Over 300 Year 10 students from Dorothy Stringer School have been encouraged to raise their aspirations and aim higher through taking part in the ‘Dare to Dream’ programme created by The Love Local Jobs Foundation in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council.
EDF have supported the programme with several of its employees working with the students from Dorothy Stringer School on four different sessions each focusing on a variety of different core themes.
Delivered via a number of engaging presentations from the Foundation’s Head of Programme Delivery, Jack Hayes, the programme focuses on self-awareness, mindset, gratitude, resilience, teamwork and employability and is aimed boosting the confidence and wellbeing of the students.
Alongside Jack’s deliveries, 15 students have benefitted from one-to-one sessions and interactive workshops with five fantastic volunteer mentors from EDF.
Through sharing their own stories and offering advice and guidance, each of these mentor sessions is designed to give the students the knowledge, tools and confidence they need create a brilliant future for themselves.
Dorothy Stringer School said “The programme was great for our students, particularly for the 15 students who worked with the volunteers from EDF. They really benefitted from the opportunity to learn about the world of work. The kind, nurturing and challenging support the EDF mentors gave them was deeply appreciated by the students and it has really helped improve their attitude to school and boost their determination to succeed.”
The students also had the opportunity to head to EDF’s office in Hove for the day and experience what a typical day and career at EDF looks like. These workplace visits play an important role in the programme and give the students real insight into the working world and the opportunities that await them once they leave education.
Commenting on EDF’s involvement in this year’s Dare to Dream programme, People Director Dawn Fortune said, “We want to play our part in inspiring future generations that might one day look to join us in helping Britain achieve Net Zero. That’s why we were delighted to welcome students from Dorothy Stringer School to our office in Hove this week as part of the Dare to Dream programme.
“It's so important to give young people opportunities to explore different career paths, and we hope they enjoyed learning more about what we do and hopefully we’ll see some of those students achieve success with EDF in the future.”