New site shows young people options 

12/10/10

Young people in Bolton will find it easier to access information about their education and training options, thanks to a new website.

My Course My Future provides 14 to 19-year-olds with impartial information on education and training, covering all courses and qualifications.

Young people will be able to use the website to search for their favourite subjects or qualifications and get further information on course quality, teaching and assessment, progression routes and related careers.

They will also be able to access information on related topics such as Education Maintenance Allowance, using public transport and where to get help and support if they need it.

In addition, young people will be able to use it to apply for their post-16 options using an integrated application system known as the common application process (CAP).

My Course My Future was officially unveiled at last week’s (October 7) Futures4me event in Bolton Town Hall. Year 11 students in all of the borough’s secondary schools and academies will use the system for the first time this year.

It is hoped that the Prospectus and CAP systems will help to improve the range of information young people receive about what's available to them after leaving high school.

From September 2011 it is expected that the majority of year 11 students in Greater Manchester will start to use the system to apply for post-16 learning and training.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: "The new website will be an invaluable tool for young people who are thinking about their education and training options.

“Not only will it have indispensible information about courses and qualifications available to them, but it will also provide an easier way to apply for their post-16 options."

The site has been developed by the ten local authorities in Greater Manchester and provides information on courses and qualifications in schools, colleges and training providers in all ten boroughs.
 
It has been funded by the Greater Manchester Challenge, a government initiative that aims to improve educational outcomes for young people in Greater Manchester.

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