Lesley Buet, Director of Support Services, All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Academy in Mansfield, asked Avril Rawson from Pendragon Training Academy if Pendragon could support a number of Year 11 students in achieving their targeted GCSE grades by increasing awareness of how to prepare for their future careers.
On Tuesday 20 March 2018, six Year 11 boys from the school attended Pendragon Training Academy for a workshop specially designed for them called ‘Life After School, The Next Steps’. Andrew Harrison, Technical Training Programme Leader at Pendragon, delivered the event. The boys were involved in a number of tasks enabling them to look at where they are now and where they saw themselves in the future. He then discussed with them the pathways to their success and how they needed to work hard to get the exam results they need to ‘open all doors’ for them in the future.
The boys had the benefit of hearing about Andrew’s life experiences, he told them how sometimes it helps to have someone other than a parent or teacher helping them to look clearly at the road ahead, encouraging them to get good GCSE results, look at different routes and always to have a Plan B!
The highlight for the students was the opportunity to look at and sit in the new Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport which was specially brought into the Academy Showroom for them.
The event ended with a lunch and an opportunity for the boys to discuss with Andrew their ambitions for the future, what qualifications they will need, information about apprenticeships and how to ensure that all doors remain open to them after GCSEs enabling them to make the right career choices in the future.