Leeds, Dewsbury, Wakefield & Barnsley
01 June, 2018
Koudoss wins maths competition
Our learners on the aspire2work maths course recently had a competition where students had to answer a tough maths question. The winner of the competition was Koudouss (pictured below with Maryam from the aspire2work programme). Alex Ryan, Koudouss' tutor explains why he thinks Koudouss won:
"Koudouss joined my group around August 2017. His passion for learning was adorable even at the beginning. His mind-set towards challenging questions and spending hours and days solving problems is the key to his success. This competition question was about bearings and it took him weeks to solve it but he never quit and he finally solved the problem on the third try. I had two other students that I’m sure could have solved the problem as well but they stopped trying when their first two tries weren't successful.
Koudouss always comes and explains his ideas when he is struggling with solving the challenging problems but he never asks for the solution immediately, he's always determined to solve it himself. He doesn’t fear maths, instead he is determined to learn it. I always tell my students that love the subject you like, love the challenge and then enjoy your success."
Well done Koudouss, a winning attitude!
The National Careers Service conducted a 'feedback fortnight' in May. The team were asked to collect feedback from all customers who accessed the service during this timeframe. This approach was adopted across Leeds, Bradford, Hull and York/North Yorkshire. Feedback was really positive with some of the comments listed below:
"Very clear and concise information provided, feeling more motivated to pursue a new career path."
"I am much more confident in myself after meeting the advisor at aspire-igen, I am also fully aware of what the future holds for me in terms of a career path, thank you for everything."
"My advisor has gone beyond my expectations, my options are much clearer and some I never considered before, I'm looking forward with a positive outlook."
Glad to see that we are making a positive difference.
Lewis values careers advice from Shine
Our Shine team have been advising Lewis from Priesthorpe school for a while. Read the case study below which shows the big impact the careers advice had on him.
Lewis had his first guidance interview in Year 10 at Priesthorpe School. He wanted to find out about his options and make decisions about whether he continued with full-time education at school or college. Chris, his Careers Adviser, spent some time explaining the different options, including how apprenticeships are set up and the different jobs you could do.
They met several times in Year 11 to discuss how Lewis was feeling about the future and what might suit him after Year 11. Lewis used the National Careers Service website for information on the different types of jobs and it helped him decide that he was keen on Engineering. From there they used the UCAS Progress website to research full-time courses and he found Engineering courses at college.
Lewis wanted to work so he also spent time searching for engineering apprenticeship vacancies. He applied for several apprenticeships and eventually found a Medical Engineering apprenticeship with the NHS. They talked through the process of applying and he took time over completing the application - he was delighted when he was offered the job!
Lewis is now working for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, working in many different medical engineering disciplines across the sites and undertaking the work-based NVQ Level 3 in Medical Engineering Maintenance. He also goes to college one day a week to study BTEC Level 3 in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Lewis told us ‘I feel that getting advice from a professional Careers Adviser is extremely helpful. They help you set out and understand better what you want to do and what opportunities are available to you. I feel that in this day and age, apprenticeships are the way forwards. The fact that as a young person, you can earn money whilst you learn is not only helpful as a school leaver but also lets you set out the rest of your life.’
National Careers Service partner with Leeds Mind
The National Careers Service team in Leeds have established a successful partnership with Leeds Mind; an organisation that offers support services to individuals with mental health difficulties.
Running workshops on their premises in an environment that is familiar to participants, Stacy has been providing help and guidance to customers with a view to helping them to overcome their barriers to employment and training and to raise their aspirations. This partnership has already yielded positive results with a number of customers moving into work placements and appropriate training.
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