Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet) students have gone back to the future for a new round of activities to improve their tomorrows.
They took part in November’s week-long FutureMe initiative which immersed them in taster training sessions that exposed them to new opportunities for better careers.
Sport, health and social care and childcare, and uniformed services leaners participated in five days of activities that took them as far as Edinburgh.
It is the second time this year TyneMet students have been involved in FutureMe, an activities programme operated by the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme, a consortium of all North East universities and colleges.
FutureMe helps young people to think about their futures and how higher education can help them reach their goals. It delivers activities which aim to encourage university participation in those who might not otherwise apply.
Activities for Level 3 health and social care and childcare students included a visit to Surgeons Hall Museum in Edinburgh, the headquarters of the city’s Royal College of Surgeons and Scotland’s major medical museum.
While there, they took part in workshops involving role play amputations, and explored the museum’s pathology, history of surgery and dental collection.
Other activities during the week included social action in which they fundraised to help people in need by creating hampers, selling raffle tickets, and making jewellery, cakes and Christmas gifts.
They also supported global workforce improvement organisation World of Work by creating resources for primary schools around career development, and learnt Makaton, a form of communication for people unable to communicate effectively through speech.
And they worked with First and further education students and local businesses and organisations to complete an entrepreneurial skills programme.
Sports students broadened their horizons by working with North East activities organisations including football school Little Kickers and multi-sports coaching company Access Coaching.
Others were Ocean Fit, Unique Fitness North East, StreetGames, RG Sports Injuries, Success is Mental, British Rowing, Infinity Fitness, Reebox Tyneside Crossfit, SMART and Sport North Tyneside.
Activities included a workshop with British Rowing at the Go Row indoor workshop at Tyne Amateur Rowing Club. Level 1 sport students visited Infinity Fitness for an interactive session, and basketball students at TyneMet’s North East Sport Academy (NESA) visited Unique Fitness North East.
Another activity was RG Sports Injuries presenting its ‘Be An Athlete’ seminar to NESA students taking its Newcastle Thunder and Falcons programme, and there was a Disability in Sport Awareness workshop.
Students were also given insight into university life via trips to Northumbria University, Newcastle University and the city’s Centre for Life.
Uniformed Services students took part in activities including Turboventrue, visited Cramlington-based 5th Fusiliers Army Reserves, and enjoyed a trip to Newcastle University.
At Turboventure, a military-themed programme, they were put through their paces on high ropes, an assault course and zip-wire by ex-servicemen in activities to develop confidence and resilience.
With the 5th Fusiliers, they took part in a day of activities that developed leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills using a series of command tasks used during the training of recruits.
And at Newcastle University, they were given insight into life at university via a campus tour and a forensics’ degree taster session.
During the Centre for Life visit, they participated in a DNA fingerprinting masterclass, that showed how technology is used in forensic science.
Katy Keightley, Higher Education Progression Coach in TyneMet’s Department of Wellbeing and Education said: “FutureMe offers an important way for students to sample new learning.
“It widens their academic experience by being able participate in an incredibly wide range of activities that they may otherwise not have considered.
“This is the second time this year that TyneMet students have taken part in this programme, and we hope to take advantage of it again in the future.”