AN innovative scheme that helps young people leaving the care system has been recognised nationally.
Durham County Council’s Teenagers 2 Work scheme, developed by the Young People’s Service, has been granted a Quality Mark for a commitment to improving the employability of young people leaving care.
The project works with young people aged 16 and over who are in need, looked after or have left care, to provide more opportunities to experience work, develop new skills and increase self confidence.
The project sees young people linking up with an employer and while some opportunities have been offered from the private and voluntary sector, the council itself has also provided some work placements.
Young people are supported in planning their careers and further education with particular attention being paid to those who appear to be at risk of not being in employment or education.