College Support

’Inspired to Aspire’ works primarily with young people aged 16-19 who are not engaged in education, employment or training (NEET) but are ready to commit the time and effort required to improve their knowledge, skills and employability level.

Inspired to Aspire provides access to personalised one to one mentoring support and practical working experiences with the aim of inspiring participants to re-engage with education, employment or training. Inspired to aspire has a number of different pathways tailored to help young people succeed; some of these options are explained in more detail below:

’Inspired to Aspire Engagement Support Service’
Salford City College and Salford Foundation have teamed up to provide support to students at risk of disengagement and/or exclusion. Personalised one to one mentoring assists learners to maintain focus, address issues and barriers to learning with the intention to re-engage with mainstream college programmes. In addition to personalised support, group sessions are held on topics including managing emotions, drugs and alcohol awareness and employability skills and attitude. Students can get involved in leisure enrichment activities to improve their emotional health and wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.

From Volunteer to Inspired Colleges and Engage Mentor: Rob's Story

I heard about the Foundation through friends as I was looking for a volunteer placement whilst studying my degree. I started volunteering alongside the Engage mentors, helping them plan sessions in the office – I then assisted the mentors during their group work sessions.

 

Engage provides targeted early intervention to vulnerable children and young people aged 8-16 to tackle problems emerging in their lives.

 

I then applied to work on NCS, a personal development programme for 16-17 year olds delivered by the Foundation in Salford and Trafford. It was recognised that I worked really well with young people. I was then asked if I would like to attend an interview for a full time role at the Foundation on the Inspired colleges programme and as an Engage mentor too!

 

A lot of people don’t know much about the colleges programme. Salford City College and Salford Foundation teamed up to provide support to students at risk of disengagement and/or exclusion. Personalised one to one mentoring assists learners to maintain focus, address issues and barriers to learning with the intention to re-engage with mainstream college programmes. In addition to personalised support, group sessions are held on topics including managing emotions, drugs and alcohol awareness and employability skills and attitude.

 

The best part of my job is when I know I’ve made a positive impact on a young person. And receiving text messages from parents praising the work I have done with their children and positively changing their attitudes & behaviours.

 

I’ve also met some fantastic colleagues along the way.



What people are saying

“I have learned to control my time and in the mean time I have learnt to become flexible. I have been given access to a number of training opportunities and I am currently working towards gaining my Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Level 2 NVQ. I think as well that as a person, my own personal skills and knowledge have increased. I feel I have developed my communication skills, my people skills and also my knowledge of opportunities for Young People in Salford.”

“I enjoy socialising and meeting new people - I feel more confident now. I have passed my Level 2 English, and now I am working towards my maths Level 2 I’m really proud of myself.”

“Katie has been such an asset to my department. She works enthusiastically and completes all her tasks. I know how challenging her background is, but she’s tried so hard not to let this affect the placement. We’ve been so pleased with Katie, we’ve agreed to extend her placement beyond the 12 week threshold.
(Jonathan Harper - Head of Marketing, The Lowry)”

If you believe you have a young person who would benefit from the support of the College Support project, please get in touch.

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