The Post- 16 Cohort Programme started with an evening performance at the Tobacco Factory in November, which included an outstanding performance of Brendan Murray’s ‘Up Down Man’. The discussion that followed addressed the topic of ‘adulthood’ that was raised in the play. Several of the Future Quest learners contributed articulately to the discussion, offering their own views and opinions about what adulthood means to them, and all listened attentively to the viewpoints offered by the other young people and general public involved in the discussion.
We had a very well attended and hugely successful launch on 16 November at UWE Bristol Business School. At the launch, 113 parents, carers and students attended to find out more about post-18 options, including the different levels of apprenticeships and the range of university courses available to learners and the earning potential attached to certain pathways. Students were given examples of the diverse range of employers that are currently recruiting graduates, most of whom did not require a specific discipline. There was also an opportunity for people to have a tour of the student accommodation and The Students' Union. Guest feedback shows how valuable the students and their families find the Future Quest programme and this event will be followed up with emails thanking those attending and giving details of upcoming events.
Looking ahead, year 12 students are excited at the prospect of visiting the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol and participating in a psychometric profiling day, as well as other cultural opportunities. The continuing presence of Future Quest has resulted in a steady increase in more bespoke opportunities for young people across the city.