Since 2016/17 we have been one of the key partners* in the Uni Connect Programme funded by the Office for Students, which aims to increase the number of young people from target wards going to university.
*Along with the University of the West of England, University of Bristol, City of Bristol College and SGS College.
Future Quest has made me convinced I want to go to uni. I’ve developed more confidence and I have learned about my future.
A key part of Future Quest is our cohort programme which replaced the smaller, highly successful programmes – Ambitions and Marvellous Me.
Being able to grow this work from six to 27 schools, and to offer it across the city now, is a major development for young people and for Bristol.
My son has really enjoyed the programme. It has improved his confidence so much and has really got him thinking about all the possibilities his future holds.
Students were able to discuss their future plans and discover ways to find out how to get there. I have found the students have a clearer idea on what they are going to do after they finish their GCSEs and feel more confident to talk about it with their peers and teachers.
WHAT HAS THE FUTURE QUEST PROGRAMME GIVEN YOU…
“…confidence to talk to people” “…opportunities in theatre, (jobs)” “…to be interacting and interesting with others” “…time to be me and know that that’s ok”
WHAT DID YOU GAIN FROM THE BRISTOL OLD VIC WORKSHOPS?
“Today has helped build my confidence” “…opportunities in theatre, (jobs)” “I never knew Bristol Old Vic did work experience!” “Today I learnt about all the different jobs in the theatre” “There are more jobs in the theatre than I thought” “I enjoyed the games and the acting scenes at the end. I want to look more into theatre roles and getting involved”
It was a fun experience and I feel like I can give a speech to an audience without being too nervous or not being able to do so.
PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES HAVE INCLUDED
Aerospace Bristol visit
Skills, preferences and personality profiling day
Bristol Old Vic winter show
Bristol Old Vic workshop
Future Skills day
Speakers Trust public speaking workshop
University of the West of England and University of Bristol campus visits
London visit to the Houses of Parliament, HMS Belfast and a river cruise