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Career Ready graduates celebrated

Career Ready graduates celebrated

On Thursday 4th February Blackpool Sixth celebrated the graduation of its 2015 Career Ready students.  Employers, parents and members of staff attended the glittering event in the college’s theatre and a buffet reception afterwards.

Career Ready is a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. Blackpool Sixth works with the organisation to offer a structured programme of career development for 16-19 year olds, that sits alongside students’ college courses in the business and IT department. The programme is partly delivered by employer volunteers who provide masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships to help our students compete with the best in the country.

Fifteen students graduated from the programme this year, all having benefitted from a personalised programme of career support and extensive experience, including a paid internship during the summer.

Four special awards were awarded at the event for outstanding performance during the Career Ready programme.  Sarah Gee, 17, from Thornton, a former Cardinal Allen Catholic High School student, gained the award for outstanding effort. Murat Cobandag, 18, from St. Annes, a former Lytham St. Annes High School student received the award for outstanding contributions to the programme and the employers’ recognition award went to former Baines School pupil, Sammi Lai, 18, from Cleveleys.

Lauren Tooth 18 from Hambleton, a former St. Aidan’s Church of England High School student, was named Career Ready ‘student of the year’.   Her citation noted that she had ‘shown great initiative in securing not one but two internships’ – having worked very successfully with both Anchor IT and GB3, a computer networking company.

Lauren Tooth, Career Ready 'Student of the Year' with Principal Jill Gray

Lauren Tooth, Career Ready ‘Student of the Year’ with Principal, Jill Gray

Blackpool Sixth Principal, Jill Gray, thanked both the Career Ready charity and the local employers who have worked with the college for helping to provide such valuable experiences for the students involved.