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Construction career chance for care home leavers

SCHOOL LEAVERS from care and foster homes in Hampshire are being offered the chance to kick-start their careers by winning apprenticeships with highways maintenance firm RCS.

RCS is term maintenance contractor for Hampshire. It plans to take on 've teenagers after assessing their potential during a three-day taster course.

The course was set up by the company after West Hampshire Social Services asked it to contribute towards driving lessons for care home school leavers. RCS decided to go one better and offer the teenagers an insight into a career in construction.

'We have a real need for young people in this industry, across a wide range of disciplines, as apprentices and in further education, ' said Hampshire contract director Dave Trowell.

'And it's great to be able to help youngsters who, for whatever reason, may not have had the easiest of starts in life.

'The taster courses show young care leavers what we do, while allowing us to assess potential future candidates.' Ben Roome, a 17-year-old from Andover who has spent seven years in care and foster homes, said it was a tremendous opportunity.

'This will be a great chance to turn my life around, and feel a bit of stability, ' he said.

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