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Sixth Formers Take Responsibility

Posted on 29th March 2016

Back Row L-R: Chief Inspector Adam Thomas, Shubham Kulkarni, Szymon Pipczynski, Abbie Giles, Caitlyn Eckley, Archie Auger, Cecelia Hyde, Kamila Marciniak, Ella Davies, Megan Harrison, Head of Careers Hilary White, Vennture CEO Robert Thomas Front Row L-R: Martha Davey, Harvey Box, Rudy Kuzminski, Lady Darnley, Project Lead Micha Reynolds, Jonathan Wall, Saba Semere.

14 students from Hereford Sixth Form College are celebrating graduating from Vennture’s Lean-on-Me training. Hilary White, Head of Careers at Hereford Sixth Form College said “Vennture has offered a unique and hands on work experience opportunity which will be sure to open many doors for our students. A first of its kind.” The initiative was enabled by a grant from The Herefordshire Foundation.

Students complete a challenging six month training programme and work in Emelia’s Place – a purpose built venue designed to help people on a night out recover safely from excess alcohol. Emelia’s Place reduces the burden on emergency services and the city’s Street Pastors.

Speaking at the graduation, Chief Inspector Adam Thomas said, “Emelia’s transforms safety and care in Hereford’s night time economy, it’s encouraging to see so many young people giving back to their community.”

One of the students, Jonathan Wall, spoke of his experience, “The programme has far exceeded my expectations. The practical scenarios have enabled us to develop skills that cannot be taught in a classroom. I would recommend this opportunity to everybody: adults as well as students!

The Lord Lieutenant, Lady Darnley, presented each graduate with their certificates. Vennture Project Lead, Micha Reynolds said, “It is amazing to see each student’s hard work and dedication. They have grown in confidence and they are now accumulating valuable experience to allow them to pursue their university applications.”