Integrated Bradford Make the Grade wins T&A Schools Award
Our Make the Grade programme with Integrated Bradford won a Telegraph & Argus Schools Award last Thursday 15 March.
Integrated Bradford has invested in seven schools' Make the Grade programmes in the Bradford district - Beckfoot School, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Grange Technology College, Hanson School, Titus Salt, Tong School and University Academy Keighley - to provide opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to develop their employability skills and confidence when it comes to future careers success.
Make the Grade focuses on bringing ideas and inspiration through real-life, hands-on experiences about future career paths to young people. School teams work with business experts and volunteers to design and deliver activities that have a lasting impact, combining their knowledge and expertise to provide exciting experiences for students that help them to make more informed decisions about their futures.
With the help of Ahead Partnership, each school chooses a variety of activities to make up their programme each year and may choose to co-invest in order to expand opportunities and have a wider reach.
5,592 young people were supported in 2016/17 academic year through these sponsored programmes with young people having contact with 187 local business volunteers across every sector and industry, taking part in exciting and interactive activities including interview practice, workplace visits, careers panels, enterprise competitions and careers events.
As a result, 90% of young people supported last academic year agreed that the programme helped them focus on the future and better understand the world of work and 94% of young people believed the programme improved their confidence and self-belief.
The award was accepted by Ahead Partnership's Megan Taylor, Tom Darling, from Beckfoot School and Craig Ashton, from Integrated Bradford. Megan said: “We’re all here because we know how important it is to get children to know about the world of work. There are hundreds of great businesses in Bradford who want to do amazing things getting involved in this partnership.”
David Jowle from the Southfield Grange Trust said: “Having worked closely with Ahead Partnership since they first started out in Leeds, I have seen from the perspective of two very different schools, the value that Make the Grade can add. The range of opportunities on offer and the business links they make available to schools are well structured, relevant and sustainable in equal measure. We’re really pleased to hear they have been recognised for the work they do in Bradford schools.”
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