Raising Aspirations programme shortlisted for inaugural award

Burnley-based Positive Footprints has been named as one of the three finalists for the very first ‘Careers Programme in a Primary School’ at the National Career Development Institute (CDI) awards.

As part of The Job Junction programme, Positive Footprints gets pupils to discover their personal skills/qualities/passions, think about their futures and develop key skills associated with the world of work in a fun and engaging way. The programme is an out of box solution for schools, with all the necessary materials provided for teachers to deliver the programme in the classroom.

The CDI judges are looking for innovative programmes that are a model of best practice, contribute to the development of career development and have a strong impact on young people.

This is the first year that the CDI has awarded programmes that target primary schools.

Lesley Burrows, Managing Director of Positive Footprints, said: “We are really excited to be shortlisted for this award.

“Children as young as seven rule out certain careers based on people they know. The Job Junction programme opens up the world of work so children and young people know what careers are out there. It helps them develop the skills, qualities and character they’ll need to lead positive lives.

“By targeting children at primary school level, our impact is more sustainable. We believe that where you start off in life should not determine where you end up and our programmes have a greater chance of improving social mobility.”

Positive Footprints will compete against Adviza and NHS Health Education England for the award, which will be announced on Wednesday 6 March at a ceremony in The Queens Hotel, Leeds.

For more information on Positive Footprints, visit positivefootprints.co.uk

About Positive Footprints

· Positive Footprints is an innovative company which develops original ‘Out of the Box’ career based solutions, provided for and delivered by the education and third sectors

· Based in Burnley, Positive Footprints aims to help young people by giving them a strong sense of purpose and a better understanding of career options, further education and training

· Positive Footprints has worked with a range of partners, including housing associations, schools, colleges and local Councils

· Established in 2012, Positive Footprints employs XX and has a turnover of £166k

· For more information please visit the Positive Footprints website: positivefootprints.co.uk, like on Facebook facebook.com/PositiveFootprints or follow on Twitter @positive_fpn

· Positive Footprints is part of The Regenda Group

· The Regenda Group is a great quality, forward thinking business, regenerating places to create opportunities for people.

· Based in the North West, we manage more than 14,000 properties in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire

· We have built around 400 properties over the last three years as part of our commitment to building, managing and maintaining the homes people need

· As an organisation we strive to improve the lives of our residents and have supported 140 people back into employment or training

· The Group has assets of more than £511m, a turnover of £65m and employs more than 700 people

· Our portfolio includes: Regenda Homes, Redwing Living, M&Y Maintenance and Construction, McDonald Property Rentals, Alder Training, Positive Footprints, Centre 56 and Petrus

· We have an award-winning reputation and recently placed 7th in The Sunday Times Top 100 Not for Profit Companies to work for

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