Future U granted £850,000 to continue inspiring young people

Future U, a project which inspires young people to increase their career aspirations and consider studying at university, has received £850,000 funding to continue its work for another 12 months.

The funding, offered by the Office for Students, will allow the programme to continue to host events at schools and colleges across the county.

These events will enable young people to explore careers that are of interest, as well as speak with employers to find out about opportunities after leaving school. It also supports families and young people from areas in Lancashire which are currently underrepresented in higher education.

The funding will also allow the programme to provide additional support to adult learners, children in care, young carers and students from military families.

Since the start of the project in 2017, Future U has delivered over 1,100 careers activities across 70 schools and colleges in the area, offering advice to more than 25,000 young people. 

A range of resources has also been made available to download from its new website, www.lancashirefutureu.org.uk.

Theo Blackburn, Future U programme manager, said: "We are very excited to build upon the successes of previous phases as we continue to support those that need this support now more than ever across Lancashire.

“The inclusion of adult learners for this year is a welcome addition and opens up exciting opportunities, while our new website will play an important role as a one stop shop in supporting schools, colleges and other organisations to find crucial information as well as details on events and activities, all aiming to support progression to Level 4 study.”

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