As part of our Futures service, our Schools Liaison Team work closely with schools, sixth forms, academies and IAG providers across Northamptonshire and surrounding counties delivering useful and relevant information to students.
Having once again secured Matrix accreditation in 2018, we have been recognised as being able to offer impartial information to support young people to make well informed, realistic decisions about their options, education and future career choices.
As qualified and experienced careers advisors, we are passionate about raising aspirations and motivating/empowering young people by providing them with advice and guidance when making their next step and considering their future.
'Ignite the Spark' Initiative
‘Ignite the Spark’ is an exciting, evolving initiative designed to support the teaching of STEM subjects within schools by delivering an annual programme of events to excite pupils and inspire them to consider science, construction or engineering careers
Our ‘Ignite the Spark’ initiative recognises the power of partnerships between education and industry, providing pupils with the opportunity to learn directly from those actively working in STEM-related careers. By working together, we can make sure that all our young people and their parents are fully-informed about exciting career pathways.
Previously, we have run popular Science Masterclasses in collaboration with the National Space Academy, inviting groups of year 10 and 11 pupils in to college to participate in a series of space-themed workshops. Local schools have also entered students to participate in The Big Rig at the College, a low carbon challenge on a large scaffold structure, with teams of eight competing to install a solar powered water system.
In June 2019, our Booth Lane campus hosted a week-long Construction Engineering Festival. This consisted of an innovation workshop led by award-winning organisation TeenTech, a presentation from former Robot Wars winner Gabriel Stroud and a variety of STEM based taster sessions, including the return of the popular Big Rig Low Carbon Challenge.
We will continue to build upon our work within the Ignite the Spark initiative during 2020, with a focus on Digital Skills. Our upcoming ‘Creating Digital Futures’ event will help young people get a feel for the digital world that awaits them and the skills they need to acquire in order to increase their chances in the future job market.
What can we offer you?
Our team visit your school, work closely with your staff and advise pupils to increase awareness of the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. With extensive knowledge of vocational courses and progression routes, we can support you to meet the relevant requirement of the Gatsby benchmarks to provide your students with an encounter with a further education provider.
We are happy to be involved in a variety of events including:
- Parents’ evenings
- Careers fairs
Tours of the College and taster sessions for groups of students can also be arranged.