LEAP Mission Statement

"LEAP strives to enable care leavers to access and engage in a wide range of appropriate employment, education and training opportunities at a time in their lives which may not have been possible previously.

Our aim is to prepare young people to leave care with the confidence and ambition to become successful adults, capable of fulfilling their potential."

Jason Egan (Team Manager - LEAP)

Leaving Care Service and LEAP

The Leaving Care Service and LEAP (Learning, Employment, Advice and Preparation) was established in 2008 by identified gaps in Employment, Education and Training (EET) provision, towards Looked After Children and Care Leavers.  LEAP is fully supported by Children's Services and sustained by the voices of Looked After Children and Care Leavers in the Service who have consistently told us that they:

  • Want easily accessible EET provision
  • Want to be in a none judgemental environment
  • Want to be with other young people with similar care experience backgrounds
  • Want to know the staff (from a social care background) and feel more comfortable
  • Wish to learn in Small Groups

LEAP provides easily accessible EET options for vulnerable groups, which are unrestrained from age and financial restrictions ie 16 to 21. LEAP supports young people who at a time in their lives may not have engaged with the statutory education system (up to 18) and may still have some barriers to reading and writing at 19 and 20, the Benefits system, ie Work Programmes and potential impact upon care leavers understanding and capacity to engage in such programmes, the raising of the statutory school age and the impact this will have on care leavers. The Leaving Care Service has also implemented Outcome Star within EET provision, which is an assessment and reviewing tool to measure the impact of support in the lives of care leavers

What Does LEAP offer?

Intensive Education Support (Get Motivated)

  • Get Motivated is run by 3 very experienced and knowledgeable staff members (including one qualified teacher) who come from a variety of backgrounds (such as Social Care, Youth Service, Connexions). 
  • Get Motivated offers dedicated support for Care Leavers, Looked After Children, Children in Need (Youth Homeless) and young people engaged with the Youth Offending Team.
  • Young people who engage in this provision may have been NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) for a long time and may have social, behavioural, emotional or educational barriers to education.
  • Get Motivated will support you from age 16 up to 25.
  • Get Motivated will support you in small groups.
  • Get Motivated will support you to gain qualifications in functional skills (Maths and English), Life Skills and Employability.
  • We support academic levels from ESOL to Level 2 in Maths, English, Information Technology (I.T) and Employability Skills.
  • Get Motivated will support you at a pace that best meets your needs.
  • Get Motivated will introduce other services and agencies to support you, such as Connexions, Drug and Alcohol Service, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, Blast, Turnaround, Health Support and Housing support.
  • Get Motivated can offer one-to-one support to those who maybe cannot cope in a group environment, or simply need to gain better functional skills qualifications to assist in College entry. An example of this would be a young person gaining a Level 2 in English through LEAP to allow entry to an Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering at Level 3.
  • Get Motivated uses Outcome Star to support your progression, which is a partnership tool between you and your worker, which can identify your specific needs and dedicate support to these needs.

Employability Support

  • We offer dedicated Employability Support to care leavers, Looked After Children, Children in Need and Young People engaged with Youth Offending Team.
  • We will work with you to determine your likes and dislikes and explore what jobs would be most appropriate for you.
  • We have clear employability pathways to meet all needs regardless of your education and experience (Work Tasters, Work Placements, Pre Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships).
  • You will complete a functional skills initial assessment and diagnostic to better understand their academic ability, which ensures that any employability options provided are appropriate.
  • Remember: it is okay to not like a work placement, which you have chosen as this is part of your journey. Work Placements exist to allow young people to experience employability in a safe environment and learn from your experiences. We will still support you into other opportunities.
  • We have built solid and enduring partnerships with Council departments and private sector organisations to ensure employability options are available:
    • hospitality
    • Human Resources
    • Work Experience team
    • Building Services
    • Catering Services
    • Parks and Landscapes
    • Street Scene
    • Elderly and respite care
    • Children’s and Family Centres
    • HFT (Adult Disabilities Charity)
  • Our Employability Support uses Outcome Star to support your progression, which is a partnership tool between you and your worker, which can identify your specific needs and dedicate support to these needs.

Higher Education

We offer dedicated Higher Education (HE) support to young people who have aspirations of engaging Higher Education.

What we do:

  • Promote Higher Education to various groups and raise aspirations.
  • Provide knowledge on Higher Education to those young people who may have a poor view of the statutory education.
  • Provide financial support or guidance over the duration of your studies.
  • Provide budgeting support.
  • Support transition to Higher Education (leaving home for the first time).
  • Support with UCAS applications.
  • Support around choosing the correct course.

The LEAP Team

LEAP is based at Culture Fusion, 125 Thornton Road, Bradford, BD1 2EP

Please contact us or drop in.

Team Manager

Jason Egan
01274 436760

Employment Link Workers

Sue Johnson
01274 433965

Lesley Ward
01274 435383

Julie Midgley
01274 437602

Employment Support

Mark Hofsteede
01274 435382

Higher Education Support

Phil Slack
01274 435381

Admin Support

Sam Sewell-Peterson
01274 433591

“Staff are really helpful and supportive, a strong team. They are almost like a family” (LEAP Learner)

“The staff at LEAP are brilliant and have such nice personalities. They also help you out a lot and are

always there for you” (LEAP Learner)

“It gave me a chance to be myself, to learn comfortably and have tutors that genuinely care” (LEAP Learner)

“Young people regard the LEAP service (Learning, Employment, Advice, Preparation) highly. When describing the LEAP team, words like ‘amazing’ and ‘awesome’ tripped off their tongues. The service was at risk because of funding cuts in the local authority. Young people canvassed corporate parents to save this service and as a result they continue to benefit from the support.  Care leavers speak of excellent relationships between themselves, the LEAP team manager and the rest of the team. This is encouraging positive attitudes to developing qualifications, accreditations, work experience, training and employment. Young people say they are engaging in qualifications and training because the team ‘believe in you and you feel like you want to come’; ‘it’s not like school and you can have a second chance’. Care leavers also say they receive high quality advice and guidance from the dedicated university worker.” The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) – March 2014

“Young people consider that they are well prepared for their move into independence and say they get good support to help them manage budgets and develop additional skills if needed. They are particularly appreciative of the opportunities, through LEAP, to visit the Ministry of Food and develop their healthy eating skills there. Young people say they are safe where they live and are supported into the accommodation of their choice.” The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) – March 2014

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