Fast Trackers awarded

Year 11 pupils who successfully completed the University of Liverpool ‘Fast Trackers’ project were presented with certificates at the 10th Annual ‘Liverpool Community Languages Project’ Awards evening earlier this month.

Councillors John Prince and Jane Corbett presented the awards at a ceremony held at the Devonshire Hotel, which was attended by more than 200 parents and supporters.

The 20 students, who are from a Yemeni and Somali background, successfully completed a mentoring project organised by the Educational Opportunities team.

Funded by the University of Liverpool and co-organised by the Liverpool Ethnic Minority Travellers Achievement Service (EMTAS), the programme offers young people the opportunity to increase their confidence and improve their GCSE grades, whilst gaining information about the options for their next steps in education.  Trained undergraduates worked with the students in confidence building workshops, fortnightly mentoring sessions, and one-on-one support.

Pete Doyle, Educational Opportunities Officer, said: “These young people should be commended for their achievements.   They showed great dedication and have worked extremely hard to achieve their ambitions.”

More than a third of the students have been offered places on the University of Liverpool  Scholars project, a Year 12/13 initiative, designed to give students who are thinking of applying to the University more information and skills, as well as offering a generous bursary and UCAS point reduction for all successful candidates.  Other students plan to continue their education elsewhere.

For more information about the programme, contact Pete Doyle in Educational Opportunities on 794 4418.


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