Raising aspirations while raising funds for local foodbank


School pupils studying on the Certificate of Work Readiness course at New College Lanarkshire have raised over £100 for charity after organising a sponsored walk.

The 12 pupils, who attend the Hamilton Campus from schools across South Lanarkshire, decided to raise money for Hamilton Foodbank as part of a class project – raising £112 to buy items outlined on the foodbank website.

The Certificate of Work Readiness course gives young people the chance to develop core skills and enhance their confidence to get them ready for the world of work.

As part of the course, students undertake a vocational project of their choice. They then identify their own personal strengths and limitations to set realistic targets for enhancing these during the project. Following completion of the project, they then review their contribution and identify areas where they could improve.

The group chose to do a sponsored walk on 3 February, walking over 5K around Strathclyde Country Park.

David Cameron, Lecturer in the Faculty of Supported Learning, said: “The class were delighted with the amount of money raised and the amount of items they were able to buy and donate.

“They feel as though they have made a valuable contribution to the local community and to those in need and are extremely proud of their efforts.”

New College Lanarkshire runs a number of supported learning programmes and applications are now open. For more information, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/supported-learning

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