Foxes Academy Graduation
On Friday 20 June, the South West National Careers Service were invited to attend Foxes Academy Graduation Celebrations at Butlins in Minehead. Foxes Academy is an independent residential specialist college and training hotel for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The focus of the college is on training learners to work in the catering and hospitality industry.
Team Managers Jonathan Jefferies and Connie Madden have built relationships with Foxes Academy to support their staff and students, and adviser Matthew Markham has worked closely with the students to help them develop the skills needed to secure employment.
Foxes Academy was recently awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted, with the work of the National Careers Service team quoted in the report: “Learners receive excellent careers advice and guidance as a result of well-established links with the National Careers Service. They develop the skills needed to secure employment, such as learning formal interview skills, undertaken with unfamiliar people to make the experience real. The helpful feedback that they receive identifies their individual areas for development and the qualities they should build on.”
Jonathan and Connie both said: "It was a real honour to be invited to share in the students’ success and celebrate with them as they embark upon the next stage in their journey."
Motivational speaker Peter Avis addressed the students, sharing his career highlights and journey in the hospitality industry after leaving school with no qualifications. A 2017 graduate also shared his experience of how Foxes Academy has provided him with the foundations to live independently of his parents and secure employment in a local hotel serving up to 200 breakfasts during busy shifts.