Date: 02/07/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Young people who have achieved against the odds have had their hard work rewarded at a celebration event. Medway Council runs five different programmes every year to help 14 to 16 year olds stay in education as part of the national Key Stage 4 Engagement Project. The project supports 268 teenagers across Medway’s schools and Pupil Referral Units and encourages and equips young people with skills which they can use in the work place, as well as developing their social skills. The teenagers also take part in a range of exciting work placements with local businesses to gain valuable experience in the work place, which compliments the extensive vocational accreditation delivered across the five programmes. On Monday, 30 June Medway Council’s Director of Children and Adults Rose Collinson presented the young people with their certificates at a ceremony in front of parents, carers and school governors at Rochester’s Corn Exchange. Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Children's Services Cllr Les Wicks said: "The aim of these schemes is to increase young people's performance and boost their chances of progressing to further education or employment. I've been really impressed by what they have achieved." Medway Council's Director of Children and Adults Rose Collinson said: "I'm proud and delighted to be able to help celebrate these young people's amazing academic and personal achievements over the past year. Not only have they achieved impressive results in GCSE exams they've also made huge progress in their own personal development. My congratulations to each of them. "My heartfelt thanks to everyone who provides work placements because the continuing success of this programme depends on the support and commitment of everyone who makes it possible for the young people to show what they can achieve through their enthusiasm and hard work. Learning in the workplace has paid off and will continue to do so throughout their working lives."