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Ambitious futures for academy students; SPONSOR'S MESSAGE.

WITH 100% of students who left Redcar Academy in 2013 going on to further education, employment or an apprenticeship or training, it is clear that the school is developing determined, ambitious young people who are focused on building successful careers.

As part of a series of ongoing initiatives with partner businesses to build confi-dence, ambition and entrepreneurial spirit, students have recently taken part in the Start Something Social project, with some extremely impressive results.

Start Something Social is a project held in conjunction with UnLtd, an organisation which encourages young people to use their entrepreneurial skills to come up with business ideas which would benefit the community, referred to as "social enterprise".

Redcar Academy students received training on how to best put their skills into practice, and were shown examples of where social enterprise has benefited communities.

They were then invited to think of their own ideas for social ventures, and attended a boot camp at the Riverside Stadium on April 29 to pitch their ideas before a panel of judges.

The boot camp proved to be a resounding success for the academy students. Of the four social enterprise ideas pitched, all were successful in receiving funding of up to PS500 to help bring their projects to fruition.

Ideas included a movie club for the elderly, a memory box project for Alzheimer's sufferers and activity clubs where young people can be safe and tackle any personal issues they have.

The students, buoyed by their success, are now looking forward to getting started on their first projects as social entrepreneurs.

Adam Harrington, who pitched the movie club idea, said: "It was great to be successful in my pitch and receive funding. The careers advice we receive at Redcar is brilliant - whether you want to go into further education, an apprenticeship or a fulltime job after Year 11, there is always someone there to help you.

"I'm now looking forward to a successful career."

Ebony Slater, part of the pitch team for the memory box project, added: "Our team are delighted to have won the funding for our idea. Working on the project has helped make us all more conscious of the community and what we can do to make it better."

Jo Harrington-Coonan, careers advisor at Redcar Academy, added: "The Start Something Social project has been a brilliant opportunity for our students to show how passionate they are about improving our community, and has uncovered some budding social entrepreneurs.

They really embraced the UnLtd project and showed great initiative in taking ownership of their work. "A key focus for everyone at the academy is to build confidence and ambition in our students, and our students have really done themselves proud in this project. We are eagerly anticipating taking part in similar events in the future."

The academy is constantly looking for further ways of enhancing student opportunities, and is looking forward to forming further links with local, national and international businesses. Ambitious futures are anticipated for all students of Redcar Academy.


Redcar |Academy head teacher Christine Parker
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 21, 2014
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