Career Matters are developing guided support for care leavers via a new vocational skills platform - Project Thrive - which offers personalised layers of support for learners. Thrive connects care leavers and employers to improve vocational outcomes and opportunities.
Career Matters is a social enterprise which exists to improve access to career development opportunities for all.
Project Thrive provides guided support for communities most removed from traditional pathways into education, employment and training. Thrive is a new skills platform, which offers personalised layers of support for learners. Thrive connects communities with employers to support inclusive recruitment practices, vocational outcomes and career opportunities.
Career Matters focusses on ‘lived experience’ communities including care experience and lived experience of criminal justice - supporting communities who face a cliff edge of care. 10,000 young people leave care every year and their progression into training and employment is extremely low. Only 17% gain 5 GCSES, only 2% go into apprenticeships and 27% of people in the criminal justice system are care experienced.
Project Thrive was co-designed and co-produced with people with lived experience of care and criminal justice to improve confidence and motivation of individuals farthest away from learning who face complex barriers to progression.
Thrive community 2022 aims to further develop the Thrive platform to broaden the hybrid approach with a range of delivery partners across the NHS, local authorities, secure settings and within the community to enable scale of support through an ecosystem approach. The aim is to evidence the effectiveness of this way of working and to embed Thrive in mainstream service provision of organisations working with the target learners.