Beyond Your Limits

An employability programme for care-experienced young people.

What is Beyond Your Limits?

The Beyond Your Limits programme has been specifically designed with and for care-experienced young people in education, aged 16-19. On the programme you will receive paid employability training, financial literacy training, work experience placements, a personal development grant, a business mentor and progression coach.


The programme will help you develop key skills that are essential for reaching your true potential and taking your first steps into a career, including:

  • Increased self confidence
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Improved financial literacy
  • Stronger self and career ambition

Please note the Beyond Your Limits programme is currently being run through a combination of face to face and online delivery. The programme is supported by a range of employer partners across the UK, in a variety of sectors, and has been created with the support of the CareTech Foundation. 


What is involved in the programme?

The Beyond Your Limits programme offers up to 12 months of support, with the first year of training delivered mainly in the school holidays to fit around your school or college commitments.


On the Beyond Your Limits programme, you will:

  • Receive employability skills training and financial literacy sessions, to gain a wide variety of transferrable skills and give you a head start in your career
  • Be given the opportunity to complete a paid work experience placement, with a potential second placement subject to engagement
  • Have access to a volunteer business mentor to offer advice and guidance for 10 months of the programme
  • Be offered monthly sessions with a dedicated progression coach for up to 12 months
  • Be entitled to two x £200 personal development grants
  • Be invited to a series of alumni events following the programme, for networking, personal and professional development

Can I take part in Beyond Your Limits? 

We welcome young people onto the Beyond Your Limits programme who meet the following eligibility criteria.

You must:

  • Be aged 16-19
  • Be in part or full-time education at any setting
  • Be in care
  • Have the right to work in the UK (original documents need to be verified)
  • Have a National Insurance number
  • Be willing to commit to up to 12 months of support (with 11 days of core content delivered in the school holiday periods)
  • Be willing to take a DBS check (only under certain circumstances)

How do I apply to join the Beyond Your Limits programme?

We typically receive referrals from school/college teachers, youth organisations, social workers, local council professionals or other support workers. However, if you are a young person who is keen to take this opportunity, meets the eligibility criteria and wants to apply directly, please email the team for more information or apply using the button below. The team are happy to speak to anyone who is interested in this opportunity.


We are recruiting for

  • Beyond Your Limits Birmingham in July 2023. Deadline for applications is 26 May 2023.
  • Beyond Your Limits London in August 2023. Deadline for applications is 23 June 2023.


We are not currently recruiting for Manchester or Glasgow (email the team if you would like to be notified when applications for open again).

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Know someone who could benefit?

Social workers, youth workers, teachers and other support professionals, please get in touch to see what we have available in your area and make a real difference to a young person you are supporting. 

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