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Who are we?
We are the Cumbrian hub of the national Uni Connect Programme, funded by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator for higher education in England. Their aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We are a partnership of further and higher education providers and organisations invested in skills and career development across Cumbria.

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What do we do?
We work with year 9 -13 students, learners, teachers, advisors, parents and carers across Cumbria, to provide impartial information and activities to help them make key decisions, important to higher education and further training. Working out what to do next is an exciting time but can feel like a big task. We offer a range of free workshops and events to schools, colleges, and community organisations, exploring the different routes into higher education. We cover information on university and higher/degree apprenticeships to provide guidance throughout the process. We also explore the key skills and experience needed for these different routes. We work with young people from target areas across Cumbria, to ensure that everyone is able to make informed and inspired choices about their future.

Why get involved?
Our programme aims to support the government’s social mobility goals by rapidly increasing the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education. We are working to:

  • Reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups
  • Support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education.
  • Support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools, colleges, employers and other partners.
  • Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice in the sector.

Our programme has been designed to complement and add value to the work that higher education providers undertake through their access and participation plans across Cumbria. We are here to support you with free impartial information, support and guidance – all you have to do is come and Chat With Us!

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👇CV Tips👇

As part of our FE to HE Transitions project over the next few months, we will be posting a series of helpful tips and blogs about a range of skills and key information relating to FE to HE Transitions.

CVs are crucial documents when thinking about your next steps. They highlight your skills and experience and demonstrate your value to potential employers.

Check out our CV writing tips below, and watch this space for more useful tips in the coming months!

#FEtoHETransitions #strategicproject #highereducation #furthereducation #nextsteps #Cumbria #CV #skills

🤔 Want to know more about your options after school or college? Confused about what subjects to choose at GCSE, A Level and beyond? Don’t know whether you want to go to university or do an apprenticeship?

We can help!

Sign up for your free Hello Future account and get:

✔️Information about your chosen subject areas and what exciting future careers you could go into
✔️Access to our e-learning courses – such as how to identify your strengths, understanding your options, and how to prepare for life after school or college
✔️Invitations to events and opportunities
✔️Guides on applying to university or an apprenticeship, writing a CV or personal statement, and much more!

Sign up via our website today!

👉 click the 'Our Website' link in our bio!

📚 Are you interested in a career in education?

Are you about to graduate or have graduated within the last two years? 🎓

If so, we would like to hear from you! We're currently hiring for Graduate Interns to join our Outreach team, on a fixed-term contract, until July 2024. You can apply to work in either Carlisle, Furness or West Cumbria. As part of this paid position, you'll:

⭐Develop and deliver workshops to schools and colleges
⭐Support projects across the wider team
⭐Support the marketing team with social media content
⭐Develop lots of critical skills

For the full job description and to apply, visit the links in our bio 👆

📅 Closing date: Thursday, 15th June 2023, at 23:59.

#Cumbria #CumbriaJobs #UniConnect #highereducation #graduate #intern #jobs

📚Are you revising for exams or have a lot on? - remember, to take a break!

In the last of our take-a-break series this week, we suggest running 🏃‍♀️ and getting some fresh air 🌻to help relax and unwind. Fresh air and exercise are great ways to help improve both your physical and mental health.

🎵 Check out Ellie's running playlist ▶️ for some upbeat tracks to get your heart going ❤️ and feet moving 🏃‍♂️. Just click the link in our bio 👆

Some benefits of running include:
⭐Improved sleep quality
⭐Better heart and lung health
⭐Reduces stress

#takeabreak #destress #mentalhealth #well-being #running #physicalhealth #exams #cumbria

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