Gateway Campus students shine as screen stars

Published on 11/10/2019 by DTHACK

Blackpool and The Fylde College's Gateway Campus students swapped pens and pads for cameras and checkouts as stars of a video by supermarket chain Tesco.

Leah Scott and Todd Beaumont were joined by a film crew as they took part in a World of Work tour when they were given an insider's guide to life at a superstore.

The VIP trip was part of Tesco's three-year partnership with The Prince’s Trust to help 10,000 young people in the UK to develop their employability and life skills through the introduction of Achieve Clubs.

Gateway Campus' Achieve Club is one of 40 across the UK providing young people the chance to develop skills for their future.

The Tesco initiative includes developing lesson plans in conjunction with training charity IGD on topics including leadership, interview skills and customer service.

Video star Leah said: "I didn't realise that there were so many jobs under one roof.

"I learned that you have to be confident and forward-thinking in retail. And I know now that through my education I can achieve my employment goals.

"The Achieve Club programme has helped me realise that through education I can achieve my employment goals."

Fellow Gateway Campus student Todd Beaumont added: "When I started here I had no career aspirations.

"But after the World of Work tour I know what I want to do. You can do anything with the right support, attitude and education."

Renuka Morris, curriculum manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: "Young people return from these sessions absolutely 'buzzing' with excitement.

"The skills, challenges and potential opportunities that have been developed are beyond measure. 

"It has raised the hopes and aspirations of some students, and some are taking on board just how important the 'right attitude' is as an employability skill."