Education Business Partnership recently celebrated a decade of Take a Chance with its nine participating West Berkshire secondary schools. The success of this dynamic programme has been enabled by ongoing funding from the Vodafone Foundation, the enthusiasm of Vodafone employees to give something back to the local community and the eagerness of the schools to be involved.
Vodafone HQ in Newbury once again opened its doors to Take a Chance students throughout this academic year to provide a motivational setting and a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of a global business.
The programme aims to build students’ confidence and increase their motivation, as well as raising their aspirations and awareness of future career possibilities. Throughout a series of mentoring sessions and workshops the business volunteers inspire students to take on challenges, to believe in themselves and achieve more.
As the tenth cohort of 50 students graduated from the programme it was clear that they had valued their experience with one student describing Take a Chance as a “Once in a lifetime opportunity, a fun way of learning life skills.” The positive nature of the Vodafone Business Buddies as influential role models was summed up by another student who said, “They have inspired me to chase my dreams and be confident about them. They have been very supportive when I thought I couldn’t do something. They have taught me to see different perspectives and that it’s ok to make mistakes and learn from them.”
The Take a Chance team is now looking forward to the upcoming annual Skills Day on 4 July when a new group of students will be invited to a fun and challenging selection event at Newbury Racecourse.