School Students Celebrate Success at Awards Ceremony

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 09:15

The achievements of 70 students from Crawley and Gatwick schools were commended at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 27 at the Hilton London Gatwick Airport.

The event was the finale to the Be the Change programme, an initiative to boost the aspirations and job prospects of young people aged between 13 and 14. Over the last six months the students have been taking part in a series of activities designed to improve hope, happiness, confidence, relationships, to change negative behaviour and to introduce them to career opportunities.

The students were congratulated and awarded certificates by the programme’s sponsors and volunteer business guides alongside the Be the Change Team, headed up by Graham Moore, co-founder, and to help 13 and 14 year-olds negotiate the gap between education and employment.

Graham said: "It has been an incredible journey not just for these amazing young people, but for everyone who has been involved – the teachers, the business volunteers and ourselves. Over the last few months we have been inspired by the way in which the students have engaged with us and their peers and as a result have become happier, more confident in their abilities and more excited about their futures."

The students come from seven secondary schools in the area: Ifield Community College, Hazelwick School, Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School, St Wilfrid's Catholic School, The Gatwick School, Oriel High School and Thomas Bennett Community College

Gary Peters, Founder of, said: "It’s not easy for lots of young people in the UK and many of the students who take part in Be the Change have already had to face challenges that most of us couldn’t imagine. Our aim is to help them to value both themselves and other people, to believe in themselves and to develop 21st Century skills that will enable them to take responsibility for their lives and future ambitions. It’s been an amazing journey and we have been overwhelmed by the level of support from the Gatwick and Crawley business community – with 42 volunteer business guides from 7 local businesses."

Be the Change Crawley and Gatwick has been sponsored by Arora Hotel, B&CE, Crawley Borough Council, Gatwick Airport (headline sponsor), Hilton London Gatwick Airport, NatWest and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Supplementary Information about and Be The Change has an award winning family of regional job boards in Sussex and Surrey. It works proactively to link businesses, universities, colleges and schools, public sector, charities and community groups and other organisations to create and promote local employment opportunities in the South East, whilst also providing much needed careers, information, advice and guidance to local businesses and job-seekers alike.

In 2015 launched inspirational initiative Be the Change with the expertise of Graham Moore of metamoorphosis. Be the Change is an inspirational initiative for young people who may be disengaged with their education or lack confidence in their own abilities. The programme focuses on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability and, through a series of conferences, workshops, 1:1 sessions and workplace visits, encourages students to identify their personal barriers to success, before helping them find ways of overcoming them.

Working in partnership with businesses, Be the Change helps open young people’s eyes to the world of work and the wealth of possibilities and career opportunities in their hometown and beyond. Be the Change provides the perfect opportunity for businesses to engage with their future workforce, building awareness of their employer brand amongst young people in their local area and providing an innovative way of providing fulfilling and meaningful personal development opportunities for their employees.

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