UWE and Concorde Partnership host Ambitions event

Issue date: 19 October 2010

University of the West of England Wednesday 20 October 2010, 09.00 – 20.00, UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre

The University of the West of England and Concorde Partnership will welcome 2000 school and college students to The Ambitions Event at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, an all day programme on Wednesday 20 October, aimed at raising the career and educational aspirations of 14-19 year olds from eight local schools and colleges.

Following successful events over the last two years, 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 Abbeywood Community School, Bradley Stoke Community, Brimsham Green, Castle, Chipping Sodbury and Marlwood schools, as well as Patchway Community and Filton Colleges 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, Airbus UK, Circomedia, GCHQ, Hilton Hotel, Noma Architects, Zenos, City of Bristol FE College and six regional Universities.

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 is 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.”

During the evening session, students in years 9-13 will also be joined by their parents.

John Walker, Co-ordinator 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 see this event as all the more important for our students as they face the prospect of tougher economic conditions and job competition. Employers' advice and inspiration on making relevant choices at this stage is vital.”

For more information on the Concorde Partnership, visit: www.concordepartnership.com


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