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The Sixth Form Bolton ‘Raising Aspirations Youth Programme’ 2021 competition winner

Date Posted: 25/06/2021 | Posted In: Student News, Student Updates

The RAY Programme is an exciting opportunity for Year 10 students to develop a broad range of skills with specialist tutors at The Sixth Form Bolton. The RAY Programme is usually attended over two years on-site at the Deane Road campus but has had to operate online during virtual workshops this year.

Students from Mount St Joseph, Harper Green, Sharples School, Smithills School, St. Josephs RC High School, Westhoughton High School, Little Lever School and Atherton High School have all been taking part in the RAY Programme run exclusively by The Sixth Form Bolton. Although Covid has limited how many workshops have been able to run online this year, students from the above-mentioned schools have all been able to benefit from workshops on employability, career planning and higher education. As part of the ‘Careers Detective’ workshop, a competition was set to research a particular career that interests the students. Students were encouraged to produce an artefact utilising a short video, a newspaper article, a leaflet, a poster, a short story, a poem, a webpage, or an idea of their own. This gave the students a chance to let their creativity run wild and the prize for the winning artefact was £100 to spend at Amazon!

Jill Whitham, Lead Careers Officer from The Sixth Form Bolton, pictured, was delighted to present Aman with his prize and commented:

“We are extremely impressed with the quality of Aman’s winning entry. Aman used his technical skills and interests to create a thoroughly engaging and entertaining video on the career of Hardware Engineer. Aman clearly put a great deal of time and research into producing a fantastic and very informative product.”

Mrs. Morris, Head of KS4 and CEIAG (Careers) at Mount St. Joseph said:

“We are incredibly proud of Aman and his superb achievement winning the RAY careers competition. Aman is an extremely hardworking, ambitious and successful student, he will undoubtedly go on to a fabulous career. His video was an informative, innovative and a totally engaging look at Hardware Engineering, the career he one day hopes to follow within the exciting and highly competitive Formula One racing environment. Careers education is very important at MSJ and we are thrilled that Aman is not only exploring his own career path but also, with this inspirational video, supporting and guiding other young people with similar interests. Congratulations to Aman!”

The Sixth Form Bolton are now looking forward to launching the RAY Programme once again for 2021/22, hopefully back on site where High School students can be welcomed back in the building to access these special and highly beneficial workshops in the new academic year. To find out more, head to: