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Young people are aspiring to Success 4 Life
Friday 14th December, 2018

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.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People’s Services, says,
‘I’m so pleased that we were able to support this fantastic initiative. We’re committed to helping young people fulfil their potential and I hope that all of the students who have completed this course now feel like they can aspire to achieve success.’

Eight young people completed the nine week programme.

Connor, 14, from Wigan, says,
‘The programme gave us lots of challenges and we learned from every challenge we were presented with. We’ve improved on personal qualities such as communication, listening skills, teamwork and leadership. We all helped each other and I’ve made some new friends that I hope I’ll keep in contact with.’

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 aspfut@wigan.gov.uk

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