City hotel joins care scheme

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A CITY hotel is one of the organisations which have signed up to a scheme to help young people leaving the care system.

The Marriott Hotel in Sunderland is part of the Government-funded FromCare2Work programme aimed at helping young care leavers into jobs, training or further education.

To date, 100 employers, including the Marriott group, which has a hotel in Sunderland and one in Durham, have joined the project, which has created 4,000 employment opportunities for young care leavers in the last 18 months, giving them the skills they need to succeed.

FromCare2Work, which is managed by the National Care Advisory Service, aims to help these young adults start a career, complete qualifications, secure paid work and lead an independent life.

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said: “It’s vital they get help to gain the skills and training they need to find a job and make their way in the world.

“I’m delighted that 100 employers have signed up to the FromCare2Work programme.”

Young people leaving care face significantly harder challenges in securing training and work opportunities.

They are less likely to achieve good GCSEs at school and may need extra help to gain the skills they need to do well.

A total of 13.9 per cent of looked after children achieve good GCSEs of A*-C – the national average is 58.6 per cent.