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Post 16 and care leavers

The Department for Education (DfE) letter - higher education opportunities

Download the letter from the DfE for opportunities for Post 16 and care leavers in higher education

Apprenticeships care leavers’ bursary guidance


The bursary is for eligible apprentices who are in care or are care leavers. It will help remove financial barriers to accessing and completing apprenticeships. The bursary is separate to the additional funding that employers and training providers can receive to support care leaver apprentices.

Eligible apprentices

For an apprentice to be eligible for the care leavers’ bursary, they must:

  • be aged under 25 at the time they start their apprenticeship
  • not have received the care leavers’ bursary before
  • be either an eligible child, a relevant child or a former relevant child.

Young people should speak to their local authority personal adviser (PA) or social worker for professional advice and information about their leaving care status.

The website of the children’s rights organisation Coram Voice has an Am I a care leaver? quiz that can help young people understand their leaving care status and the support they should get.

Visit the Apprenticeships Care Leavers bursary website

Arts Award discover and explore

Arts Award Discover is an introductory award, designed for ages 5 and above, but is open to children and young people aged 25 and under. To achieve an Arts Award Discover, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of: taking part in arts activities. To fond out more information and how to take part.

Download the Artslink information leaflet

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Last updated: 14/03/2023 14:14

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