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J&J Bridge To Employment Project

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J & J Programme Theme for Year Three - 2018/2019: "Preparing for Higher Education or The World of Work"

Highcrest students reach the final stage of a unique three-year project with healthcare giants 

Students from The Highcrest Academy are completing a unique three-year project with healthcare company Johnson & Johnson that aims to bolster their future career prospects.

Johnson & Johnson set up the worldwide programme in 1992 to inspire young people to enrol in higher education, excel academically and pursue health and science careers. The initiative has been run in thirteen countries but Highcrest is the first school in England to take part.

Volunteers from the firm act as mentors to support and guide students through various activities and sessions. Buckinghamshire New University and Young Enterprise support the programme in terms of facilities and trips as well as pledging a number of its students to be mentors.

Rob Evans, Careers Leader at Highcrest explained, “The main aim is to get the students ready for the workplace through a structured programme of guidance and academic support. The students have learned how to conduct job interviews, write CVs, improve their presentation skills and build up a work ethic. They have been taken on various trips including one to the Johnson & Johnson site in Leeds where they were given opportunities to undertake work shadowing.  I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to give these students a really enriching experience. There was a 'Dragon’s Den' competition with one of the successful candidates acting as a judge. The two students who impressed the Dragon were guests at  J&J’s conference in Portugal in October 2018 as student ambassadors and gave a presentation about their experience to J&J employees from all over the world.”

Mark Hicken, Managing Director of Janssen UK & Ireland, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with The Highcrest Academy on the Bridge to Employment scheme. Many of our employees will be volunteering their time, helping to inspire young people within our local community to stay in full time education and increase their awareness of the career opportunities that exist in the healthcare sector. 

Johnson & Johnson has been running this programme for more than twenty years with proven results.  We are proud to have launched this initiative here in High Wycombe and offering these students academic and career support that will enable them to realise their full potential.”  

Research by The University of Derby has proved that this programme provides significant improvements in students’ academic performance and helps develop the wide range of skills that today’s employers need.

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