A group of Bournemouth students have been inspired to aim high after completing a year-long higher education and careers programme.
The 31 Year 10 students participated in Avonbourne Trust‘s bespoke Inspirational Futures programme, which saw them take part in a series of workshops funded by the Southern University Network and supported by business partners.
In recognition of their efforts, the Avonbourne and Harewood college teenagers received certificates at a special awards ceremony organised and hosted by Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students at Avonbourne Sixth Form.
Avonbourne’s director of sixth form, Kathryn Loughnan, said: “We are very grateful that the sixth form enterprise team organised such a fantastic event to celebrate the students that took part in the programme.
“The programme broadened the horizons of these young people and inspired them about their futures after school.
“We are very grateful to the Southern Universities Network and all our business partners who gave up their valuable time to work with our students.”
To spearhead the Inspirational Futures programme, Avonbourne Trust has employed Pippa Allner a dedicated, full-time head of careers and employability.
Kathryn Loughnan planned the programme and arranged the workshops the students took part in, which included Microsoft talking about career paths and J P Morgan guiding them on the preparation for employment.
The Trust also enjoys the support of a Local Enterprise Partnership ambassador – Lucy Bramley from Microsoft – in addition to the funding from the Southern Universities Network (SUN).
Robin Wilcox of SUN, said: “It was really pleasing to see how much the students gained from this project and the wide variety of experiences they gained, which will hopefully help them when thinking of their future options.
“It was also great to hear how the students want more experiences like this in the future.
“Southern Universities Network was more than happy to help, but credit has to go to all the staff involved for facilitating these activities.”
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