Driving Ambition in North Oxfordshire

A group of Fellows in Banbury have been working together since summer 2011 to bring together the worlds of education, industry and enterprise.  Their aim is to make use of the diversity of skills and experience within the Fellowship and the local business community to help drive ambition among students in North Oxfordshire and beyond.

Project lead Peter Jordan FRSA explains “we wanted a project in line with the aims of the RSA, that would help our local community and be of some interest to us as individuals.”  

Wanting to share their skills in industry but concerned about being a group of ‘well-wishing amateurs’, the group invited staff and students from local schools to discuss their ideas.  Both agreed it would be good to talk to those who have ‘been out there and done it’ and understand what the world of industry has to offer.

The launch event took place on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 at the North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury.  The evening began with a welcome and endorsement from Tony Baldry MP, after which students from three local schools showcased projects they were working on, inviting over fifty guests to support them in a number of ways.  With projects spanning areas from enterprise clubs, school gardening projects, one to one career advice and public speaking training there were opportunities for Fellows to use skills from across the board.

The connections between Fellows, business people and students that started that evening lay the foundations of the project, and the group hopes to continue to build on this success. “The event was just start of a journey, our aim in the long term is to encourage local schools, businesses and communities to work closer together for the benefit of the citizens of tomorrow” - Peter Jordan FRSA.

Want to get involved?  If you’re a Fellow who wants to help out or find out more please email Peter Jordan.

If you’d be interested in setting up something similar in your area, then email the Fellowship team to find out how.