as part of the Teenagers to Work Scheme.
Under the Teenagers to Work Scheme, promoted by the department of health,
placements in a wide range of settings in the Council's offices for young
people who are in care or have recently left care.
The scheme provides an opportunity to gain a valuable taste of working life.
It forms part of the national government initiative, Quality Protects, that
aims to improve the services and the opportunities available for looked
During their work experience with Merton, the young people became involved
in the sections they have been working in and carried out tasks such as
researching, undertaking surveys, helping with office duties and shadowing
It is the first time Merton has run this project and the results have been
outstanding. In some cases, the two-week placement has led to possible
long-term career opportunities within the council.
The placements begun on Monday 23 July and on their last day, Friday 3
August, cllr Maxi Martin presented each participant with a certificate
to mark their achievement.
Ms Martin said: 'This is a tremendous scheme and I would like
to thank everyone involved. The young people taking part in this scheme have
put in so much effort to make it work and I am delighted that we have been
able to offer two of them jobs.
'I would also like to say thank you to the council departments who welcomed
these young people and made their time with Merton very rewarding and
something to help them in the future.'
The young people have given valuable comments on the way services are
provided and the council hopes they will want to participate in other
developments throughout the year now that a good working relationship has