Burnley College delivers inspirational talks for students

Burnley College has delivered a series of online talks featuring leaders from television, sports and industry for its sixth form students. 

The videos have now been viewed by more than 2,000 students after they requested additional support from tutors to keep their motivation levels high during lockdown.

Seminars covered a range of topics from mental health and emotional wellbeing to achieving success in business to leading an inspirational charity.

Speakers included former Burnley FC player and mental health champion Clarke Carlisle, star of TV show The Apprentice Adam Corbally, the director of National Careers Week and a representative of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Several tutors also shared their experiences and inspirational stories.

Amber Tither, health and wellbeing officer at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, said: "The student voice is so important to us here at Burnley College and we are always responsive to their requests and needs. Students asked us for some additional activities to really boost their motivation at a time when a time when the nation as a whole was coming to terms with a third lockdown – and we delivered."

Paul Whittaker, head of student service at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, said: "We’ve welcomed some outstanding guest speakers for our BC Talks, and we’ve also seen our tutors really make an impact too. Hearing them speak with such insight, passion and enthusiasm has left a lasting impression on our students.

“It’s about giving students inspiration and aspirations, in the academic sense, and the wider context of the world, offering support and answers for the challenges we all face and to see the endless possibilities open to them.”

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