09 Jul

It has been a couple of weeks since I wrote a blog as we have been busy securing those final destinations for our young people. With everything that has happened in the last 18 months, this is an amazing achievement for all. In this week’s blog, we will celebrate just some of those achievements.

All students have now finalised those last bits of their employability qualification and sat those final exams – fingers crossed for great results!

Now on to destinations:

  • Hasnain has secured a position at a local café.

  • Dominic has secured a job with a local bakery.

  • Luka continues to work more and more hours at David Lloyd.

  • Jermaine has secured his volunteer role at AVRO Football Club, supporting throughout the week and on match days.

Our job coach Maria has an update too..

I have been out and about looking at old and new placements, trying to build new bridges and re-establish old ones with previous employers. After a visit to David Lloyd over in Cheadle, I’m pleased to say we have been given the go ahead to restart our placement in September after a long break of 19 months, we are so pleased to be getting back. We still have to be mindful of Covid rules in the building and we will be part of the teams cleaning equipment in the gyms, the courts and in the areas where they run the individual fitness classes. We will have a job coach and 4 students there 3 days a week and it will be a very busy schedule, we are very much looking forward to being back.

We also have a new placement with Northern Roots, a pioneering project which will create the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on 160 acres of stunning green space in the heart of Oldham. After speaking with the project manager Alan last week and having a tour of this amazing site, I am very happy to say we will be able to work on the project under his guidance. This will give us the opportunity to learn about food production, horticulture, renewable energy, and urban biodiversity. We had were lucky enough before the rain hit us to go over to the site with Lewis and Jordan to have a look around and see what work is being done and what we will be looking at in September.

Our Future Finders students have continually risen to each challenge, being in college, out of college, placements forever changing and spending more time learning the underpinning knowledge of the skills required rather than putting them into practice, but they have done it!

You have all worked hard, kept persevering and worked towards creating your own meaningful futures!

In celebration of all the students’ hard work and dedication, there will be an End of Year Celebration on 20th July (for students only), this will be taking place at Mahdlo. Our college Activ8 team have worked hard to organise a ‘Health Festival’ for all the college, which will include fun and games in the morning, then lunch followed by our celebrations – there will be a letter sent out via ParentApp with all the details.

On a final note, I have been led to believe there is a big match on this weekend?? There are family gatherings, street parties organised, wherever you are going, whatever you are doing, enjoy watching the game and stay safe!!

Have a great weekend and we will see you soon!

Anne-Marie and the Team

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