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Beyond Your Limits

An employability programme for care-experienced young people.


What is Beyond Your Limits?

The Beyond Your Limits programme has been specifically designed with and for care-experienced young people in education, aged 16-20. On the programme you will receive paid employability training, multiple work experience placements, a personal development grant, a business mentor and progression coach.

 

The programme will help you develop key skills that are essential for reaching your true potential and taking your first steps into a career, including:

  • Increased self confidence
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Improved financial literacy
  • Stronger self and career ambition
     

Please note the Beyond Your Limits programme is currently being run through a combination of face to face and online delivery. The programme is supported by a range of employer partners across the UK, in a variety of sectors, and has been created with the support of the CareTech Foundation. 

 

What is involved in the programme?

The Beyond Your Limits programme offers up to two years of support, with the first year of training delivered mainly in the school holidays to fit around your school or college commitments. 

On the Beyond Your Limits programme, you will:

  • Receive employability skills training and financial literacy sessions, to gain a wide variety of transferrable skills and give you a head start in your career
  • Be given the opportunity of two separate paid work experience placements, up to 8 days in total 
  • Have access to a volunteer business mentor to offer advice and guidance for the first 10 months of the programme
  • Be offered monthly sessions with a dedicated progression coach for up to two years
  • Be entitled to two x £200 personal development grants
  • Complete a formal level two qualification in understanding emotional wellbeing from the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Be invited to a series of alumni events following the programme, for networking, personal and professional development
     

Can I take part in Beyond Your Limits? 

We welcome young people onto the Beyond Your Limits programme who meet the following eligibility criteria.
 

You must:

  • Be aged 16-20
  • Be in part or full-time education at any setting
  • Be in care
  • Have the right to work in the UK (original documents need to be verified)
  • Have a National Insurance number
  • Be willing to commit to a two-year programme (with 20.5 days of core content delivered in the school holiday periods during year one)
  • Be willing to take a DBS check (only under certain circumstances)
     

How do I apply to join the Beyond Your Limits programme?

The Beyond Your Limits programme is run on a referral basis only.

 

This means we require an application from a teacher, youth organisation, social worker, local council professional or other support worker. If you are a young person who is keen to take this opportunity, please share this information with them, or you can get in touch directly.


Know someone who could benefit?

Social workers, youth workers, teachers and other support professionals, please get in touch to see what we have available in your area and make a real difference to a young person you are supporting. 

Are you an employer interested in supporting?

Find out how employers support our programmes and get involved today.

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