Profi Project Proves Positive

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The Profi Project, an experimental learning programme that aims to support year 12 pupils during the transition from GCSEs to A Level, has launched and ran its first session at M-SParc, Gaerwen. Making the most of the link to businesses, the programme has moved forward and engaged with all of the Anglesey and Gwynedd secondary schools with 367 participants so far.

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The Programme aims to develop confidence, employability skills, and widen horizons, helping young people reach their potential. Teams of young people from Gwynedd and Anglesey are given a real-life brief by a local charity, and then have 15 weeks to develop a project proposal in response to the brief. ‘Profigators’ – students from Bangor University, assist them.

Kim Jones, who heads the programme, said “Young people aren’t always given the chance to learn real life business skills before leaving school. The Profi programme gives them the opportunity to learn how to approach a new problem from a business point of view, working as a team and asking for help when it’s required, to overcome a practical, real-life challenge. At the end of the project, an event is held for pupils to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, each hoping to win £500 for their charity, to put their ideas into action.”

The project launched officially in November, at the Menai Science Park, with a follow up on the 31st of January where pupils were introduced to a range of business and company owners, who volunteered to share their time and their stories, to inspire the young people.

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, Managing Director of M-SParc, said “We are pleased that Kim chose M-SParc in order to launch the Profi Project. Getting young people in, having them speak with businesses that included some of our own tenants, and seeing the buzz and excitement around the event, was brilliant. We hope to see many of those young people go on to think about starting their own business when they leave, there was some real entrepreneurial thinking coming to light, and we may even see some of them working at M-SParc in the near future.”

Over the next few weeks the pupils will be preparing their presentations, creating their crowdfunding films hoping to make a difference by tackling the stigma around Mental Health in their communities. Project Coordinator Kim Jones stated "that by the end of the project, you’re looking at a completely different group of young people, that have stood up to their fear of public speaking. Their confidence will increase dramatically, as they learn what their skills are and how to strengthen them. This really is an invaluable opportunity which will set them up for life".

The Profi Project is part of Bangor University’s Widening Access Centre which promotes the University’s presence and work within the community.

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