Community comes on board to help Amble school leavers prepare for the future

Amble school leavers are getting the backing of the local community as they set out on the path towards employment.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 6:00 am
Members of North East Learning Partnership, Ford NGL, James Calvert Spence College staff and new enterprise adviser, Kate Dawson (centre).

A special day of master planning was hosted by James Calvert Spence College on Thursday as it welcomed parents, community group representatives and local business owners at its South Avenue site.

This was the second collaborative event held by the college following their selection as one of only four educational establishments in the North East to introduce elements of the USA Ford NGL education model with the support of education charity the Edge Foundation and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. There were 30 applicants to the scheme.

Attendees at the event discussed the desired skills, attributes, and competencies of James Calvert Spence College leavers that will best prepare students for the next stage in their lives, whatever their goals may be.

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They also worked in groups to plan action points around the three core focus areas of learning, reading and literacy and local community.

The day gave the opportunity for parents, businesses and the wider community to provide feedback and expertise that will help direct the steps James Calvert Spence College and its students will take in the future.

Kate Dawson, founder and director of the All-in-One-Company and newly-appointed enterprise adviser at James Calvert Spence College, said: “This is a very exciting project where we are linking to the community and to local businesses to give our students hands-on project led learning opportunities.

“Out of 30 educational establishments who applied for this we were one of the lucky four who are on this journey.”

The next event for the project will take place on March 27 with parents and local community and business representatives invited to attend.

The Ford NGL education model aims to give students a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest them.

The American model empower students through career exposure so they can make timely, informed decisions and discover their true passions while earning early college credit and nationally recognised industry certifications.

For further information about the project and how you can get involved, please contact JCSC’s industry alignment partner, Rachael Church via email at [email protected].