Today’s final article takes an honest look at two young people from Leicestershire who did not manage to achieve the grades they needed last year, but are now doing well.
Fran met Phil, a Prospects adviser, after she had her GCSE results. She narrowly failed to get the grades to stay at Beauchamp for A levels. Fran planned to appeal her grade D in English, but as this takes a number of weeks, it was too long to make a difference. Fran had applied for Theatre and Performing Arts Production and was keen on backstage careers, but also had a taste for performing. Phil helped Fran look at Performing Arts Production courses at Leicester College and Brooksby Melton College. She preferred the Leicester College but Phil ensured she did not rule anything out in the short term.
The course at Leicester College is very popular and had limited spaces. Knowing it was a competitive course to get on to Phil encouraged Fran to declare her dyslexia on her formal application and at the interview. Fran was accepted and enrolled on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Production (Technical Theatre) at Leicester College.
Rachel attended one of the drop in sessions in Leicester run by Prospects after getting her GCSE results. She had applied to Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth College to do A levels but did not meet their entry requirements. Rachel had experienced bullying and was reluctant to join a large institution. Talking to Rachel about her needs as well as her interests, Phil soon saw she was very keen on music. She mentioned an apprenticeship in a music shop she was aware of and felt this represented the ideal solution.
Phil knew about the vacancy but was honest with Rachel about the amount of competition she would face for the vacancy. Phil suggested as well as applying for the apprenticeship they research music based options, Rachel liked Leicester Academy of Music and Phil arranged a meeting. Rachel started a 2-year, level 3 music course shortly after.
Like Fran and Rachel, you may not know about all the different options so if you need more advice you can get help and impartial advice from Prospects. In addition in Leicestershire additional support is available across Leicester and Leicestershire for young people as part of a European Social Fund (ESF) project called Improve your Prospects.
Young people aged 16-24 who are not in employment, education or training, including anyone who has not got the exam results they needed this summer can join Improve your Prospects and get help into apprenticeships, traineeships, employment, voluntary work placement and education.
Young people who join Improve your Prospects complete a six-week intensive employability programme, giving them the vital skills they require for work. Some will gain recognised qualifications. Although intensive the course will not take a one size fits all approach and will be individually designed to suit each young person’s needs.
Amanda Lake from Prospects said: “Being out of work or education when you are young is very difficult, it affects the way you feel about your life, your future and your goals. At Prospects, together with our partners Connexions Leicester, we are here to help you make plans for a better future and inspire you to develop your potential.”
The ability to carry on and be adaptable when life doesn’t go your way is a quality that many employers, colleges and universities value in future recruits, so whatever your results, you can get help and advice from Prospects, for free.
Prospects operate a drop-in and an appointment service in Hinckley and Loughborough. We also provide support at outreach venues throughout the county. Both of the centres are open Monday to Friday. The Hinckley centre is at 51 Castle Street and Loughborough is at 7 Fennel Street. Find out more at www.facebook.com/ProspectsLeicestershire.
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Notes to Editor
The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life. Each year Prospects inspires more than 500,000 people to develop their potential and transform their lives. More than 1,400 professional and skilled colleagues provide practical support to the local communities they are based in across the UK and internationally. Prospects is one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK. It is also a Leader in Diversity and ranked in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.
Alona de Havilland
07790 803882 or 01823 362804
Senior Communications Manager
020 8315 1023 or 07901 922211