As part of the Future Quest mentoring scheme, Bristol WORKS is collaborating with teachers at City Academy to provide professional group mentoring opportunities for students.

Yasmin Curtis and Kerry Boucher, both recent graduates currently working as Paediatric Nurses at Bristol Children’s Hospital, visited the school yesterday to discuss their pathways into nursing and the challenges they overcame along the way.

Having both gained places on Filton College’s access course, before embarking on their three year degree in Children’s Nursing at UWE, Yasmin and Kerry were able to offer insight into the challenges and successes of their time in Further and Higher Education. Listening attentively, the students asked questions and sought advice about how to make positive choices and where to get support.

Future Quest, led by UWE Bristol and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is all about encouraging young people to get into Higher Education, where participation is lower than expected. By working collaboratively with HE providers, schools, colleges, employers and partners, Future Quest aims to offer students opportunities to learn about educational pathways, university and the development of skills to make successful choices and progression.

With regular mentoring sessions scheduled until March, the students at City Academy will have the opportunity to listen to the stories of professionals from a cross section of industry. That’s where Bristol WORKS comes in. Collaborating with staff at the school, WORKS is now providing access to professionals from the creative and digital sector, retail and optometry. The broader their experiences, the more informed they will be.