Council helps youngsters leaving care to find jobs

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has set aside funds to help find jobs for children leaving care.

The money will be invested in initiatives that will run alongside the council’s ongoing apprenticeships programme and work experience scheme.

Council leader Cllr Ken Thornber said: ‘We want to be able to give these young people, who we have been corporate parents to, our continuing support by doing all we can to offer them employment opportunities.’

The council is helping companies take on apprentices by offering grants to offset training costs, and so far 90 young people have been employed by 76 companies across a variety of trades.