Learning and Work Institute is undertaking new research on behalf of the Department for Education, to explore care leavers views of apprenticeships.

As part of this work we are running an online survey.  The survey includes questions on both reasons for doing an apprenticeship and barriers to apprenticeships, the impact of the apprentice national minimum wage and the types of financial support that care leavers need to ensure apprenticeships are an option for them. Even if a young person has not completed an apprenticeship, we would still really like to hear from them.

Young people’s responses to the survey are really important in helping us understand how apprenticeships can be more accessible to people who have spent time in care. Also, as a thank you for their time, we will be offering the first 100 care leavers who complete this survey a £10 gift voucher, and anyone who completes the survey and is not within the first 100 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £50 prizes. The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete.

The survey is now live, please could you share this link with the care leavers that you work with – tinyurl.com/681gxsx8

During the next stages of the research Learning and Work Institute are keen to interview professionals who work directly with care leavers, to get their views about how accessible apprenticeships are for care leavers. If you’d be interested in taking part in a short interview, please get in touch with Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People, Learning and Work Institute via nicola.aylward@learningandwork.org.uk

If you have any questions about this research, or the survey, do get in touch directly with Nicola as above.