Giving Calderdale children a good start in life

Children in council care will be given every chance to get jobs or apprenticeships with the authority.

A formal scheme is to be set up to develop a formal scheme, said Calderdale Council’s lifelong learning spokesman Coun Ashley Evans.

“All 51 councillors are Corporate Parents with a responsibility to ensure the continued welfare of all looked after children and like any parents, we want to ensure that the young people in our care have the best available chance of getting a job or an apprenticeship,” he said.

The council’s lead member for children’s services, Coun Megan Swift, said the council had to make sure sure that they have the best opportunities possible to get the skills and training they need.

“Our priority is that Calderdale should be a place where every child and young person thrives, is safe and happy. But we need also to ensure that the children and young people that we have responsibility for have the best possible start as adults, too.”youngsters the best possible start in life