Latest news on Stepladder Plus Roll-out ..
Piloting went well during 2017: the web application for Stepladder Plus has now been live for just over one year. Young people in care are being welcomed onto the Stepladder Plus programme from a number of local authorities as funding permits. Meanwhile the Stepladder course without incentives is available to all 15-17 year-olds in care, and all care leavers up to the age of 25.
So far young people from the following Local Authorities have benefitted: Westminster, Enfield, Kingston, Hillingdon, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea in London, Buckinghamshire, Solihull, Cumbria, Powys, Central Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Stockton-on-Tees, Norfolk, Staffordshire, Sunderland, Calderdale, Dundee, Midlothian, Leicester, Nottingham, Gwynedd, Vale of Glamorgan, Liverpool and East Sussex.
As more funding becomes available the roll-out will pick up pace during 2018.
In order for us to bring a Local Authority onto Stepladder Plus we need to ask them to help us to secure voluntary funding to provide the step payments: please speak to your local authority in the first instance to encourage them to work with us to find the funding. To encourage them, we've sent this video to all our contacts together with registration leaflets to help 15-17 year-olds to register directly with The Share Foundation: ask your virtual school head (England) or social worker for more information.