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Merton LBC has successfully placed nine young people on work experience ...
Merton LBC has successfully placed nine young people on work experience

as part of the Teenagers to Work Scheme.

Under the Teenagers to Work Scheme, promoted by the department of health,

officers of Merton's children's services have co-ordinated nine two-week

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

after children.

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

been established.

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