Event shows young people the way 

11/10/10
People at the Futures4me event
Cllr Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services; Cllr Madeline Murray, Executive Member for Looked After Children and Safeguarding , Margaret Asquith, Director of Children’s Services, and Thornleigh pupil Alex Glovier (aged 16).

The Futures4me event saw more than 1000 year 11 pupils and their parents gaining valuable information about their future learning and career choices.

The event, held yesterday (October 7) at Bolton Town Hall gave Bolton’s sixth forms, further education colleges and work based learning providers a chance to showcase the courses and learning options they have to offer young people.

Visitors to the event were also able to find out more about apprenticeships, higher education and volunteering and employers were available to talk about careers within their respective industries.

Bolton Council’s Connexions team were on hand to provide careers information, advice and guidance and to help young people use the new Greater Manchester online prospectus.

Year 11 learners in Bolton will be among the first in the country to apply for their post-16 courses online through the new Common Application Process, and the response to this method of application at the event was excellent.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is so important for young people to be aware of their options when they reach year 11, and it is good to hear that so many people came to the event and benefited from the advice on offer.

“Bolton’s colleges, sixth forms and employers provide a great range of services for the borough’s young people, and I’m sure that their insight will have given the young people who attended plenty of food for thought.”

The pupils that attended the event had many positive comments.  A Canon Slade pupil said: “It has given me lots of ideas and helped to point me in the right direction for my future choices.”

A parent of a Year 11 pupil from Thornleigh Salesian College said: “The event has been very informative and has helped my son a great deal.”  Another parent of a Year 11 from Bolton St Catherine’s Academy said: “It’s been brilliant!”

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