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Opportunity focus – VICTA and CNIB Foundation Virtual Programme Opportunity

The CNIB Foundation has teamed up with VICTA to offer places on two of their virtual Learning Academy programmes this summer. This is a great opportunity for UK teenagers with a vision impairment to meet Canadian vision impaired teenagers on a virtual platform. The two programmes are the ‘Junior Explorers’ programme for Canadian grades 7-8 (12-14 years old) and the ‘Young Achievers’ programme for Canadian grades 9-10 (14-16 years old). There are two places available for VICTA UK students on each programme. CNIB Learning Academy ‘Junior Explorers’ (12-14 years old) Weekdays from July 4  to  July [...]

By |May 16, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities, Stand out|Tags: |0 Comments

Opportunity focus – The National Saturday Club

Have you heard of the National Saturday Club? Whatever your interests this unique club offers incredible opportunities across the country, what better way to start your weekend? Here's what the National Saturday Club have to say about taking  part... "Young people across the country are spending Saturday mornings at their local university, college or museum discovering subjects they love. Saturday Clubs are open to 13–16-year-olds of all abilities and are free to attend. Joining the National Saturday Club is a unique opportunity to learn new skills, discover talents, meet new people, and find out more about further [...]

By |April 29, 2022|Categories: 14 to 17, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities, Stand out|Tags: |0 Comments

New opportunity – Get Set Progress – TPT Internship Programme

Get Set Progress provides paid internships for blind and partially sighted people to secure that first rung on the career ladder or who are returning to work following a career break. Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has run a programme of paid internships since 2015 with 85% of interns going on to gain paid employment within six months. In March 2022 TPT extended the programme to five other sight loss charities. Partner organisations in the programme are British Blind Sport, My Sight Nottinghamshire, MySight York, Oxfordshire Association for the Blind and Sight Support West of England. These [...]

By |March 29, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities, Stand out|Tags: |0 Comments

New opportunity – Make Our Move – Climate Change

Make Our Move - Are you ready to take climate action? Hubbub have shared this opportunity with the Student Portal, perfect for anyone passionate about making a positive impact on climate change. Applications close on 20 March, so if you are interested, get your applications in quickly! Information from Hubbub: Calling all young people to take part in a free, year-long programme to run an environmental campaign in your own city. Are you 18-24 years old and based in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester or Glasgow? Want to make a positive difference for the environment but not had [...]

By |March 15, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Education, Employability, Life skills, Nature, Opportunities, Stand out|0 Comments

National Careers Week 2022

Careers Week on the Student Portal! We've pulled together lots of helpful information to help you get the most out of National Careers Week 2022. Plus you can watch vlogs from young VI professionals, who share their advice. National Careers Week 2022 - Online Careers Fair National Careers Week are hosting an online careers week for you to explore. Each day has a different focus - Monday: NatWest Group, Tuesday: Careers at Sea, Wednesday: Health Careers, Thursday: BBC Bitesize and Friday: Civil Service. Visit the NCW Careers Fair >   Visit the NCW website > [...]

By |March 9, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Education, Employability|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

New opportunity – BBC Young Reporter

BBC Young Reporter Competition The BBC Young Reporter Competition is open until 27 March 2022 for those aged 11-18. It's an amazing opportunity to produce a report on a story or issue important to you.  It is a unique chance to tell your story on TV, radio, online or on social media with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers! This year’s theme is ‘Me and My World’. Find out all about the competition and how to enter here: www.bbc.co.uk/teach/young-reporter/competition/zghcydm Need some inspiration? Previous examples include: Ben’s story, produced with BBC Sport, reflects the reality [...]

New opportunity – Join the next wave of VICTA Young Ambassadors!

Each year a new group of VICTA Young Ambassadors come together to help shape STRiVE, our e-magazine aimed at you! Do you have a passion for sharing your voice and communicating with others? Do you have an editorial vision for STRiVE you're dying to share? We have dreams of more video articles, more social content and growing our bank of inspiring stories and honest voices. If you think this could be you, then we'd love to hear from you. More about the programme Our Young Ambassadors Programme is a volunteering opportunity for young adults aged 18 to [...]

By |January 28, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Opportunities, Strive, Volunteering|0 Comments

Exploring the creative arts – interview with singer Grace Whitford

In November we chatted to singer and actress Grace Whitford about following her dreams of becoming a singer. Grace Whitford initially came across some resistance against following her dream career as a singer. She talks to the Student Portal about discovering her love of music after losing her sight at a young age and the point at which she realised she wanted to pursue it as her career. Grace now performs live at venues and festival and is recording her first EP, she offers some great advice on being determined and working hard to achieve your goals. Watch our [...]

By |January 14, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Create, Employability|0 Comments

Internship opportunities at Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton UK LLP is part of a global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, made up of some 58,000 people in over 135 countries. They have several exciting internship opportunities that give students the chance to work on real projects and take on new responsibilities. Available to second year university students onwards, you will get a unique insight into the business and lots of real-work experience. You will also be on the fast-track to a graduate offer. More information about these internships are available here: https://trainees.grantthornton.co.uk/our-programmes/interns/ A full list of the internship opportunities are [...]

By |January 14, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Opportunities, Volunteering|0 Comments

STRiVE: My Internship Experience

by Ruyaiya Asim I interned as an Accessibility Advisor for the Project Box. The Project Box is a company that assists students and graduates begin their early careers with world leading accountancy firms. In my role, I helped with making the application and interview processes more accessible for visually impaired people. I did this by going through these processes as an applicant, during which I identified some aspects that could be improved to make them more accessible. Then I presented my findings to Project Box and their clients. While I go through my internship experience, I want to [...]

By |October 8, 2021|Categories: 18 plus, Employability, Internship, Strive, Volunteering|0 Comments
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