Better outcomes for more children and young people is at the heart of everything we do in Barnardo's. 

The BU is starting in its initial phase to focus on a sustainable learning pathway that will excite and engage young people from the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised communities into a lifelong journey of learning and growth. The BU will do this in a number of ways starting with our current offer to the young people we support.

Here's just some of what we've got to share: 
    •    apprenticeships
    •    the Core Priority Programmes and Positive Futures work
    •    the employment training and skills (ETS) programme
    •    voice and influence work 

...and many other ways in which regions and localities are supporting learning together with our young people. 

To enhance the learning opportunities available to our young people we are partnering with a range of agencies in both the business and academic sectors to develop:
    •    mentoring
    •    work experience
    •    paid internships 
    •    access to further and higher education 

Over time The BU is committed  to supporting young people through a range of internal and external learning and development opportunities and will undertake an ambitious set of activities to achieve this.

What we have still to do with the help of our young people and communities

By autumn 2020, we will:

    •    create additional learning opportunities for a minimum of 100 young people through both internal and external access routes 
    •    develop a young people's advisory group as part of The BU faculty structure 

By autumn 2022, we will: 

    •    support a network of The BU graduates and establish a minimum of ten formal external partnerships between The BU and the academic, public and private sectors
    •    create a wider BU external network of at least 50 partners enabling learning opportunities for our young people 

Here's what we've got to share: