Greater Brighton Metropolitan College have developed an enhanced HEIAG offer (Higher Education Information, Advice and Guidance) to support their learners in making informed decisions about the future. This suite of activities will include workshops, talks and sessions delivered across Northbrook and Brighton campuses in a progression programme over this academic year.
An ambassador scheme at GB Met Northbrook will help to provide subject taster in local schools and six forms to increase confidence and support progression generally to level 4, and in particular to the creative industries.
The programme will provide consistent and comprehensive HE IAG to learners and:
- Support attainment raising and skills development in young people to support and enable progression
- Build a sustained and progressive approach will successfully reach out to a more ‘harder to reach’ young people and support their journey through education
- Help to remove and tackle some of the barriers young people face in progressing onto higher level learning
This builds on the success of work that ran last Summer (2017), where some learners were still undecided about their futures. Through a series of interventions, learners accessed a range of support mechanisms including talks on student finance and bursaries, transition support and careers guidance which engaged 170 target learners.
Learner Spotlight #1:
Mitchell attended a 1:1 drop-in session as part of this project. He had applied to study the FdA Illustration course at Northbrook but had no accommodation. Following the session Mitchell was linked in with the Accommodation Office and given a tour of a shared house that he subsequently rented out. He also had support accessing Student Finance and found out about Bursaries that he was eligible for. Mitchell had no parental support and he told us he was grateful for the advice and without it he didn’t think he would have enrolled on the course.
GB Met have provided HEIAG advice and support to over 400 of their learners and are busy this term supporting and following-up with learners who have no current destination.
For further information please email our Post 16 Liaison Manager, Lucy Jenks