Starting Blocks

Starting Blocks is a nationally acclaimed programme which provides supported work placements and insight visits for care leavers. These are some of the most vulnerable young people in our city.

Young people leaving care often experience family instability and a disrupted education. This can lead to poor academic attainment and low self-esteem. Finding a job can be hard and many face unemployment. This is something that we want to combat through the Starting Blocks programme.

From March 2016 York Cares is working in partnership with City of York Council’s Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service and Virtual Schools to extend the Starting Blocks programme to looked after young people aged 11 – 18. This new project – Bright Futures – is funded by Careers and Enterprise Fund. 

Taster days – host a half or full day visit to your workplace for a young person and allow them to shadow different jobs.

Behind the Scenes work taster –  host a group visit and introduce young people to the range of roles available in your organisation. Typically this involves a tour, opportunity to meet staff, information about industry roles and a mock hands-on activity.

Work placement – provide part-time work experience for young people, and match them with an employee ‘buddy’ to support them and boost their confidence.

Skills building – run a short activity for a small group of young people about what skills employers look for in employees e.g. mock interviews or short-listing, team building tasks etc.

Read about James’ experience here: work experience case study