FORMER Felpham students have been asked to lend a hand to pupils at their old school.
Felpham Community College is one of more than 500 schools and colleges across Britain which has registered with the national charity Future First to set up networks of former students or alumni.
Headteacher Mark Anstiss said: “We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway.
“A network of past students with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current students’ job horizons and equip them for the world of work.”
More than 50,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school and are inspiring young people as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fundraisers.
The charity’s managing director, Alex Shapland-Howes, said: “More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do.
“If they see that someone who went to the same school and grew up in the same community has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’s possible for them too.
“It’s really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing firsthand from people in interesting jobs can make a huge difference.”
If you are a former Felpham student and want to get involved, contact Gill Woodman, careers and vocational links co-ordinator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Former students can also sign up to the scheme at www.futurefirst.org.uk
Teachers interested in signing their school up to the scheme should also visit Future First’s website for more information.