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Care leavers Dorset CouncilDorset Council has built on a positive relationship with Hall & Woodhouse, to create valuable career and training opportunities for young adults who are leaving the care of the council.

The family-owned business is lending its support to encourage young people to consider a career in hospitality, and beyond, by inviting Dorset Council’s care leavers to an exciting taster day at their brewery headquarters in Blandford, on 24 November.

The taster day will consist of a tour of the brewery to gain first-hand experience of the wide range of operations taking place there, followed by an exciting session with one of their kitchen development chefs on how to create a healthy, budget meal. An informal Q&A session will follow, with opportunities for the young people to gain interview and assessment support and career advice.

Jill Meyerhoff, Head of Recruitment for Hall & Woodhouse said: ‘I’m very pleased to build on our relationship with Dorset Council and lend our support to Dorset’s care leavers. As a business, we are keen to support and nurture people to fulfil their potential and there are so many opportunities for young people to explore with us.

‘Being a great place to work is a key driver for Hall & Woodhouse. We look for personality and potential and many of our managers have been promoted from within, which highlights the scope of career progression that is available. We look forward to welcoming them to our headquarters in November.’

Councillor Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help said: ‘“I’m sure we would all like to raise a glass and say cheers to Hall & Woodhouse! I am delighted that this long-established, Dorset hospitality business, is getting behind the need to understand and support our care leavers.

‘We would like to encourage more local businesses and organisations to consider how you could be part of Dorset’s initiative to give the best support to those leaving our care. If you’re willing to help, then we want to hear from you.’

How businesses and organisations can lend their support

Dorset’s Care Leaver’s service currently supports over 260 young people aged 18-25 within the Dorset Council area. Many care leavers face the challenges of pursuing their studies or finding employment, while developing life skills, often without the support that other young people receive from family and friend networks.

Earlier this year, Dorset Council joined the national Care Leaver Covenant, a promise made by the private, public and voluntary sectors to provide support for Dorset’s care leavers.

‘We are now asking for our wider community to consider the ways in which they can also lend their support,’ said a spokesperson for the council.

If anyone would like to find out more about the Care Leaver Covenant and how to support Dorset’s care leavers, please contact Susan Holden. Email: [email protected].

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