Christine Gregory

Care Leaver's Bursary



First time we have had this scenario, so need some advice - we have a 17 year old apprentice who is in foster care.  Would they be eligible for the care leaver's bursary?

Also, the employer is a larger employer so they would still be co-funded, but are their other additional payments we would be paid if they do come under 'care leaver' or is it just the usual 16-18 year old additional payments?

Thanks, Christine


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Sarah Wartnaby

Hi Christine, 

For Care leaver,  I believe it they fall into the definition of the below then it should be fine: 

  • P120 : Apprentices are eligible to receive a £1,000 bursary payment if they have been in the care of a UK local authority as defined in paragraph P112:
  • P112 A child in care is defined as:
    P112.1 An eligible child - a young person who is 16 or 17 and who has been looked after by a UK local authority / health and social care trust for at least a period of 13 weeks since the age of 14 and who is still looked after;
    P112.2 A relevant child - a young person who is 16 or 17 who has left care within the UK after their 16th birthday and before leaving care was an eligible child; or P112.3 A former relevant child - a young person who is aged between 18 and 21 (up to their 25th birthday if they are in education or training) who, before turning 18, was either an eligible or a relevant child.

For co-investment if they have fewer then 50 staff, no 5% required. If they have 51 plus then they will need to pay a co-investment as they are classed as a large employer (but not levy).

Additional Payments the employer is entitled to and is not affect by care leaver, to separate things/payments (one doesn't affect the other).

Hope it helps.


Christine Gregory

Hi,  thanks for your reply - you answered my question more than the response I received from the service desk.

I assume we will need an email/letter from the local authority and a declaration from the learner to confirm he hasn't previously received the bursary & he wishes to receive it?


Christine Gregory

Does anyone have a template for a care leavers declaration?