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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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⭐Don't forget to sign up to the Creating Careers: Social Care meets Primary Care webinar this Thursday! ⭐

Social care is a hugely varied career path, with many different options - you'll learn all about the different career paths available, and the routes in, as well as have the opportunity to speak to healthcare professionals.

🗓️ Thurs 25th November
🕟 4.30pm - 5.30pm

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Looking for a pick me up this Monday morning? Here it is. You've got this! 🙂

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What great end to the week🤩!

We’ve been at Lakes College all week delivering our ‘My Future Self’ sessions to a wide range of students – all of whom have been engaged, passionate and a joy to work with ⭐.

Today’s final session was with the Digital Transition to T Level students - our graduate intern, Tyler, got them to discuss their hobbies/skills, and think more in-depth about what their future aspirations are. Well done on all your hard work this week, Tyler!

Huge thanks to @lakescollege for having us, and we’re looking forward to returning to the college soon!

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👩‍⚕️What do you think of when you think about 'social care'?👨‍⚕️

Do you think about being a personal assistant or a social worker? How about a counsellor? Or an occupational therapist? How about a housing officer, or an art therapist, or being an advocacy worker?

Social care is a hugely varied career path, with many different options - join us on Thursday 25th November for the Social Care meets Primary Care webinar, hosted by Creating Careers where you’ll get to hear about all the different pathways within Social Care and have the opportunity to ask questions.

🗓️ Thurs 25th November
🕟 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Register here 👉:

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🎓⭐It's World Access to Higher Education Day!⭐🎓
WAHED aims to raise global awareness around inequalities in access and success in higher education. Join the conversation and find out more at:

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Happy Monday, everyone! We hope you have a positive and happy start to your week 😊⭐

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