and care leavers were invited to discuss future careers at the council’s first recruitment event.

Businesses and training providers were welcomed to The Cocoon, a dedicated support hub for young people, in High Street, Romford, on Friday, February 16, to showcase local career opportunities in Havering.

Councillor Robert Benham, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “I hope that this opportunity, where young people can discuss their career option with employers, shows that local companies and the council are here to help at every stage.

“The support from employers and training providers has been fantastic.

“The council has also launched a regular Job Club for care leavers and young people living in care, where they can develop their CV, learn interview techniques or receive help with finding an apprenticeship or a job.”

The event was supported by training providers and employers including Adecco, Prospects Havering and STC Group.

Angelina, a Havering care leaver, said: “I went into foster care towards the end of my GCSE’s and achieved good grades, but A-levels were a struggle and I couldn’t adapt to all the self-study.

“So I decided to start my career early and was proactive in searching for my own apprenticeship.

“But when you are in foster care or leaving care it can be a struggle to cover all your bills as you are living semi-independently at such a young age, when many other 16-18 year olds would usually be financially supported by their parents.”

Havering Council covered Angelina’s travel and helped her with rent when she was job hunting to help her pursue her apprenticeship at The Royal College of Nursing.

“Like many young people my age, I found that first apprenticeship wasn’t the best fit for me, so I worked with Havering Council and they were able to help me apply for new roles,” said Angelina.

“Helping me with my CV writing skills, interview techniques and equipping me with the best tools to land a new role.”

The Cocoon provides a drop-in space for young people living in or leaving care, where they can meet with key workers and progress with personal development.

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