LACES (Looking Ahead…. Careers and Employability Scheme) aims to improve the employability prospects for young people, aged 16 – 21, who are or have been in the care of Lancashire County Council, by enabling them to experience the world of work. The scheme helps the young person to learn new skills, gain valuable experience and develop their self-confidence.
How we help
We will listen to the young person about their aspirations and explore the career options available. We then:
- Tailor placements to their needs and interests
- Support them to attend interviews, complete application forms, produce CVs or attend relevant training sessions
- Provide support when dealing with other organisations such as the Job Centre etc.
LACES - Targeted Youth Support
Through this scheme, we aim to reduce the likelihood of young people missing out on key services. They are eligible if they meet a combination of the following criteria:
- Aged 13+ and not in education, employment or training or at risk of becoming so.
- Looked after by the local authority, at risk of becoming so or those leaving care
- Engaging in risk-taking behaviour which may be harmful to their health and well-being.
- Involved in the criminal justice system or at risk of involvement.
- Have learning difficulties or disabilities, including a physical impairment.
- Already a young parent or at risk of unplanned early parenthood.
- Homeless or at risk of being so.
- Young carers.
LACES - Youth Contract - On Track
Aims to increase the number of young people participating in education, training and employment, through provision of a dedicated youth mentor who will provide ongoing support for a period of time. Support to access courses, activities and facilities helps the young person to build confidence and skills.
The young person must be:
- 16 or 17 years old.
- Not in education, employment or training.
- No GCSE’s A-C (still eligible if have gained an equivalent award).