The benefits of alumni networks

The benefits of alumni networks

Lambeth College is gathering a database of former students to inspire the current crop of learners to further academic and career success.

The London-based college hopes to build up an alumni network made up both of people in established careers and vocations and of recent leavers.

The college has become one of 400 secondary schools and colleges across the UK to get involved with education charity Future First, which assists in building up alumni communities to benefit students.

Fiona Whitewood, the head of marketing and communications at Lambeth College, said: “The scheme will enable us to capture learner destinations and strengthen the ties between past learners, employers and the college.”

The charity encourages alumni to sign up online and get in touch with their old school or college. Applicants can also offer work experience opportunities or elect to mentor a current student.

Christine Gilbert, the executive chair of Future First and a former Ofsted chief inspector, said: “If students see people like them have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too. They work harder and have higher expectations of success.”

 

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