Is there a career that you have always wanted, but didn’t know how to get into?
Michelle Dewberry, winner of last year’s highly acclaimed BBC 2 TV series ‘The Apprentice,’ is campaigning for people in Wiltshire who feel that they have a hidden talent to take part in a county-wide competition, ‘Superstars – The Academy.’
If you’re aged 16-25 and would like a career in fashion, fitness or management, New College Swindon is working in partnership with Michelle to give you the opportunity to showcase your talents and compete for the chance to win a place on an intensive 12 week training course. A panel of judges and tutors will choose one lucky winner at the end of each of the three courses who will receive a top secret prize that will help them on their way to the career of their dreams.
Michelle, pictured here with New College principal Graham Taylor, commented at the launch on 1 February, “I always wanted to run my own business, but had to overcome several hurdles in order to get into my dream career. This is a great opportunity for people who haven’t excelled academically to have a second chance at following their dreams through a less traditional route and New College has a great reputation for getting people the results they want. I’m thrilled to be able to share my story with the people of Wiltshire and hopefully encourage them that it is possible to succeed against the odds!”
Entrants who impress the panel with their written application will be invited to take part in ‘X-Factor’ style auditions on Saturday 24th March. Fifteen finalists from each category will then win a place on the intensive, full-time training courses that will begin at the end of April, with the three lucky winners being announced in the summer.
For more information, or an application form, visit: www.superstarstheacademy.com or call: 0808 178 3698. The closing date for applications for ‘Superstars – The Academy’ is Friday 9th March.
The Swindon New College ‘Superstars – The Academy’ programme is sponsored by Intel, with from GWR.
How is it all going to work?
Superstars – The Academy is an X-Factor/Apprentice style event to give young people who have not excelled academically the chance to have a successful career.
Swindon has approximately 1,200 16 and 17 year olds that are currently either not in education or employment, or who are in employment but with no training and therefore few prospects.
New College Swindon is committed to having a positive impact on the lives of young people by offering programmes that enable them to reach their full potential. The College strives to be at the forefront of educational development in Wiltshire and meet the needs of all its customers regardless of their background and level of ability.
How will it work? Young people from around Wiltshire will compete to win a place on one of three intensive training courses in Fashion, Fitness or Management. Following the audition process, 45 finalists will take part in a 12-week intensive training course, which for three lucky winners could lead on to the career of their dreams.
Who can enter? Superstars – The Academy is open to anyone who was aged between 16 and 25 on 1st September 2006, although New College is particularly keen to target 16 – 18 year olds that are either working or in education but feel they’ve made poor choices, or those who are current unemployed and are looking for a new career.
Timescale at a glance
9th March: Closing date for application forms
24th March: Auditions
30th April: Start of intensive training course
August/Sept: 3 Superstars announced and given information about their prize (prize information confidential at the moment)
Background statistics Around 8% (approximately 700) of Swindon’s 16 and 17 year olds are currently not in education or employment for a variety of reasons. In the jargon they are NEETS – Not in Employment, Education or Training Schemes
Around 400 of these are seeking employment only (making our intensive training courses ideal)
An additional 500+ are in a job but with no training ? therefore a job with few prospects
*statistics supplied by a local careers service