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Education, training and employment

If you are: 

  • A former relevant child
  • Age 21-25 

This is what you need to know about our responsibilities, regarding your education, apprenticeships, training and employment.


  • We will provide you with support by: 
    • Buying the items you need directly 
    • Or, in exceptional circumstances, by giving you cash to the extent that your welfare and education needs
  • The College of West Anglia, King's Lynn, offers a range of support for care leavers  
  • City College Norwich and Paston College in North Walsham, offer a range of support for care leavers
  • The University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich offers a range of support for care leavers
  • We will provide or pay for accommodation during college or university holidays, if you are studying away from home
  • We will give you a £2,000 bursary if you are in higher education 
  • If you decide to go to university but want to keep your home here in Norfolk, so that you can come back at holidays and when you finish your studies, we will pay up to £100 a week towards your rent whilst you are studying in some cases. Speak to your Personal Adviser to see if you are eligible
  • We will expect you to claim benefits if you are eligible. We will include these benefits in any calculation we make for additional financial support
  • You are expected to apply for a student loan, as any other young person would
  • You can find more general advice on being a student on The Student Room website

We may:

  • Consider making a contribution to post-graduate courses 
  • Assist you in identifying financial support and resources to enable you to undertake post-graduate study 

Please note, that it is important that your Pathway Plan sets out your education journey if you are aged over 21. There is no set age for this support to end. What matters is when you finish your studies or training.

Further information

Training and apprenticeships

  • We will contribute towards rent near to your training
  • Your Personal Adviser will work with you to use our apprenticeship calculator. We will be able to contribute to some of your living expenses and apprenticeship related expenses whilst you are training
  • We will support you to find out what apprenticeships there are in your area and help you apply for them
  • Additional information about apprenticeships


  • We will provide you with support by:
    • Buying the items you need directly
    • Or, in exceptional circumstances, giving you cash that will help your ability to access employment opportunities. For example getting to interviews and, if needed, interview clothing
  • Your Personal Adviser will support you to understand different ways to look for employment and help you complete your CV and applications

Preparation for Adulthood forum

  • From January 2019, we will be holding Preparation for Adulthood forums. You can come along and we will help you make decisions about education, training and employment (and housing). Your Personal Adviser will support you to attend, and you will be able to see what options are available to you, speak directly to providers and talk about next steps

Further information

  • To get more information about education, training and apprenticeships, employment and your entitlements, contact us

If you’re not sure what your status is, you can check the criteria or contact us.

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