UWE and Concorde Partnership host School's Ambitions Event

Issue date: 17 November 2009

University of the West of England Wednesday 18 November 2009, 09:00 – 20:30, UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre

The University of the West of England and Concorde Partnership will welcome 1,600 school students to The Ambitions Event, an all day programme on Wednesday 18 November, aimed at raising the career and educational aspirations of 14-19 year olds from six local schools and colleges.

Following a successful event last year, UWE in collaboration with Concorde Partnership, an organisation which links schools, colleges and businesses in the Severn Area of South Gloucestershire, has organised a full timetable of activities to help students discover for themselves the range of careers and educational options available to them.

Students in years 9-12 from Filton High School, Bradley Stoke School, Patchway Community College, Castle School and Marlwood School as well as Filton College will have the opportunity to get advice and visit the stands of Further and Higher Education colleges and over 50 employers displaying at the event throughout the day. They will include: Avon and Somerset Police, Sainsbury's, Rolls Royce, Harvey Nicholls, GCHQ, Filton College, City of Bristol College, Open University and UWE.

Bev Green, Head of Partnerships at UWE, said, “The Ambitions Day is such an important event for young people and their families. The 14-19 age group are at a crucial stage in their education where they have tough decisions to make about their future: from choosing their GCSEs to their choice of college or university course and what career they'd like to pursue at the end of their studies.

“Through our work with the Concorde Partnership, we are able to bring the schools, colleges and employers together under one roof so that students and parents can easily access all the information and advice they need. We want students to feel inspired, to break down the barriers to education and the world of work, so that young people have the confidence to achieve their goals.”

In addition, students have the option of attending talks on careers and funding for further and higher education. Chris Matthewman, an educational comedian and writer will also give a motivational talk on understanding and developing their talents, abilities and passions.

During the evening session, students in years 10-13 will also be joined by their parents.

John Walker, Development Manager of Concorde Partnerships, said “It is an exciting environment for our learners, where they are able to explore so many different avenues under one roof. We are building on the success of last year's event by adding a greater breadth of employers and training providers all in a fantastic new space provided by UWE at their new conference site."

For more information on the Concorde Partnership, visit:http://www.filton.ac.uk/concorde/index.php

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