We are delighted to announce that Caroline Hallett – Education, Participation & Achievements Manager at By The Bridge, CareTech plc – has been selected for a three month secondment to the Foundation. Caroline is the first person to join the Foundation’s exciting new secondment programme, following a competitive selection process across CareTech plc. The secondment will help the Foundation to establish its new Care Leavers University Scholarship Programme, focussing on supporting care experienced young people attending UK universities.
Ensuring that the Foundation’s mission is aligned with the expertise of the company was a key founding principle for the Foundation. Experience has demonstrated that the Foundation has been most successful when it can count upon the experience and commitment of the company’s people. The Foundation’s new secondment programme will ensure a strong interchange of staff between the charity and the company and its people.
The Foundation has a growing range of high-profile programmes seeking to effect significant change, particularly in the social care sector. Each secondee will work alongside the Foundation team and our charitable partners on a project at the heart of the Foundation’s work. These secondments will provide an excellent opportunity for leaders and those with identified leadership potential to develop their skills, gain wider experience and enhance the engagement of staff in the Foundation’s work.
Caroline has been with By the Bridge for three years and heads up the Eagal Team. She is an experienced Project Manager and was previously a Director of Children’s Charity working with Young Carers. This, combined with her experience here with By the Bridge, made her an ideal candidate for a project role which saw applications from across the Caretech Group.
Caroline is really looking forward to the opportunity to make a difference to care-experienced young adults’ participation in university. She said:
“As we are all aware, most care-experienced adults will experience personal, educational and financial challenges in accessing quality higher education. A recent Department for Education report showed that access to higher education is much lower for young people who have been in care; in 2017-18, only 12 per cent of pupils who were looked after continuously for 12 months or more entered higher education compared with 42 per cent of all other pupils. Once at University, those with care experience are nearly twice as withdraw from their degree than their peers.
I am delighted to be able to play a small part to ensure the Caretech Foundation Scholarship Programme improves the university participation opportunities for young people who have been in care. Our Lead Eagals and Branch Managers will be covering some of my work during this secondment, I am really grateful to them for their support, which has enabled me to take up this opportunity.”
Our CEO, Jonathan Freeman MBE, said:
“We are all excited to welcome Caroline to the Foundation team. Caroline brings a wealth of valuable experience in the children-focussed charity and care sectors. Thanks to the support of CareTech plc, our work is supported by the wealth of expertise available throughout the business. All of our programmes benefit from valuable insight offered to us by the company’s sector specialists and this secondment programme will enhance that offering for the Foundation, our partners and the quality of work we aspire to deliver.”
Please join us in wishing her well for the time of her secondment. We look forward to welcoming her to the team and benefiting from her wealth of experience.