Young People Boost Career Skills in HeppSY+ Summer Schools Challenge

Wednesday 1st August 2018

South Yorkshire school pupils and college students have been given a hands-on insight into a range of exciting careers as part of a regional higher education campaign.

Sixty young people from five secondary schools and six further education colleges in Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield took part in four summer schools covering art and design, the built environment, criminology, and languages and film.

The Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus (HeppSY+) funded the summer schools as well as sessions on student finance, employability skills and careers information.

Mike Garnock-Jones, Director, Higher Education Progression Partnership, said: “The HeppSY+ summer schools are a great opportunity for pupils and students from across South Yorkshire to gain a hands-on insight into exciting career opportunities and hear from industry experts. Young people also learn about the benefits of studying for a degree in terms of developing their self confidence, qualifications and skills, and boosting career prospects and potential future earning power.”

Young people attended subject specific lectures, as well as workshops and talks from industry experts. In the criminology summer school they learnt how to gather forensic evidence at a crime scene and take people’s fingerprints, and heard from top crime fighting experts.

In the languages and film summer school, they used their language skills in a fun, practical and creative way making their own three-minute short film. Supported by a team of linguists and film experts, pupils and students put their thinking, linguistic and newly acquired film making skills to the test by filming, producing and editing their films.

In the built environment summer school, activities included taking part in a model bridge building challenge. During the art summer school, young people explored the creative process and how to use a wide range of different materials with support from artists and interior designers. The summer schools programme also included visits to Sheffield’s Retail Quarter, the Millennium Gallery, the Hepworth Gallery and the Emergency Services Museum.

Student Rebecca Acton, aged 17, who is completing three A Levels in art, biology and geography at Barnsley Sixth Form College, attended the built environment summer school and is planning to go onto university to study a degree in architecture technology.

She said: “I definitely want to go on to university as I think it will be worth it for the career that I want to get into, which is architecture technology. I really enjoyed taking part in the summer school activities. They were a lot of fun. The HeppSY+ team also helped me to understand more about university life and the finance side of things.”

Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Huddersfield delivered the summer schools between June 19th and July 12th.