22 October 2019
Sponne School and the University of Buckingham have immediately expressed enthusiasm for Silverstone Park’s Inspiration for Innovation (I4I) career pathways programme after joining it for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The programme is one of several I4I schemes run across the UK by Gaia Innovation – Silverstone Park’s is exclusive to the East Midlands.
In Year 1 (2018-19) it shattered its initial target of 1,000 positive encounters between students at three partner schools in the area and business people who have volunteered their time to offer advice on career pathways.
Sponne School, Towcester will join Kingsthorpe College, Northampton and The Buckingham School as a partner school in 2019-20. The University of Buckingham has become a co-sponsor of the programme with Silverstone Park developer MEPC (see separate story).
Sponne Headteacher Iain Massey commented: “Inspiration for Innovation enables us to link with our local employers and raise the profile of jobs and careers available at Silverstone Park.
“Students can see the realities of work and make links for work experience, apprenticeships and future jobs etc. They will be able to see how curriculum subjects are used in the ‘real’ world and make links to their learning.
“We need to enable students to dream and to give them the tools to achieve their dreams. We live in an area of high-tech businesses and a wealth of opportunities; when students see this they can aspire to be the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists, technicians, engineers etc.
“By meeting real people doing these jobs they can find out more about the different routes into a variety of careers. We want our students to take the best career path for them and this project will help us to help them to see that there is more than one route into a career in the future.”
Professor Nigel Adams, Director of Buckingham Enterprise and Innovation Unit, added: “We are very excited to be working in partnership with Silverstone Park, MEPC and Gaia Innovation. We have similar interests in raising aspirations and putting a spotlight on real/achievable opportunities for any young people.
“We want to collaborate with as many organisations as possible who have an interest in working with young people to develop key skills in enterprise and leadership.
“Certainly we believe that enterprise and venture creation is one pathway that is all too often forgotten about, so want to encourage more schools to incorporate an enterprising mentality in their young people which helps them in all sorts of ways in their future careers and life.”
CLICK HERE for a gallery of images showing Sponne School students’ tour of Silverstone Park businesses in early October.