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Helps state schools and colleges to build thriving alumni communities. Former students can have a transformative effect on young people’s confidence, motivation and skills. Having grown up in the same area and having had some of the same teachers, former students can be ideal career role models as they are instantly relatable.

Research (undertaken by the charity Education and Employers) shows that more encounters with employers while at school means young people are significantly less likely to be unemployed and will earn up to 18% more. An alumni community provides students with access to a network of role models in a wide variety careers and courses. Alumni will return to schools to share experiences and insights into the world of work, training and education after school. This may include supporting decision-making at important transition points. They might give help with interviews or the UCAS process, for example. Many alumni return to give careers talks to small groups or assemblies and this inspires students to work harder and aim higher. Alumni are also able to offer a range of work shadowing opportunities. Alumni create a community of volunteers for a range of activities from school governors to fundraising.

As students leave each year, they too sign up to the alumni network and return to inspire students in their old seats. This allows students, as recent leavers, to stay connected to the school and access support once they’ve left. By volunteering to inspire the next generation, these students can improve their CVs, access references from teachers and continue to be part of a network of support for years to come.

See http://www.futurefirst.org.uk/ or get in touch on info@futurefirst.org.uk.    

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