a young person on work placement

The Looked After Supported Employment (LASE) Scheme provides paid work experience for 'looked after' young people aged between 16 and 19.  It is an opportunity for new and positive experiences within a work place environment.

Young people on the scheme experience working life, but with that much-needed, additional, personal support. Every young person has a work-place mentor who will supervise, support and encourage, when necessary. We will provide references to future employers if a young person completes the main parts of the scheme.

Placements are organised to suit the individual needs of young people and vary from two to five days a week.  The length of placement depends on the training undertaken.  Young people who do not feel ready for accredited training can have a placement for up to 12 weeks.

Many of the young participants have struggled to achieve in other areas of their life, so it is a credit to LASE that all the young people currently on the scheme are doing vocational training. Our hope is that both the work experience and training will equip these young people with the skills, confidence and self-discipline for future work.

Originally, all placements were within Bolton Council. Most departments have responded to their 'corporate parenting' role by offering looked after young people various opportunities. They provide supportive, safe and caring placements which offer self-development and work-place satisfaction. Young people gain an overview of how these council departments work and there are possibilities for apprenticeships or more permanent employment, in the future.

Limitations in the type of placement available within the council have been addressed by developing links with local businesses and several good, reliable placements have been secured within the Bolton area.

Who runs LASE?

The scheme is managed through the Corporate Children's Office.  The scheme co-ordinator makes sure that both mentors and young people are fully supported throughout the placement.

If you are interested in the scheme, talk to your leaving care worker first.  Your leaving care worker will tell the scheme co-ordinator you are interested so that an informal chat can be arranged.

Please contact us if you wish to find out more about the scheme.

Bolton Council

Castle Hill Centre

Castleton Street

Bolton

BL2 2JW

Telephone 01204 337326

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