Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Careers Advice from TV's Mrs Moneypenny; Education & Training Sponsor's Message

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Careers Advice from TV's Mrs Moneypenny; Education & Training Sponsor's Message

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STUDENTS were given advice on the best ways to get on in life when television's Mrs Moneypenny paid them a visit at Redcar and Cleveland College. In her role as chairwoman of national charity Career Academies UK, the TV presenter and businesswomen, aka Heather McGregor, encouraged the students to be the best that they could be in order to get the jobs they most desired.

Heather visited the college along with Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, who is Shadow Minister for Competitiveness and Enterprise, and a number of Teesside employers.

They were celebrating the college's unique Expressway Route programme, which enables Year 10 school pupils in Redcar and Cleveland to spend a day a week at college studying a sector they are interested in.

The 14-year-olds can apply for a place on the Expressway Route programme in a variety of subjects, including engineering, health and creative technologies, and gain BTEC qualifications and work advice and experience before they have even left school. The programme is offered in conjunction with Career Academies UK, a business-led organisation that provides internships, mentoring, motivational lectures and workshops to young people to help them perform and compete in the workplace.

Students who have taken part in the Expressway Route programme during the past year were also invited to the college to meet Heather McGregor and Iain Wright. Heather said: "Redcar and Cleveland College is one of the pearls in our string of Career Academies across the UK. Gary and his team have invested in our programme and adapted it to meet the needs of local employers and eager pupils.

"The community is lucky to have such a forward-looking and innovative centre of education and students need to use what the college offers them to their best advantage. I always say there are three things in life that we all need to get the jobs that we want and those are skills, experience and contacts, and the Expressway Route programme offers exactly that and opens up endless possibilities to students."

Iain said: "I want to ensure that the people of the North-east have great, fulfilling careers. I believe it's about pupils getting enthused and having experience of work as early as possible to inspire them and help them find out what exciting opportunities are out there in the world of work. …

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