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L-ife – Project

Young people who have been in care are one of a number of vulnerable groups who struggle to succeed in the work place.

Often the disadvantage young care leavers experience is because of people’s attitudes towards them. However, a key factor is that care leavers often don’t have the personal skills and abilities to gain and sustain work. Young people, who have experienced neglect, abuse and other forms of emotional damage early in life, can struggle to acquire the levels of confidence, resilience and self-management that are needed in young adulthood to enter and succeed in their relationships and at work.

Between late 2008 and February 2011, Innovation for Employment, a project funded by the EC Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme, tested interventions to assist care leavers in developing their employability. Our partnership has comprised five countries: the United Kingdom, Poland, Ireland, Romania and Hungary.