The first ever Bridge Academy Graduation took place on Friday 21st July in the Devonport Guildhall.  Camron Smith, Liam Heard, Josh Ryan and Jake Reeve were presented with their graduation certificates and folders commemorating their year by Lindsey Hall, Director of the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO).

The group are the first graduates of a pioneering new course run by RIO in conjunction with Liskeard School and Community College.  The course takes sixteen-year olds who are not sure of their next steps and direction after finishing school at sixteen and sets them up with a range of opportunities to network with businesses and social enterprizes in Devon and Cornwall, running events, creating products and ultimately setting up their own small social enterprize initiatives.  The year has seen the young men achieve great things: communicating and public speaking, budgeting and controlling finances, using their imagination and creating new products, and engaging with a whole host of different people and employment areas.  They have all grown as individuals in a variety of ways, crossing new boundaries and making significant personal growth as individuals.

Jake said, “The course has enabled me to do things I never thought I could do. I’ve loved this year and I wish I could do it again.”

The young men have achieved level 2 (GCSE equivalent) qualifications in the Arts Award and a Social Enterprize Qualification (SEQ) as well as taken their Maths and English GCSEs.  They are all progressing on to further education courses or apprenticeships in Devon and Cornwall, although they will maintain their links with RIO as they move on to new challenges and opportunities. 

James O’Connell, (Deputy Head at Liskeard School) said, “I have been so impressed by these students and how they have developed and taken on new challenges this year.  They were brave to embark on a totally new sort of course but they have been wonderfully fostered by the RIO family and this year has bridged the gap between school and the real world, just as we planned.  I think and hope that this course will grow and serve many more of our students and other students from our new network of schools in the South East Cornwall Multi Academy Trust (SMART).”

Jamie Gamble, Junior Consultant at RIO added "4 inquisitive young people embarked on a journey to create potential bigger than they had ever dreamed of. Through a year of hard work; interesting business visits and engagements; and the creation of their own social enterprises, they completed and surpassed any and all expectations. Although they have completed the Bridge Academy programme, they are only just beginning their young professional careers, and we wish them the best of luck."

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