Guilsborough school are leading way in county

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Guilsborough School is the first in the county hoping to bridge the gap between education and employment thanks to its new Careers Academy programme.

Staff at school launched the programme on Tuesday for their 16 to 19 year-old pupils in an attempt to better equip them with the necessary skills and qualifications needed to succeed in the work place.

Career academies co-ordinator at Guilsborough, Tim Grogan, said: “This is already being run all around the world and we are going to be the first school in the county doing it for our pupils. As the flagship school we hope to encourage other schools to get involved.”

At their launch event at Highgate House, in Creaton, more than 30 employers, including Barclays, Jaguar, Argos, DHL, Cummins and the SWAN partnership, came along to register their interest in the school’s new venture.

Mr Grogan said of the event: “It was fantastic and all those who attended said they would like to support the academy.

“Most said the content was interesting and they would like to work with us.”

The four main ways Guilsborough Career Academy will work with students is through guru lectures - expert lectures to inform and educate students - and internship positions. Plus partners in business and visits and seminars to local and national businesses.

Mr Grogan said: “I have been on a one-man mission to help get students into the world of work. I have seen students coming out of school with very little confidence and creativity and I want to change that.

“One of the best things about our new career academy is that it gives students some time in a paid placement in an area of work they are interested in. That builds on the skills they have when they come out of A-levels and gives them some proper work experience and the best possible chance of success.”