Interns take first steps into world of work

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PARTICIPANTS of a new Hampshire County Council scheme to help young people leaving care have completed the first part of their training.

Nineteen young people are taking part in Internship Plus, a scheme set up in February to continue support for people after they leave care.

They have completed a four-day preparatory course at the University of Winchester, to help introduce them to work.

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader of the Hampshire County Council said: ‘Care leavers often require greater support in securing and retaining employment and so in the current depressed job market it is even more difficult for these young people to compete for the opportunities that arise.’

The young people will begin their year-long paid job placements in the council in September.

Their work will help them achieve a level 2 apprenticeship qualification in customer care.

Roles include trainee horticulturist, trainee library assistant and arts centre assistant.

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