October 2017

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We are delighted to announce that Future First is partnering with Greenergy, the UK’s leading supplier of road fuel, to give state school students the opportunity to learn how to succeed in the energy and fuel industry.

Year 10 and Year 12 students, studying maths and sciences will have the unique opportunity to tour Greenergy plants in Immingham, Plymouth and Teeside. They will also take part in bespoke Future First sessions to gain an insight into employees’ career pathways and the study routes they should follow to pursue specific jobs.

Greenergy is one of several leading employers working with Future First to give young people in state schools and colleges the chance to connect with people in a variety of jobs. This connection is instrumental in broadening students’ horizons and boosting their confidence, motivation and knowledge about career pathways. We want everyone to succeed in a career of their choice, regardless of their background and are proud to be working with Greenergy to help students make informed and ambitious decisions about their futures.

Future First research shows almost 50 per cent of young people receiving Free School Meals don’t know anyone in a job they would like to do and that three quarters of them don’t believe that they can be successful.

Christine Gilbert, our Executive Chair and former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said, “Future First’s new partnership with Greenergy will provide inspiring opportunities for more young people to develop their employability skills and gain a greater understanding of the world of work. Students will see what a modern workplace looks like in action and will be able talk to professionals working in Greenergy. They will be able to connect personally with people whose stories and experiences bring the industry alive. Hearing from employees in interesting jobs helps students make better informed decisions about what they need for their working life as well as develop the skills employers are looking for today.”

Video by Idenna Creative

“A lot of people in Cornwall focus on the here and now and what’s going on in their local communities and I think, as this Bodmin College alumni have shown, that the world is a lot bigger than that.”

Scott Mann MP

Scott Mann MP has been to watch an alumni workshop at Bodmin College in his constituency of North Cornwall. He was eager to see an alumni event in action after hearing about the work Future First is doing to improve students life chances across the country.

Future First has been working with Bodmin College for two years to help build an alumni community that can help raise students’ aspirations.

The local MP was struck by how instrumental alumni can be in helping to broaden students’ horizons, saying: “A lot of people in Cornwall focus on the here and now and what’s going on in their local communities and I think, as these Bodmin College alumni have shown, that the world is a lot bigger than that.”

Photos by Idenna Creative

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