A new online resource dedicated to year 11 students affected by school closures has launched. Flying Start is an impartial website built for young people in Portsmouth who need help to plan and prepare for their next steps.

Flying Start Portsmouth

In conjunction with Portsmouth City Council, Highbury College, Portsmouth College, HSDC and the Southern Universities Network, the website provides impartial information on further education, apprenticeships and employment options located in one place.

Students follow each stage of Flying Start as they learn what options are available to them. Young people are able to develop an online CV and profile to use for their college, apprenticeship or future employment application.

The site also includes information on how to access careers guidance and useful mental health resources.

The new initiative provides parents/carers with a set of specialist resources to support young people at such a crucial time.

Penny Wycherley, interim principal and CEO of Highbury College said: 'It’s fantastic to be a part of the Flying Start initiative. The resources included are really invaluable to anyone looking to get set for College, explore their career options or improve their study skills. There are so many courses and apprenticeships available, sometimes it can seem a little daunting, so I encourage any young person who is unsure about their next steps to take a look and reach out for help and advice.'

Portsmouth City Council continues to support local residents - including young people. Flying Start is an important part of efforts to help year 11s during this time.

Cllr Suzy Horton explained the significance of such a launch: "The launch of Flying Start is essential - providing information at such an important moment in their lives."

"All organisations involved have a shared goal - ensuring Portsmouth students have the support they need to make vital decisions that will impact the next stage of their education."

For more information on Flying Start, visit: https://www.sunoutreach.org/resource-category/flying-start-portsmouth/

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  • Date 29/04/2020