A group of young people have got their sights set on university after completing a confidence building course.
Run by Greater Manchester Higher at Wigan & Leigh College, in partnership with Wigan Council, Success 4 Life aims to encourage young people who are living in care to continue with their studies into further and higher education when they leave school.
Jennifer Cockram, Outreach Co-ordinator for Greater Manchester Higher explains, “Looked after children tend to face many more barriers in their life and studies have shown that they underachieve academically compared to their peers. Greater Manchester Higher is committed to actively addressing this inequality and under-representation in Higher Education by supporting looked after children from a young age.”
Anna Dawe, Principal of Wigan & Leigh College, says, ‘We’re so proud of the young people who have completed the course this year. They excelled at the team building and confidence building activities and moved on to experience taster sessions in subjects they’re considering studying when they leave school. This is an important programme as it helps to raise awareness of opportunities and shows that higher education is an achievable option.
The young people were supported to get involved in Success 4 Life by Wigan Council’s aspiring futures team.
Young people in care who might be interested in getting involved in the next Success 4 Life programme and who are in school years 9, 10 or 11, can get in touch with Wigan Council for more information [email protected]