Future Finders Blog!
Firstly, to wish you all a belated Happy New Year. We are in our second week of the new 2022 term and lots of learning, enrichment, work placements and projects are well underway. What a start to the year it has been. Future Finders never sit still for long – a few of us have started new placements, which we will update you all on next week. But this week, I thought I would give you a quick update on those of our students that secured paid work before the Christmas break. Some have had their start dates and have been settling in over the last week to their new roles. You may remember Alan secured a job with the local council as a street cleaner – He called in to college last week and dropped us off some flowers, cake and a card with a note to say thank you to everyone at New Bridge for all the support we have given him over the years.
Jordan has been working on placement at Northern Roots and has secured paid work on the Kick Start Scheme working with them full time. Before Jordan left, he gave a speech on his time at New Bridge and again thanking everyone for their support.
To finish with Jordan’s speech (get the tissues ready):
“To Future Finders and all staff at New Bridge College, today is my last day as my potential start date looms. So, with this in mind I want to simply say ‘Thank You’. Thank You for everything you have done for me. When I first started in New Bridge College (was MEDTIA at the time) I was shy and incredibly quiet… oh how times have changed. I started off as someone with no confidence to walking out of this college with a job secured. If someone said Jordan, you will be employed when you leave here…” I would have laughed. Now that is true, and it’s thanks to the fantastic staff at this amazing college. I know at times I have been difficult to work with, and I am sorry. With your guidance I have managed to grow up a little bit, and hopefully mature into a young adult. There have been times where I have likened this College to a prison, obviously that’s not true. In reality this college has been like a second home with caring staff. I promise to stay in touch and will visit as often as I can. I will definitely be coming in on the last day if I am allowed. College has quite literally changed me for the better and improved my life. From Digit4ll to Future Finders, its been a long journey. In lessons, with the amazing Job Coaches Anne-Marie, Maria and Mike, the fantastic Maths teacher Mr Holland, and our various English teachers, Miss Hartley, Miss Asbury and Mrs Farrell, without you I wouldn’t be where I am today. To the students of Future Finders, I wish you all good luck! Never stop chasing your dreams and don’t let anyone get in your way of achieving what you want to achieve. Never turn down an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s your life, live it how you want to live it. The world is your oyster. One of my favourite sayings is ‘Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain’. Times will be hard but you will all get through it and come out stronger. I will miss you all dearly and miss all the great times we had together, they will stay with me forever. Thank you all so much, Jordan.”
After an active and productive week it is now the weekend, please do enjoy whatever you have got planned.