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The Local Offer for Care Leavers


Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus help people of working age find work in the UK. It is a part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Job Centres have a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) who work with the Leaving Care Team to help care leavers.

Jobcentre Plus provides resources to help people who are looking for jobs to find work. They do this through Jobpoints (touch-screen computer terminals), Jobseeker Direct (telephone service) and the Jobcentre Plus website. They also offer information about training opportunities for people who have been unemployed for a long time. If you’re interested in starting a business, they can help you with applying for a New Enterprise Allowance. They also administer claims for benefits such as Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, and Jobseeker's Allowance. The Job Centre can also help you with claiming Universal Credit - as a care leaver, you can make an advanced claim for Universal Credit 28 days before you turn 18 years old, but can only submit it online on your 18th birthday.

To find out more, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office or call 0345 6060 234.


Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme

The Civil Service offer care leavers aged 18 to 30 the opportunity to apply for a 12 month paid internship in the Civil Service across multiple different departments.  These entry level internships are available across multiple locations in different departments, with the application window opening around September each year. 

Look on the Civil Service Careers website for latest information about these and other career opportunities such as:

  • Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP)
  • Early Diversity Internship Programme
  • Work Placements

Civil Service Careers website


Our annual careers event for young people across the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Royal Borough of Kingston is once again being hosted at Harlequins Rugby Club in Twickenham from 11 - 3pm. The event offers young people to the opportunity to:

  • meet and network with a range of employers, 
  • learn about the different Apprenticeship and Graduate routes in a range of industry sectors
  • gain information on courses available to local young people 
  • get an idea of what it is like to work in a specific industry sector

For more information please email


Confirmed Exhibitors 

St Mary's University
Kingston University
West London College
Mace Group
Kingston Council
Britsh Airways
South Thames College Group (Kingston)
London Healthcare Science Trainee Network Board
Capel Manor College
Institute of Cancer Research
United Response
Morgan Sindall
Balfour Beatty
London Fire
Kingston Adult Education
Met Police
Winvic Construction Ltd.
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Vauxhall City Farm
Headmasters Salons Limited
Greenacres Nurseries
Green Corridor
Museum of Richmond
Royal Air Force