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Education Update Q1

17 Oct 2022

July 2022 saw our last interview technique event of the school academic year at Soar Valley Community College. 26 volunteers supported 300 students with their interview skills and gave valuable feedback .

‘Feedback from students and staff has been overwhelmingly positive and students left their interview feeling much more confident and prepared for Post 16 and beyond.’

As the funding on our Focus on the Future project drew to end education packs were created for schools and businesses to help visually impaired students with their employability skills and help to raise awareness of visual impairment within the workplace.

In addition, 4 students with a visual impairment attended Leicester City Football club for a fascinating work tour. They gained valuable insights into how LC operates, its links with businesses, and handled football memorabilia.

Never quit! A Focus on the Future – Work tour at Leicester City Football ground | Leicestershire Cares

Thank you, Leicestershire Cares, for organising and making the King Power visit possible. As always, it is a pleasure to work with you.”

Julie Spiers - Vison support teacher, Leicester City Council.

The first part of the new academic year has involved talking to our partner schools, both mainstream and SEND to plan out their employer engagement events and activities for their students, for the coming year.

We continue to collaborate with LLEP Home | LLEP on the ‘We Discover’ project.

This project links SEND schools with employers to raise aspirations amongst students with special educational needs, in order for them to make successful post 16 destinations We Discover - New volunteering opportunities in special schools | Leicestershire Cares

September saw our annual celebration evening where we presented or member businesses and volunteers with awards for their commitment to volunteering. Amongst the winners for outstanding contribution to our education projects were Joules, Leicester City Council and Hinckley & Rugby building Society.

The education team are thrilled to be shortlisted by The East Midlands Chamber for the Education and Business partnership award and will attend a celebration evening on Friday November 4th at King Power Stadium.

East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2022 finalists revealed - East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) (

If you a business or an education provider and you would like to be involved in any of the education projects, please contact

For a full list of volunteering opportunities with both mainstream and SEND schools please follow these links to our website for all upcoming dates:

Interview Technique | Leicestershire Cares

Employability | Leicestershire Cares