Thomas Bennett Community College and LoveLocalJobs Foundation C.I.C. have joined forces to provide Year 9 students with future career aspirations, boost their confidence, employability skills and wellbeing through four Dare to Dream Programme sessions.
Emer Lesova, Head of School, commented: “Our students are at the heart of all that we do and it is fantastic that we are able to provide them with opportunities such as the Dare to Dream project. We believe that enrichment programmes such as this one will prepare them well for their future.”
Focusing on the core themes of self-awareness, mindset, gratitude, resilience, teamwork and employability, inspirational speaker, Jack Hayes, the well-known former host of the Breakfast Show on Heart FM, now on air with More Radio, and business volunteers from Gatwick Airport use their own experiences to drive and motivate the students.
The programme includes multiple interactions including inspirational assemblies to 211 Year 9 students and further workshops, mentoring sessions and a workplace visit to Gatwick Airport for a cohort of 15 students to help give them the confidence they need to fulfil their potential.
Careers Lead and Assistant Headteacher, Jon Luck said: “The students enjoy having Jack deliver a powerful assembly where he shares his own struggles and experiences as a teenager and we believe that such a motivational person will have an impact on their future choices and career aspirations. We are also very keen to support local businesses such as Gatwick Airport so it’s important to inform our students about their employment possibilities.”
Commercial Operations Manager at Gatwick, Lauren McDaniel said: “I was really excited to be part of this programme! Having grown up in the local area and joined Gatwick when I was 18.
“I felt I could offer some relevant advice and experience to the students at Thomas Bennett Community College. It’s been wonderful to hear about the ambitions of this group of young people, as well as the challenges they face. I hope that I can contribute in a positive way.”