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Compass Group supporting care leavers into work

Compass Group UK & Ireland has pledged its support for young people coming out of care with the launch of its Care Leaver Covenant commitment.

Partnering with leading hospitality industry charity Springboard and Government delivery partner Spectra First, who support young people to realise their best outcomes, the aim is to provide support for those leaving care looking for employment in the hospitality sector.

There are approximately 70,000 children in care in England and by committing to the Care Leaver Covenant promise the business is giving care leavers the opportunity to start a career in the food services industry.

In partnership with Springboard Compass is offering a two-week pre-employability programme resulting in a guaranteed interview for a live vacancy within the business. If successful and following completion of a probationary period, care leavers can progress onto one of 31 different apprenticeship courses as part of their career development and most importantly sustainable employment.

Donna Catley, HR Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland commented: “We think everybody deserves the same opportunity and by working with these great charities and the Department for Education we believe we can successfully help integrate young people coming out of care into the working environment.

“Our pre-employability programme has helped a number of candidates into apprenticeships and employment. We are immensely proud of our capability to mentor and train young people at Compass, both of which are key elements to achieving sustainable employment. As a business Compass Group UK & Ireland pledges to provide care leavers with improved access to employment and educational training, giving them a new way of thinking and helping them move forwards by providing a clear career path.”

For more information about the Care Leaver Covenant Pledge visit: https://mycovenant.org.uk/

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