Date: 02/03/2011

Students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) have raised £124.00 for Cancer Research.

The youngsters on the RAFT course raised the money by hosting a cake sale and sweep stake whilst gaining evidence for their portfolio’s as part of the Enterprise unit for the BTEC Certificate in Workskills qualification.

Raising Aspirations for Tomorrow (RAFT) is a specially designed, very practical short course suitable for youngsters aged 16 to 18 who wish to gain the skills to help them make better career decisions.

During the twelve week course, students can gain qualifications covering areas such as; Employment and Interview Skills, Team Working,  Money Management, First Aid, Drug Awareness plus help and support with Maths and English with the possibility of completing other qualifications.

There’s also the chance to learn with a relevant vocational area of the college, attend a work placement or volunteer to gain experience.

Yvonne Murphy, DVC RAFT Tutors commented:

“The RAFT programme has been specifically designed for those youngsters who may have found learning difficult in the past or are not sure what to do next. The course can lead onto a range of vocational courses at all levels available at DVC or with other providers. Alternatively students can apply for an Apprenticeship or go into employment”.

There are no formal entry requirements but participants need bags of enthusiasm, a sense of humour and respect for themselves and others. Students need a willingness to have a go and join in with a desire to have a successful career and bright future.

Yvonne added:

“Making the correct choice of career is always a difficult decision, particularly if you lack the qualifications or confidence to help with that choice. The RAFT course is giving youngsters an opportunity to develop valuable life skills that should set them on the path to greater employment options”.

Entry onto the RAFT course is available by referral through Connexions or by contacting Yvonne Murphy at Dearne Valley College.

For further information call Yvonne Murphy, DVC RAFT Tutor on T: 01709 513333

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