20 Dec

We started off the week with a visit from Mr Quinn, who wanted to come and speak with the students and find out what they have been up to this term and celebrate some of the successes. I am sure Mr Quinn will share this in his blog this week.

On Wednesday Future Finders celebrated Christmas with the whole of the Pathways, Pre Interns and Bridging the Gap students from Medtia at our College Christmas dinner at the Atrium. A wonderful festive time had by all!

We finished off the year on Thursday when we all went to see ‘The Secret of Christmas Eve’ which has been put on by Oldham Theatre Workshop.

I will now hand you over to our job coach, Anne-Marie for more news of the students’ work this term..

This is the last update of 2019 from our Future Finders and what a term it has been, a very one indeed! This term has seen all our young people accessing placements and growing in confidence, making new friends, upskilling and improving their independence. We are constantly receiving excellent feedback from the employers that support our students. All of this is amazing and the students should all be very proud of themselves! 

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our employers for offering our young people the opportunity to work with them over the last term, building on their skills and giving them a chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a real working environment – without you, Future Finders wouldn’t be possible!!! So from all the young people and staff at Future Finders – ‘THANK YOU”!!!!!!!!!

We have had a great last week of term, out on placement for the beginning, saying our thank yous and, for some of us, our good byes as we are moving on to new placements in the New Year, then finishing with a few days of festivities. Wednesday was our Christmas Dinner Day..

..while Thursday saw us watching a Christmas film in preparation for going to the Pantomime at Oldham Library..

This week has also seen us visiting our new placements for those who are moving on – I have been in touch with parents over the last week or so discussing the new opportunities that your young people will be accessing, including introducing independent travel to and from placement.

That’s it from us for this year! It has been a busy start and no doubt will be another busy term when we come back! So rest up, enjoy time with your families, have a very Merry Christmas and see you all in the New Year!!

Now our job coach Genna has news of our students down at the university..

Hello all from Manchester Metropolitan University!! The term is nearly over and what a term it has been!! Lewis is back in IT hoping for a paid apprenticeship in the New Year (he has been showing the new graduate trainee from Bolton University what to do!) Go Lewis!!

Dom is continuing with facilities but will be moving to a different department so that he can use what he has learned this term to work more independently!!

Luka has been poorly the last couple of weeks but is looking forward to continuing in F&B and Josh is moving to the Students Union to work in the gift shop!!

We have also attended the university MAD awards for staff at the university who have Made a Difference, which many staff have for our students by supporting them and Bridging the Gap, thank you to you all!!

And finally but definitely the most important ….we went bowling with the student ambassadors this week as a treat and look at the scores!!! I won!!!! (Not that it matters because it’s all about the taking part…..but I did win 🙂 )

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and to all my students for working hard and sometimes making me pull my hair out, but you have made me proud! Lots of hard work in the new year, targets to be boxed off but first of all it’s two weeks off and it’s Chriiiiiiiiistmas!!!! Happy Holidays All!!

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. I hope you all have a wonderful time.

See you in the new year,

Jaina
Head of College

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