Alan Bailey, Employer Engagement Lead at Bucks UTC describes a profound change in a students as a result of the Inspiration Programme.
“The students came in and did their induction, we start in a couple of weeks, and then in.”
“One student that stood out, we had a student that didn’t talk to anybody’ Wouldn’t say anything to anyone, wouldn’t engage with us as teachers, he just sat there. He was part of construction so he wasn’t part of my normal lessons, so the first time I met him was in Inspiration [Programme]. I thought, he’s not going to engage, he’s not going to be interested, he wasn’t interested, he just sat there.”
“As the weeks went on he started turning up for more of the Inspiration sessions, he started engaging, he was talking to new visitors, he couldn’t wait to go out on the trips. And now I have got him a work placement. He is now thinking of working for one of our employers, he has got his CV out to our employers as well, and he’s always engaging going out on trips now.”
“So that vis one of the biggest changes I have seen in one of our students. Very impressive, and I’m very happy for them.”
What is The Inspiration Programme?
The Inspiration Programme is an Action4Youth initiative delivered in schools and colleges across Buckinghamshire with students in year groups, from year 10 to year 13. It broadens the horizons, thinking and experience of young people.
It fills gaps in existing provision by creating opportunities for young people, providing unique and unprecedented access to Business, Police and Criminal Justice, Health & Wellbeing, Arts & Culture, and Community & Environment
The programme supports young people to have greater belief in their own abilities by becoming more skilled problem-solvers, better team-workers and stronger communicators.