At Burton Borough we have been part of the Unitracks programme for two years now. It has been designed to help students decide what pathway to follow after school. By being a part of UniTracks, they have the chance to:
• Step outside their comfort zone through exploring new subjects
• Discover hidden talents through projects and challenges
• Develop the skills that universities and future employers look for, such as teamwork and communication
• Work towards improving their academic grades
• Make new friends from across the country
The UniTracks programme encourages them to apply for and be successful in gaining a place at a leading research intensive university in the future. It helps students to explore all of their options so they can make a fully informed decision about what pathway to follow after school or college.
As an example, previous UniTracks participants have gone on to study at universities like Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, King’s College London, Southampton, and Nottingham and Warwick; others have gone onto apprenticeships.
By the end of their time with Unitracks, students will have grown in confidence in their own abilities; developed key ‘transferable’ skills; be more knowledgeable about what university has to offer you, and be well on their way to achieving their true potential!
As part of the programme students take part in a business enterprise project in year 10, revision skills sessions and an Easter holiday revision bootcamp in year 11, all as part of a wider group of students from schools across the country.
Last year the group created a business plan for their own mobile food truck business called Vegilanté. Working with a business mentor currently working on a master’s degree at the Warwick Business School, they developed all aspects of the business plan from initial concept, through market research to fully budgeting their idea. They performed superbly in the Dragon’s Den-style presentation finals and came a creditable third place. All this while performing superbly in their GCSE courses at school!
This years team are in the process of designing their business, a teen café for Newport town centre called ‘Space and Time’. Watch this space to find out how they get on! In the meantime, if you happen to be in year 10-13 or between 14 and 18 year’s old, it would really help them if you could complete the questionnaire below as they would value your feedback with regard to their market research.