Ipswich college puts students’ Future First

Former learners from an Ipswich college are being asked to return and inspire current learners to grasp the futures they want.

Suffolk New College in Ipswich is part of Future First’s programme which helps state schools and colleges develop past pupil networks so they can harness the talents and experiences of alumni to support the next generation.

Former students will return to volunteer at presentations and workshops, designed to motivate today’s students to broaden their job horizons and increase their chances of accessing their chosen careers regardless of their background.

Suffolk New College is one of a thousand state secondary schools and colleges across Britain which have worked with Future First. The charity’s vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving and engaged alumni community that helps it to do more for its students.

More than 260,000 former students nationwide have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They’re motivating young people as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors and fundraisers.

Suffolk New College wants to contact former students who’ve gone on to achieve career success and recent leavers now in further education or training. The college is inviting former learners to speak with tutor groups and learners in their old departments.

Marianne Flack, Director of Quality, Teacher Development and Student Progress, said: “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway. A network of past students with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current pupils’ job horizons and equip them for the world of work.”

Lorraine Langham, Chief Executive Officer of Future First, said: “Alumni show young people a world of opportunity and a future that could be theirs. We want to give them hope for the future and the confidence and motivation they need to succeed.

“It would be wonderful if former Suffolk New College pupils could sign up and give back to the students of today who are following in their footsteps. It will provide them with the reassurance that comes from hearing what it took for someone who sat in the very same classroom to make a success of their lives in a wide array of fields.”

Alumni of Suffolk New College can join the network here.