FAQs

Updated Tuesday 18 February, 2014 by

Click on the questions below to see their corresponding answers.

My Son/Daughter has just left employment, education, training… what should they do now?

Register with the Participation & Transition (PAT) Service – part of Doncaster Council for support with information, advice and/or guidance about career options (including employment, education and training options) CV Support, interview techniques etc.  Telephone 01302 862150.

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Where can my Son/Daughter find info about local 6th form courses, college courses, training opportunities etc?

Information available here.

Where should my Son/Daughter look for an Apprenticeship?

Local apprenticeship opportunities available here.

My Son/Daughter is 16/17 and unemployed… can I still claim Child Benefit / Tax Credits?

For further information regarding child benefit and tax credits, contact The Participation and Transition Service on 01302 862150 to discuss eligibility. Alternatively see here.

My Son/Daughter is 16/17 and unemployed… can they claim Benefits?

There is no automatic entitlement of benefits for anybody under the age of 18.  However, hardship benefit and income support may be available depending on individual circumstances.  

New claimants should contact 0800 055 6688 or online 

My Son/Daughter is 18+ and unemployed… can they claim benefits?

For eligibility information, please click here.

 

My Son/Daughter is unable to stay in the family home, where can they go for housing?

Please click here for info, support and advice:

 

My Son/Daughter is in education / training … where can they get support with a CV/interview skills/job search?

Support with writing a CV, interview skills and job search should be available via their School or Training Provider.  Your son/daughter should speak to tutor or training adviser.  Support and information also available here.

My son/daughter is unemployed… where can they get support with a CV/interview skills/job search?

Support is available via the Participation and Transition Service for 16-18 year olds – please phone 01302 862150 or click here.

Support is also available via the National Careers Service

 

My son/daughter is in education / training but is thinking of leaving… where can they get Careers Advice?

All schools, colleges and training providers are required to provide Careers Advice to their students/learners.  To request an appointment for your son/daughter, contact the careers office in their school, college or training provider.

Support is also available via the National Careers Service

My son/daughter is unemployed and unsure what to do… where can they get information, advice and careers advice?

Please contact Doncaster Council's Participation and Transition Service on 01302 862150 to arrange an appointment with an Adviser. 

Support is also available via the National Careers Service

My son/daughter has got special educational needs... what support can we access, and where from?

Further information is available here.  Alternatively contact the Participation and Transition Service on 01302 862150 to discuss available support.

My son/daughter has just completed GCSEs, but is returning to 6th form in September… does he/she need to register with the PAT Service?

Registration with the Participation and Transition Service is not required.  Please complete and return any documents provided by child benefit (explaining your child’s intensions to return to education/training).

My son/daughter has no money for bus fares etc for interviews… do you provide money to support?

Further information regarding support with transport is available here.

My son/daughter has to pay for equipment/clothing for college/training course.. How can we get help with costs?

Please contact their place of education (college/training provider) to discuss available funds, bursary etc.

My son/daughter has applied for a college course / apprenticeship / training programme but has not had a response regarding their application… what should they do?

If it has been more than two weeks since the application was submitted, we would suggest that they contact their college, training provider, employer to chase things up.

Is there any support available for my son/daughter's dental, optical costs etc?

Please click here for all relevant info regarding health info and advice.