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Graduates awarded at Focus Five Celebration Event

22nd May 2015

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On Wednesday 6 May, the Focus Five Celebration Event, presented by TDA, awarded 84 students at an inspiring graduation ceremony.

In partnership with tSpace and the T4T (Together for Torbay) campaign, the event recognised young people for planning, evidencing and demonstrating core employment skills throughout the Focus Five Award programme.

Debbie Passmore, Partnership Executive at the TDA said: “Focus Five rewards achievement for participants around the five key skills of communication, team working, problem solving, organisation and customer service, all of which are incredibly valuable to many companies.

“The programme enhanced the skills of these young people and will most definitely support them when considering their career choices for the future. TDA would like to thank the schools, employers and Education Business Partnership South West, who dedicated their time to making the programme such a success.”

More than 200 people attended the ceremony to share the experiences of the graduates, mentors and assessors of the programme.

Alex Ledbrooke, Partnership Manager of Education Business Partnership South West, part of the CSW group, said: “Designed and delivered by businesses, the programme gives the students the opportunity to discover more about what employers want in the world of work, enabling them to be excellent employees of the future.”

The Focus Five programme was delivered to a cohort of 100 year 10 students from Torbay Schools. These students, who are facing personal and academic challenges, benefit from the personalised 1-2-1 support that the programme offers.

From the 84 graduates, 31 achieved the gold award, 24 silver and 16 bronze. Due to the success of this year’s programme, the TDA are making progress to develop it further for the 2016 academic year.

To provide the students with an opportunity to explore potential career options, including up to date apprenticeship vacancies, the TDA has developed the tSpace web platform www.torbayspace.co.uk.

To accompany the website a tSpace App, designed using feedback from students at local secondary schools, has been created to encourage 14-18 year olds to engage with tSpace. The App is now live and can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices.

The TDA is looking to recruit a group of student volunteers to become members of Team tSpace and further develop tSpace to better suit the needs of a young audience.

Team tSpace volunteers will assist the TDA in developing future web and App content, through blogging about their experiences and helping decide how to market the resources better to their peers. To volunteer to become a Team tSpace member, email Debbie Passmore on Deborah.passmore@tedcltd.com or call 01803 208378

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