On Monday 24 September, PIE ran a session at Chorlton High School to get young people future ready.
Established with the aim of improving the life chances of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, PIE (Pursuing Individual Excellence) is an educational social enterprise created in 2017 and is operating in several schools across Greater Manchester. As a teacher herself, Beth had witnessed the obstacles some young people faced due to lack of communications skills and contacts in the outside world and felt there needed to be a link between formal education and attaining successful employment and workplace opportunities. PIE strives to bridge the gap for students to be able to match their full potential – whatever that potential may be.
Beth Nunn, the founder, explained “I hope to give them the ‘slice’ young people are missing. The programme will offer different services or opportunities to young people, including communication workshops, motivational talks, career events, mentoring and monitoring.
There will also be volunteering opportunities and support in finding and completing relevant and meaningful work experience placements.
Students at Chorlton High have joined the programme recently and are feeling positive. Femi, a student at the session, said “There’s stuff for me to try out here that isn’t covered in the subjects I am doing and it sounds helpful. I hope it will increase my confidence.” Andrea said “I want to know more about businesses and what apprenticeships are out there; the world of work – what it’s really like?”