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8
Mar
2017
Funding success allows DE to fly!
Destination Education has seen 2017 get off to a flying start, thanks to some generous grants from The Big Lottery Fund, The Valentine Trust, The London Community Foundation and the Santander Foundation.
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Impressed by our ambitious goals to reach young people across the local area and beyond, each of these organisations donated a substantial sum to allow us to expand our current programmes and launch new ones.

The Big Lottery-funded ‘My’ Teen programme is an exciting new initiative running at Harewood College and Lytchett Minster School over the next ten months.

“Following on from successful parenting programmes we’d run in the past, parents told us they wanted a longer-term programme to help them better understand and communicate with their teenagers as they faced new challenges,” explains Julie Holden, Managing Director. “In addition to the educating element, we’ve found that providing a forum for people to discuss their issues with other parents experiencing similar challenges is invaluable to them.”

The Valentine Trust’s grant will allow over 200 young people to attend our ‘My’ Learning and ‘My’ Career programmes. These programmes provide students with the tools to start creating a realistic career plan by helping them identify their skills, motivations and inspirations, as well as inspiring confidence and encouraging learning independence.

And that’s not all! The London Community Foundation and Santander Foundation enabled a group of over 70 girls from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College to attend ‘My’ Life at their Croydon-based college in February. We had some fantastic feedback - “I learnt that it doesn’t matter where you start, you can achieve anything,” said one girl. “It has helped me to push harder and work towards what I’m going to achieve,” commented another.

The day was rounded off with a thrilling Wipeout Challenge, which the girls enjoyed almost as much as DE staff!

Our thanks goes to all those who have funded us so we can continue our important work in enabling and inspiring young people.

To find out more about the exciting opportunities Destination Education can offer your organisation or school, please contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, at lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk or call 01202 874307.

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24
Nov
2016
Teachers sign up for more!
Having helped hundreds of local young people over the past two years, the amazing management team at Teachers Building Society has agreed to do it again!
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Their continued sponsorship means we can run 14 further ‘My’ Programmes for schools in our area, helping more students gain a clearer vision of their future and increase their employability.

Jo McLean, HR Manager at TBS, said, “The ‘My’ Life programme is really important in helping young people make important decisions about their future and to think about the world of work.”

And Julie Holden, DE’s Managing Director, commented, “We are thrilled that Teachers have really seen the benefits of working with us over the last year and want to continue. Their sponsorship is crucial to us and will ensure that together, we can give more young people a better chance of success.

“Not only do the students benefit from our programmes but Teachers employees have developed new skills and the company’s profile has been broadened.”

One such employee, Michele Alcock, said of the day she volunteered, “A really great opportunity to do something different and challenging which was way outside my normal comfort zone – an experience that will stay with me for a long time for all the right reasons… these amazing kids and teachers really made me think about my own values and what is important… a real lesson in life!”

It’s a winning combination! Long may it continue…

Contact Lucy Wood, DE’s Schools Director, at lwood@destinationeducation.org or call her on 01202 874307 to discuss the benefits of your business getting involved.

For more information on Teachers Building Society click here www.teachersbs.co.uk

17
Aug
2016
Two’s company, three’s a crowd?
Not when it comes to Crowdfunding…then it’s the more the merrier!
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Destination Education Group delivers a variety of workshops to 13-24 year olds focused around employability skills, run by trained professionals but on a level with the kids of today. We bring together local businesses, organisations and schools in a partnership aimed at getting young people to access meaningful employment, regardless of background.

So why have we set up a Crowdfunder project? Well, in order for us to provide subsidised employability skills workshops to schools in rural Dorset, where business funding is limited, we need extra financial income because the young people still need the support.

Our programmes are fresh, funky and fun! Some students recently said of a 'My' Life workshop, "It helped me to know how to motivate myself and be the best - it was great!", "I loved today and it has really helped me think about my future. Thanks Destination Education!" and "I would love for other kids to have the same opportunity".

We need to raise additional funding to satisfy the demand our rural schools have shown us exists. We are able to find business sponsorship in urban areas but rural communities are harder to fund due to the lack of businesses near them.

During the last academic year we sent out 'Expression of Interest' forms to all schools in Dorset and 2 of our rural schools would like us to run programmes for them this autumn.

So, with your help, we can make that happen!

Please help… If you are able, we would love you to donate. We want to help young people in rural locations as much as in urban areas.

Your donations will enable us to support the most in need to explore their potential and become more confident in achieving their dreams goals and dreams for the future, giving them the confidence to take greater control of their lives.

Pledging just £36 would enable one student to experience an inspirational day on a ‘My’ Life programme or £54 for a 1½ day 'My' Interview programme to help get them ready for the world of work.

Click here to pledge your pennies! Please pledge any amount, large or small, as it all helps. In return, we promise to ensure our workshops benefit more and more young people and that our rural students feel valued, nurtured and inspired by our programmes. We will provide a report after the workshops to let you know how they went and what our developments are for the future.

More information about the programmes and our organisation can be found here: or contact us a info@destinationeducation.org.uk We thank you kindly for all your support!

17
Aug
2016
Birthday celebrations in full swing!
Here at Destination Education we’re raising a toast to an incredible first academic year. We have a great deal to celebrate…
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We're letting our hair down here at DE and looking forward to our first birthday party. It’s been a rewarding year but not even we anticipated how busy it would be and what an impact we would have.

We've seen nearly 500 young people pass through our programmes and have had some incredible feedback, not only from the students – “I have learnt that it is okay to make mistakes and to never give up on my dreams” – but also from their teachers, "Superb day all round! We were so impressed to see the engagement of all the students, especially the quiet students/those who find school a challenge."

We’ve climbed at the Project Climbing Centre, faced the leap of faith at RockReef, we’ve tackled the pros at Bournemouth Rugby Club, interviewed famous referees at AFC Bournemouth, moved offices, forged new business alliances (including RockReef, Bournemouth Rugby Club and Excelsior Coaches) and eaten lots of cake!

Our sponsors, Teachers Building Society, Dolphin Shopping Centre and Intergage Digital Marketing, have not only benefited from increased presence in the area and among the young people who are likely to be their staff of the future but also in terms of their own employee development. The positive feedback from their volunteers is overwhelming. One said: “A day spent with these amazing kids and teachers has really made me think about my own values and what is really important in life.”

Lucy Wood, Schools Director, recalls her highlights of the last year: “I loved going to revisit students for a ‘cake and catch-up’ session where we can really measure the impact we’ve had much further down the line. But the highlight was an email from Nigel Harris, Head Teacher at Ferndown Upper School, who wanted to tell me about the progress of one of the students we met. It read: ‘The success she had on the course last year was a huge step forward for her in growing as a person and was very much a springboard that we have built on… the day was life-changing, without doubt it was one of the most positive experiences in her life.’

We can’t wait to see what the next year brings...

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

4
May
2016
DE leads the way at Going for Growth business forum
Businesses are realising the importance of strengthening links with young people following a local ‘Going for Growth’ event, run by Christchurch and East Dorset councils.
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The forum focused on ways local businesses and schools could work better together to target the skills and workforce of the future.

Harry Turner, Head of Governors at QE School, said: “It is clear that for the future of our young people, our society and our economy, we do need to get closer together… there is a link between a student seeing something that inspires them, that gives them ambition for the future, and their performance in school.”

Having sponsored over 500 disadvantaged students on Destination Education’s ‘My’ Life programme over the last year, James Bawa, Chief Executive at Teacher’s Building Society, has seen the benefits of such programmes, not only for students but also for his company: “As a business, we didn’t want to just write a cheque. We wanted to integrate ourselves in the local schools and to actually touch people’s lives for the better. By working with Destination Education we had a formal programme, but also, more importantly, we put our own staff into helping facilitate; our staff got as much out of it as the pupils themselves.”

What became clear at the event is that many Dorset businesses want to reach out to local schools but are unsure how to go about this – Destination Education’s targeted programmes lead the way. Colin Thornton, Group Design and Engineering Director at AIM Altitude, said: “I think the schools and businesses both have similar challenges; we all want the same thing, which is to see our younger members of society being successful in their careers, but we’re not sure how to bridge the gap. The big challenge here is trying to find ways to communicate better with schools and find ways to engage industry.”

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

Click HERE to view a YOUTUBE video from the event.

18
Mar
2016
Students get Premier League input
Working as a team is key...
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Was the strong message that students from Poole High School heard as they were treated to a visit from AFC Bournemouth midfielder, Andrew Surman, as part of their development day away from the school.

Destination Education’s ‘My’ Team programme, sponsored by Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre, saw Year 10 BTEC sports students visit AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium and undertake a series of confidence-inspiring team building exercises.

Led by Destination Education, with support from AFC Bournemouth’s Community Trust team and the management team from the Dolphin Shopping Centre, students learned about communication barriers, negotiation and teamwork.

The day also included a surprise visit from Surman who took part in a question and answer session with the pupils and explained the importance of being part of a team. Students also took away signed memorabilia from the premier league football club.

Dolphin Shopping Centre manager John Grinnell, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Destination Education and AFC Bournemouth to provide this engaging, thought-provoking workshop for students from Poole High School.

“Andrew Surman’s input was inspiring and really caught the attention of the students, who of course look up to role models and people in a recognisable position to comment on the complexities and effectiveness of teamwork.”

Commenting on the scheme, AFC Bournemouth midfielder, Andrew Surman, added: “What’s brilliant about Destination Education is to see young people actively wanting to participate in team working activities. Being a capable and effective team-player is crucial to success. Whether it is winning a football game, league, or cup, or being able to take on challenges that occur across life, including business situations and the workplace, teamwork is key.”

With sponsorship from Dolphin Shopping Centre it has been possible to offer the programme to six schools near Poole, providing students with the tools and techniques to develop the skills that will help them to be an effective team member.

Julie Holden, Destination Education MD said “In most cases, these programmes are only possible with the fantastic support from our business sponsors and supporters.  However, with an overwhelming response from schools, we have a number of programmes that still need supporting and therefore there’s a great opportunity for your business to get involved.”

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

3
Mar
2016
What a difference a day makes!
Destinations further afield …
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Whilst most of Destination Education’s work is currently with secondary schools in Dorset, sometimes they have the pleasure to travel back to work with schools that they have supported over a number of years.

Recently, their journey took them back to Norbury Manor, Business and Enterprise College near Croydon, and the chance to work with 30 lovely young ladies.

Here's what the school had to say about the impact their 'My' Life programme has made for them:

“Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College is an all-girls secondary school for 11-18 year olds with 1200 students on site. In the Borough of Croydon, Norbury borders Lambeth and is in one of the areas which are considered a socio-economically deprived area with high unemployment. The intake of students on entering the school, have lower than average national levels of literacy and numeracy scores, and this is possibly because the students have either not lived in the country long or have a background where English is not their first language.

Based on the school intake, we were placed 11 out of 23 in the London Challenge Families of Schools in the last few years with a significant proportion of our intake, suffer deprivation in some form and with 15.2% eligible for Free School Meals. With over forty different languages spoken in the school, students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds (81% from minority ethnic backgrounds of which, 31% are Black African or Caribbean and 32% are Asian) with white British probably the smallest ethnic group at the present time. However, Norbury Manor always features near the top of the League Table in our borough for highest GCSE results in comparison to similar schools.

To help with raising achievement we use many types of intervention for specific groups of students.  One of our interventions over the past few years is providing a ‘My’ Life workshop for 40 Year 9 students. The students are identified by certain criteria such as: underachievement, unsure of future career plans, receiving Free School Meals or Looked After.

The students are considered to be capable of achieving 5 A-C’s at GCSE but at risk of underachieving.  This workshop is delivered by Destination Education and focuses on personal strengths, weaknesses, skills and career aspirations. The workshop is delivered a few weeks before the whole of Year 9 complete their GCSE Option Choice Form. The workshop has helped students to make more informed decisions about where their strengths lie and courses that might be suitable.

The workshop has always provided us with positive feedback from the students and staff and we have had far fewer students changing courses at the start of Year 10. Students often talk about the positive impact of the day and being able to express their thoughts and feelings in a structured focused activity driven day.”

In most cases, these workshops are only possible with the support from business sponsors. To find out more about how your business can be involved and join the list of sponsors and partners who are helping by #doingthingsdifferently.

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

23
Feb
2016
A new home for Destination Education
Bigger offices for a bigger business…
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It’s hard to believe that only the second month into 2016 and Destination Education needs more space!

Peartree Business Centre, Ferndown is now home to the ever expanding business.

With workshops in the next few weeks with Lytchett Minster School, Queen Elizabeth’s School Wimborne and Poole High School, more and more students are benefitting from the team’s drive to support disadvantaged young people across Dorset.  

The suite of ‘My’ Programmes, bespoke workshops and qualifications support students to develop their employability skills, helping to bridge the gap between school and the world of work.  

Managing Director, Julie Holden said: “these are exciting times for Destination Education.  Every week we are impacting the lives of more and more students, helping to develop the local industry’s work force of tomorrow.

These new offices not only give us room to expand, but also provide a professional environment where workshops can be hosted off-site from school.”

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

11
Feb
2016
New support for schools springs Destination Education forward!
Five new partnerships so far in 2016…
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The New Year started with a giant leap forward for Destination Education Group, as five more Dorset based businesses took up the challenge to join forces in the drive to make a real difference for local secondary school students.

Since the beginning of January, the social enterprise has added Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, Excelsior Coaches, The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, Bournemouth Rugby Club and most recently RockReef to their list of supporters.

Focusing on providing a range of employability skills programmes for Dorset’s disadvantaged young people, Destination Education aims to help bridge the gap between local schools and industry on their doorstep.  

This support has never been needed more. Since March 2015, their work with schools has risen dramatically with successful working relationships now established with 14 secondary schools across Dorset, with more coming on board every month.   

Schools Director, Lucy Wood, says “having funded 33% of our programmes so far this academic year, requests from schools mean that we now have an urgent requirement for more business sponsorship, business volunteers and offers from businesses to use their venues to host our programmes. With this extra support, nearly 700 more young students will benefit.”

Why is this important? A recent news release from the British Chamber of Commerce said “With youth unemployment rates still stubbornly three times the overall unemployment rate, the BCC is calling for action not just from ministers and schools – but also from businesses, more of whom need to work with local schools to plug skills gaps and help young people make a successful transition from education to work.”

More and more companies are taking the opportunity to find out more about how their business can be involved and join the list of sponsors and partners who are helping by #doingthingsdifferently.

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

28
Jan
2016
Just the ticket!
Award winning, Dorset based coach company becomes the next new partner to join Destination Education
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With over 90 years’ experience in the transport and travel industry, Excelsior Coaches is the largest coach operator in Dorset. With a number of awards to its name, the company has decided to show its support for local social enterprise Destination Education by doing what it does best, get people from A to B!

With lots of schools struggling to afford the costs associated with transportation, this is becoming an ongoing problem for Destination Education.

Schools Director Lucy Wood said:  “Wherever possible, we look to deliver our programmes off-site in an aspirational environment that will offer the young students a unique experience. However, the increased costs for schools mean that even when we can offer them a funded programme, the transportation can still be a stumbling block.”

When Excelsior heard of this, they put the wheels in motion offering a partnership deal that will support this cost challenge. Customer Service Manager, Paul Stalker, said “Excelsior is a long established business, and we are proud to be associated with a worthwhile project like, Destination Education. We have served the community for over 90 years, and it is an honour that we can help, especially with something as important as the education of children.”

Focusing on providing a range of employability skills programmes for Dorset’s disadvantaged young people; Destination Education aims to help bridge the gap between local schools and industry on their doorstep. More and more companies are taking the opportunity to find out more about how their business can be involved and join the list of partners who are helping by #doingthingsdifferently.

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

18
Jan
2016
New Year, new partnerships for Destination Education!
Schools and industry will benefit greatly from these new relationships…
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The New Year is definitely in full swing for Destination Education Group, as they welcome the first new partnership of 2016 in the shape of Dorset Fire and Rescue Services.

Delighted to have reached an agreement, Managing Director, Julie Holden said:

“We are very proud to be working with Dorset Fire and Rescue Services. Their community facilities are excellent and will enable us to deliver our programmes off-site in an aspirational environment that will offer the young students a unique experience.”

The first to benefit is Corfe Hills School, who will be welcomed into Hamworthy Fire Station to take part in their ‘My’ Life programme, sponsored by Teachers Building Society.

Focusing on providing a range of employability skills programmes for Dorset’s disadvantaged young people; Destination Education aims to help bridge the gap between local schools and industry on their doorstep. With more companies currently discussing their involvement, 2016 will be a year of announcing new partnerships with other inspiring organisations keen on #doingthingsdifferently.

To find out more about the benefits of your business or school getting involved, contact Lucy Wood, Schools Director, on lwood@destinationeducation.org.uk

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