Year 10 and Year 11 have a say how Spalding can be improved

Year 10 and Year 11 have a say how Spalding can be improved

This week, we welcomed Sue Armour and Louis Humphreys from the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership who spent time with Year 10 and Year 11 students to deliver workshops and an assembly. The event was organised by our careers team as part of our ‘myth-busting’ sessions to educate students about the great opportunities within the business.

A small group of students had the fantastic opportunity to participate in a ‘Chance for Change’ workshop based on the recently secured £20 million levelling up bid for the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding. Students discussed issues within our community and looked at possible solutions with ideas ranging from the improvements of roads, lack of entertainment for young people and safe spaces for teenagers.

The final six projects were an improved and safer skate park, a theme park, a college, a youth club with arcades for 11 to 17 year olds, a vastly upgraded Springfields with a cinema and youth centre offering swipe cards for safety with an app for parents/carers to know their child is safe and a community/youth centre with a fitness suite.

At the end of the workshop the groups had 30 seconds to feedback in the form of an elevator pitch to Louis. A secret vote saw a tie between Alexandru Simion and Arthur Crusmac’s theme park and ‘Eleven’, the youth club with arcades from Jazmin Ilett, Nikola Serafin-Alves, Kaitlyn Brand and Jasmin Deakin.

During a Year 10 assembly, Sue and Louis from South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership explained about the various job roles such as IT, Finance, Planning, Refuse & Recycling, Housing, Environmental Protection, Strategic Growth & Development and Community. They also told of their own education and career paths and showcased educational and personal development as two of the many benefits of working for the Council.

This was an engaging and beneficial event for our students to demonstrate they can voice ideas to change their community to have a say on the way it looks, plus discover the many career paths in our local area.

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