The Highcrest Academy

Johnson & johnson's bridge to employment

The Bridge to Employment programme, run by volunteers from the healthcare company Johnson & Johnson, aims to bolster students’ future career prospects and prepare them for the world of work.

Volunteers from the firm act as personal mentors to support and guide Year 12 students through various activities and sessions throughout the year.  Sessions have included team challenges based on solving healthcare problems, presentation skills, research skills, financial awareness, negotiation, problem solving, CV preparation, personal branding, interview practice and mental health and resilience. Individual students also enjoy personal support from their mentor and the opportunity to undertake work placements at J&J’s offices in High Wycombe.

Students who successfully complete the programme can then apply to be a Student Ambassador at ABTS, Johnson & Johnson’s global student conference, which is held in a different country every year and is fully funded by the programme. Previous Highcrest students have attended ABTS conference in Washington, USA (2017), Portugal (2018) and New York, USA (2019). This year, a record six Highcrest Year 12 students have been selected to receive fully funded places at the ABTS in Montreal, Canada in November 2023.

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