Saturday, July 11, 2020

Business input sees Lincolnshire students jet propelled towards the future

Students from Priory Witham Academy who are starting on the life-changing Blue Skies programme run by the Jon Egging Trust (JET), will be supported for the next three years by Fiscal Engineers, a Wealth Management Company based in Nottingham.

The company has 27 staff and has pledged to finance the three-year journey of 27 young people who face difficulties in their lives, through a course which will help them raise their confidence and aspirations.

The staff will be following the Priory Witham students as they progress through the three stages of the programme, learning about teamwork, leadership and work-skills.

JET was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging (Red 4) who tragically lost his life on 20th August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions and prove that every child can.

The Charity delivers two youth programmes, Blue Skies and Inspirational Outreach, in conjunction with their partners and operates in eight regions in the UK.

The Blue Skies programme concentrates on working with young people who face various problems such as being in care, being a carer or having suffered some trauma, and helps give them the aspirations and confidence they need to follow their chosen path.  487 young people graduated on Blue Skies programmes in the last academic year across the country.

Inspirational Outreach reaches a broader number of young people by offering support packages to schools based on their needs.

Sessions include talks, assemblies, lessons and visits that connect young people to inspirational mentors such as the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, injured service personnel and veterans, as well as individuals connected to STEM.  More than 9,600 young people participated in sessions during the last academic year.

The Trust aims to be operating in nine regions across the UK by 2020 and to be offering lifechanging opportunities through its Blue Skies and Inspirational Outreach Programmes to 10,000 young people every year.

Shane Mullins, founder and Executive Chairman of Fiscal Engineers, said: “There is a great match between ourselves and JET. We are both organisations dealing with people in key points of transition, and are absolutely driven by the desire to see people flourish at all stages of their lives.”

Dr Emma Egging, CEO of the Jon Egging Trust, added: “It costs £1000 to put a young person through our three year Blue Skies programmes so this pledge from Fiscal Engineers is a fantastic commitment to our Lincolnshire students.

“But this partnership is about so much more than just money, as they are offering valuable contacts and expertise to support JET in helping even more young people.”

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