In The Know – Lights, Camera, Action!

In The Know – Lights, Camera, Action!

Careers Events Growth mindset In The Know What's new? Young people

Making a film or video content is a fantastic creative process which can engage a mixed group of young people in working towards a united goal. Through engagement with the filmmaking process, young people can find their voice, tell their story and explore creative ways to express themselves.  This week’s events will help you facilitate an introduction into filmmaking and support you on the creative path to making your first film.

Open Day with Free Masterclass
The central film school is hosting an open day for all young people with a desire to study filmmaking. They can explore and learn about what the school has to offer with advice and guidance from programme leaders and industry professionals. Take a tour of the facilities and enjoy the Masterclass. This free event will take place on Saturday, 29th February 2020 from 11am – 2pm at the Central Film School in London. Find out more here.

Short Film Screening Night
Claudia Kaleta is offering a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers and film enthusiasts, aged 16 and above to get together, network and watch weird and wonderful films together at the Kensington Central Library on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 4pm – 7pm. At this event, they will also be screening an additional three short and mysterious films on the same night that will be announced a few days prior to the event. There is a small entrance ticket of £5. Find out more here.

Photosoc Exhibition
Imperial College London is showing a PhotoSoc exhibition on the 26th February 2020 to 12th March 2020 from 9am to 9pm at the South Kensington Campus. This free event is open to all and is dedicated to providing people with guidance to flourish as a photographer. Meet others with the same passion and most of all enjoy yourself, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert this event will inspire you. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a social enterprise that provides tutoring, mentoring and enrichment to young people from a range of backgrounds. To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please get in touch with us via the website

Careers Growth mindset In The Know Mentoring Narrowing the gap Social mobility What's new? Young people

Life is filled with competition and teamwork, from the playground to the corporate world. This week’s In the Know is slightly different from usual – with a couple of events and a brand new programme to nurture leadership skills in young people!

GT Scholars – Inspiring Future Leaders Programme
Young people in London have so much potential but often face a wide range of challenges – this is why we’ve teamed up with the Mayor of London to launch the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme! This is a new leadership programme for boys aged 12 to 14, who have great leadership skills but are not fully achieving their potential. The 6-month programme will include skill-building days, enrichment days and 1-to1 mentoring. The programme is free to all selected participants, it’s fully funded by Mayor of London & National Lottery and starts on 20th February 2020 until July 2020. If you’re interested or have any questions, please register your interest or call us on 02088168066. Applications close on Monday 10th February 2020.

Northolt library young people’s film club
A team of local young people are hosting a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to celebrate Harry Potter day on Saturday, 8 February 2020 from 1.30pm – 3pm at the Northolt Library, Northolt. This youth-led film group aims to involve and empower local communities by getting young people to make and show their own short films. This free event will consist of several challenges that will test the participants’ magical process and daring powers of deduction. Follow the link for more information.

Nomadic Youth’s Card Club #1 – BOSS MONSTER
Nomadic Youth’s Card Club is hosting their first-ever Card Club on Sunday, 9 February 2020  from 6pm – 8pm at the Blightly Cafe’, Tottenham. At this free event, you play new and interesting card and tabletop games, starting with the incredible and epic dungeon building card game called Boss Monster! This game is inspired by 8-bit side scroller games in which players compete to build the best dungeons, luring in brave heroes between 13 -18 years. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a social enterprise and registered charity that runs tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes for young people aged 11-16. Registration for the programme is now open. Visit our website to find out more about our high impact courses, workshops and programmes that will teach your child the strategies and skills they need to achieve their aspirations.

Friends of GT Scholars –  Do you know any young people interested in coding?

Friends of GT Scholars – Do you know any young people interested in coding?

Friends of GT Scholars

The weekend is almost here! I hope you’re having a great Friday so far and that the day will turn out to be a perfect start to your weekend. Today’s newsletter is really special to me because it marks the 100th newsletter to be published! Thanks for your continued support and for staying tuned! It’s been great getting the Friends of GT Scholars to your inbox every week!

Do you know any young people interested in coding?
For the first time ever, we’ve been able to offer more places on our skill building days by running the workshops on multiple days! We’ve got Google Academy London to thank for that!  We’ll be running a series of workshops next week during October half-term. These workshops will give young people the chance to learn new coding skills or build on their existing coding skills.  There are a few more spaces left for #GirlMeetsCode. If you know of a young girl between 11-16 who’d like to join us on Tuesday, 22nd October please get in touch with me, we have a special Friends of GT discount code she can use!

Event volunteers needed!
We’re looking for a few more event volunteers to help us at next week’s coding workshops at Google Academy. As an event volunteer, you’ll be helping by welcoming attendees, handing out workshop materials and helping with lunch arrangements. The first workshop, on Tuesday 22nd October, is a girls only event, followed by two more workshops on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th which are open to all young people. Workshops will run from 10am to 4pm and you can support for a full day or half day, depending on your availability. Please let me know if you can help on any of these days!

Kick off your first tutoring session with a bang!
This week marked the start of our second intake of scholars on the mentoring and tutoring programmes for this term. Out of over 250 applications that we received, we’ve been able to give 22 places to young people to some extremely talented and ambitious young people. If you’ve confirmed your availability you’ll soon hear from us with more information on scholar matches this term. If you’re already thinking of ideas to make your tutoring sessions fun, then this blog will definitely have a few ideas you can use and add to your tutoring sessions. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

In the Know – Fantastic opportunities for aspiring filmmakers!

In the Know – Fantastic opportunities for aspiring filmmakers!

In The Know What's new?

Filmmaking is a fantastic way for young people to develop their creative skills and express themselves. It also offers the chance to explore many fascinating careers in a wide range of industries, from film and cinema to marketing and advertising to tech design. Here are a few opportunities for young people to learn more about filmmaking and develop new skills.  

Make a Film in a Weekend
Bell House is running a 2-day filmmaking weekend for young people, aged 15-18. From story generation and acting for screen to lighting design and film editing, attendees will get to experience the process of creating a short movie while working collaboratively alongside a professional director. Bursary places are available on request. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September. Find out more here

Emerging Filmmakers Day
As part of the Raindance Film Festival, budding creators aged 16 to 18 are welcome to take part in a free full-day filmmaking workshop. Tailored to give you some practical insight into how to make it in the industry and to further broaden your horizons, the day will include a film screening, Q&A, and skills workshops hosted by top industry professionals. This workshop is taking place on Saturday 28th September from 9.30am at Vue Cinema London – Piccadilly. Find out more here

Directing Commercials Masterclass
SAE Institute London welcomes filmmaker, Tatenda Jamera, who will be hosting a masterclass on directing commercials and the art of storytelling in 30 seconds. Tatenda, who has worked on set with the likes of Mary J Blige, Olly Murs, and Robin Thicke, will talk about his background as a filmmaker, show examples of his work, explain how to do a treatment, and give attendees advice about how to make their own films. This free workshop for young people aged 16 to 18 will be taking place on Tuesday 24th September from 5.30pm. Find out more here

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you a volunteer with coding skills?

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you a volunteer with coding skills?

Friends of GT Scholars

How are you? I hope you’ve had a great week so far? It’s been quite a busy week for me, getting back into the swing of things and preparing for our first scholar intake on Monday.  I’ve also been enjoying the feedback from the skills survey we’ve been getting! You guys are great! This week I’d like to tell you more about a few of our upcoming events and how you can get involved.

Can you be a speaker at our parent information session!
We need volunteers to sit on our panel at our information sessions for parents who are interested in enrolling their child in one of our programmes. There will be two sessions – the first one will be on Saturday 21st September and the second one will be on Saturday 28th September. Both sessions will take place in central London. If you’d like to join our panel and speak about your volunteer experience, please let me know and I’ll fill you in on the details.

Can you help design a coding workshop?
The next skill-building workshops will take place in mid October and are all about introducing young people to the world of coding. We need volunteers who have some time to spare in September to help us design these workshops. It’s a great volunteer opportunity for someone with coding experience wanting to share their skills. You can help design and deliver the content at our workshops or work behind the scenes (like me), by only being involved with the design part.  Please get in touch if you’re interested or know of anyone who’d like to get involved.

Volunteer Skills Survey
I guess by now you might have seen our email series about our new skills survey. Thanks to everyone who completed it so far! If you don’t know about the survey yet, this survey is for volunteers who want to leverage their skills while improving social mobility for young people in London. Our Skills-based volunteering opportunity can empower you to become a change-maker, build on your resume and also give you the opportunity to expand your network. If you’d like to become a skills-based volunteer please complete this volunteer skills survey to tell us more about what you’d like to do.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

In The Know What's new?

National Coding Week is taking place from Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September. It is the perfect opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of coding and computer science! In this week’s newsletter, we have a few coding-related activities and resources that will have them building new skills, exploring new careers, and having loads of fun while learning.

Game Design Workshops
SAE Creative Media Institute is running two free game design workshops for young people between the ages of 16 and 18. The first workshop will be taking place on Tuesday 17th September and will teach attendees how to make a mobile game with Unity. The second workshop, taking place on Thursday 19th September, will teach attendees how to make a 2D game in 10 easy steps. Both workshops will be taking place from 6.30pm at their SAE London campus. Find out more here

Python Coding Workshop
The Software Academy is running a free Python coding workshop for young people between the ages of 11 and 16. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of coding using Python, one of the world’s most famous coding languages that’s gaining more popularity every day. It will be delivered in a fully-equipped computer lab, geared by industry level hardware and software, on Sunday 22nd September from 1pm. Find out more here.

Grasshopper App
Grasshopper makes learning coding easy with this easy-to-use app! Created by a team of passionate coders from Google’s workshop for experimental products, this app was created to make it possible for everyone to learn coding. The app offers fun, quick lessons that teach young people how to write real JavaScript. As you develop your abilities, you move through progressively challenging levels, and by the final level, you graduate with fundamental programming skills for your next step as a coder. This free app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

7 Effective Skills To Improve Your Employability

7 Effective Skills To Improve Your Employability

What's new?

Obtaining a degree and having a qualification behind your name is no longer enough to guarantee you the job you were dreaming about. In fact, with each year that passes by, the job market becomes increasingly competitive as new graduates from various universities and institutions enter the workforce. 

To sift through the huge amount of graduate applicants, employers now have to look beyond your education history. They also want to ensure that their potential employee possesses all of the necessary and sufficient skills to work for their company and with their team. This means that having good employability skills will increase the prospect of you getting the job that you want while also increasing your self-worth and reputation.

Employers look for a range of skills in each employer, with some skills more suited for specific careers. However there are general skills that most employers will look for, so if you are looking to enhance your employability, consider working on these 7 simple but effective skills:

Technology Skills
The digital age demands good technology and computer skills, no matter which career field you’re in. Basic computer skills are a general requirement in any workforce environment and it increases your efficiency in the workplace which many employers are looking for. Learning these computer skills is also quite a simple task as there are many free online and offline computer literacy and coding courses available today. You can also extend your knowledge of technology and learn new technical skills by subscribing to technical magazines or watching technical videos. This can also give you a useful perspective on various technical insights and innovations that you can apply to your career and personal life.

Communication Skills
In any working environment, you will be working with people, whether in a team or interacting with clients or customers. One of the most important skills to have when it comes to working with people is communication skills. Good communication skills allow you to get your points and ideas across easily and effectively, which makes it easier for your employer, colleagues or clients to understand you. You can easily improve your communication skills by joining public speaking forums such as a debate group or society. Beyond public speaking, you can work on recording and assessing yourself, looking out for things like body language, too many ‘um’s’ or inaudible words or other things you can improve on.

Networking Skills
The art and science of building authentic relationships are very useful to fast track your journey to success. Networking offers both you and the company you work for valuable ways to develop meaningful business relationships that can be leveraged for greater success. It’s often true when they say “it’s not about what you know, but who you know” as networking can open up many doors for you at any stage of your career path. You can develop networking skills by getting involved in charitable organisations, attending career fairs and being part of youth board or committees. You can also research your career field and job market to ensure that you stay on top of your what’s happening in your career field and get insider information about what a certain profession or career field will demand of you.

Teamwork Skills
A majority of your time spent in the workplace will be working with and interacting with your colleagues in a team setting. Even if you work solely on a specific task or as a specific role, you will still interact with other people in the company to effectively complete each project. At the end of the day, a company is basically a team as well, so this is why it is important that you have sufficient teamwork skills. The best way to learn teamwork skills is to join a sports team, dance class or music or choir group. Volunteering also offers many ways to build solid teamwork skills while also building your experience and other skills. 

Organisational Skills
Good organisational skills mould you into becoming more proficient, reliable and punctual, which are all values that any employer would seek out for. Companies need to run properly like a well-oiled machine, so employers will avoid any sense of disorder or unreliability. This is why you need to ensure that you build your organisational skills now so that you will be effective and valued in your workplace. Many young people will find building organisational skills to be challenging, especially if you learn in a more sporadic and spontaneous manner. One way you can counteract this is to make organising and planning fun, for example, you can take the opportunity to plan a trip or an event with your family or friends. This will test and improve your ability to plan and carry out activities effectively.

Self-Motivation
Together with teamwork, an employer also wants to see that you are able to work well independently. Independent working takes self-motivation and the willingness to take initiative, and without this, many tasks cannot be accomplished properly. The best way to improve your self-motivation is to boost your self-confidence. This can be done by taking the opportunity to learn independently and setting personal goals and coming up with strategies to achieve them. You can also learn to take more initiative by getting involved in community service and social activism, which also has the added benefit of exposing you to real-world situations and learning valuable skills.

Adaptability
The only constant thing is change, and this applies to the workplace as well. Being able to adapt to change and being flexible allows you to think quickly on your feet and to work well under pressure. Employers look out for this and they ensure that you are open to change and able to adapt with a positive mindset and a desire to learn. You can learn to be adaptable by exposing yourself to new and fast-changing situations such as working for a voluntary organisation or signing up for work experience programmes. You can also develop your creative skills which will expand your learning and thought processes so that you are able to come up with creative solutions, especially under pressure. 

These employability skills will help you to be successful in any profession while also making building your CV and experience to open up many more doors on the pathway to your dream career. 

GT Scholars runs enrichment and skill-building programmes that help you to develop these and many more employability skills. Our programmes also include tutoring and mentoring for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Learn new skills this Summer!

In the Know – Learn new skills this Summer!

In The Know What's new?

The Summer holidays are a perfect opportunity for young people to learn new skills. This will not only expand their knowledge and keep their minds active, but it will also expose them to new career fields and interests that could help them reach their aspirations. Here are a few upcoming skill-building opportunities that your child could be interested in.

Architecture Summer School: Making Happy Places
Making Happy Places is a five-day free summer school where young people will learn about architecture and the environment and gain practical skills in drawing, model making and portfolio making. Young people between the ages of 15-18 will learn how the built environment and architecture has a direct impact on their lives, while also learning more about the opportunities in this career field. The summer school will take place from Monday 12th August to Friday 16th August. Find out more here

Pen to Print: Creative Writing Workshop
Pen to Print and Barking Library is running a free creative writing workshop for young people between the ages of 11-14. Children’s author, Sara Grant, will help young people to create stories and inspire and encourage them to develop their creative writing skills. The workshop is taking place on Wednesday 14th August from 2pm. Find out more here

CoderDojo @ Brandon Library
CoderDojo is running a free coding workshop for young people between the ages of 11-17 at Brandon Library in Southwark. This workshop will help young people to learn to code in a fun and creative environment, and they are not required to have any previous coding experience. The workshop will be taking place on Saturday 3rd August from 12pm. Find out more here

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Bring the fun back into learning!

In the Know – Bring the fun back into learning!

In The Know What's new?

We hope you had a great half-term break? In the spirit of getting back into the groove of things, this week we’re bringing the fun back into learning! With this week’s activities, your child will discover what they love about the subjects they take. Use these activities to reignite your child’s passion for school and remind them that education has a fun side!

Raspberry Coding Jam
The Pi Jam presents an exciting day of coding workshops, interesting talks and fun activities at their All London Raspberry event. This event is ideal for young people aged 11-16 who want to learn more about technology, programming and coding. This free event will cover Python, machine learning and Microbit as well as Scratch and programming activities. This event filled with coding fun will be on Saturday 8th June at The Microsoft Reactor London. Register your interest here.

The Saturday Club Summer Show!
This free event celebrates pushing the boundaries of creative education! The National Saturday Club Summer Show will be an exhibition of the research work of their 13-16 year old members. Their work will cover a wide range of subjects such as Fashion, Business, Science and Engineering. This is a great way to inspire your child to get excited and develop a passion for their school subjects. The event will take place from Saturday 8th June at Somerset House. Find out more here.

Rise of the Machines!
Be sure to take your child down to the Barbican Center for a day filled with activities to get your child thinking about technology that goes beyond their mobile phone! This event is free for 11-14 year olds and will include engaging, interactive activities such as driving a virtual sports car and creating images with a big screen robot that mimics your gestures. Find out more about this exciting event here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Step into Your Future!

In the Know – Step into Your Future!

In The Know What's new?

There are so many career choices available to young people that at times it can feel overwhelming when trying to decide on one. This week’s fun and informative activities are all aimed at giving your child the support they need to make decisions about their future. Read on to find out how to get your child inspired for the future!

Project Accelerate!
On Wednesday 29th May, Project Accelerate is back! From 10:30am to 4pm at RioTinto, which is a large multinational corporation that works in 35 countries across six continents. On Wednesday, we’ll be hosting free workshops for young people (aged 13-16). This workshop will be aimed at helping your child build some of the skills they’ll need to access future work experience and opportunities available to them. Tickets are available and will be released via the waiting list on eventbrite.

A Fashionable Future?
If you know a budding fashion guru aged between 14 – 18 then make sure they don’t miss out on the Creative Careers & Skills MDX Fashion Show! This event on Friday 31st May is ideal for young people interested in a career in the fashion or textiles industries. They’ll be able to gain insight into professional portfolio design and have access to mentoring advice from Middlesex University tutors and students at this free fashion show! Book your tickets here.

Coding Fundamentals
If your child has been trying to figure out how they can get into coding then Vision Redbridge’s coding event presents the perfect opportunity. On Thursday 13th June they will be hosting an interactive coding session for beginners so that your 13-15 year olds can develop basic coding skills. The session which is £2 will include an introduction to fundamental coding languages such as Micro:bits, HTML and Python. Get your ticket here.

GT Scholars is a Non-profit organisation that provides young people with skills, strategies and support to achieve their aspirations. Visit our blog page for more insightful articles on ways you can support your child’s educational journey or find out more information on our tutoring programme and how to apply.