Hello Future, is a partnership of universities, colleges and employers working together with the aim of increasing the number of young people in Cumbria going into higher education.
We are a government funded project working specifically to support the Government’s goals to:
- Double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020
- Increase by 20% the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups
- Address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE
The Hello Future programme will initially run until December 2018 – delivering a sustained and intensive programme of activities designed to provide support for young people and encourage progression into higher education.
Our workshops, activities and events have been built upon feedback from young people, local teachers and advisors in Cumbria as well as our range of partners. This feedback highlighted the importance of developing confidence, self-esteem, resilience, determination and independence in young people. Other themes included practical skill development and developing a ‘growth mindset’.
The programme has three main strands focusing on supporting:
- Young people
- Parents and carers
- Teachers and advisors
The programme is delivered to year 9-13 pupils, with activities carried out within school/college settings as well as within the community. This is to ensure we engage with young people and their parents, guardians or carers in different environments. We also support teacher and advisor CPD to upskill and provide support with CEIAG.
The Hello Future programme is underpinned by our Evaluation Framework as well as the Cumbria LEP skills plan, OFSTED and CEIAG guidance, all of which we aim to support throughout the delivery of activities.
As a government funded project, some of our work must focus on certain areas within Cumbria. These are areas where young people have been less likely to go into higher education. As a local organisation, we recognise the huge potential in Cumbrian young people and our work focuses on ensuring this potential is achieved.