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Franklin College student attends NAF conference in Washington

Thursday 28 August

A Career Academy student from Franklin College in Grimsby attended the national conference of Career Academies UK’s sister organisation, the National Academy Foundation in Washington.

Sam Irving, who has just graduated from the Law Career Academy at the college, was chosen to attend the conference in July because of his outstanding performance on the Career Academy programme. He was accompanied by Career Academy mentor and Local Advisory Board member, Hayley Browne, supported by Hayley’s employer, Wilkin Chapman law firm. 
Sam volunteered and was extremely fortunate in being chosen and selected to deliver a speech to the entire 1,500 strong conference, representing not only Franklin College but Career Academies UK.   Sam introduced himself and briefly discussed the work of Career Academies UK and how the success of the National Academy Foundation had influenced it.
Both Sam and Hayley then participated in a number of sessions with guest speakers from organisations including the CIA and the head of LinkedIn. 
The CIA representatives encouraged graduates to find work experience related to their future careers to help boost their CVs. The head of LinkedIn highlighted the importance of marketing oneself professionally and looked at the benefits of giving students a platform for professional communication, interaction and potentially employment 
Discussions centred on the current middle-skilled jobs crisis and the ability for NAF to work even more successfully through internships to introduce to employers a rich vein of career ready students. This highlighted to Sam the potential “sell” to local employers of working with Career Academies to connect with skilled, professional students.
The scale and success of the NAF in America was demonstrated when the commitment and investment from business was punctuated by a $1,000,000 pledge from Lenovo to help IT Career Academies develop their own apps. Furthermore, 10 leading companies in the US offered preferential hiring, guaranteed interviews and higher starting salaries for accredited NAF graduates. 
The Career Academy programme was built upon the National Academy Foundation’s model and has a close relationship with the organisation. JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation, sits on the National Advisory Board of Career Academies UK. 
She spoke to Sam after his speech: “It means so much to NAF’s educators and business partners to know that their work has worldwide influence, and it is so helpful for us to step back and realise that the issues that we are enmeshed in day-to-day are more than ours alone.”  
Sam described the experience as “an incredible opportunity to understand more about the parent model of Career Academies UK – and to learn about the work they are doing to develop this concept even further; helping improve students’ lives on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Not only was this a fantastic networking and learning opportunity for both Sam and Hayley but it also allowed them to explore the sights, monuments and museums of Washington.  
The grand finale of the trip was a fabulous ball, featuring all of the conference delegates to celebrate some notable achievements and the work of the conference as a whole. Finishing off the night with dancing brought to a close an incredibly enriching learning experience and hopefully a fruitful future relationship.

Sam Irving, who has just graduated from the Law Career Academy at the college, was chosen to attend the conference in July because of his outstanding performance on the Career Academy programme. He was accompanied by Career Academy mentor and Local Advisory Board member, Hayley Browne, supported by Hayley’s employer, Wilkin Chapman law firm. 

Sam volunteered and was extremely fortunate in being chosen and selected to deliver a speech to the entire 1,500 strong conference, representing not only Franklin College but Career Academies UK.  

Sam introduced himself and briefly discussed the work of Career Academies UK and how the success of the National Academy Foundation had influenced it.Both Sam and Hayley then participated in a number of sessions with guest speakers from organisations including the CIA and the head of LinkedIn.

The CIA representatives encouraged graduates to find work experience related to their future careers to help boost their CVs. The head of LinkedIn highlighted the importance of marketing oneself professionally and looked at the benefits of giving students a platform for professional communication, interaction and potentially employment.

Discussions centred on the current middle-skilled jobs crisis and the ability for NAF to work even more successfully through internships to introduce to employers a rich vein of career ready students. This highlighted to Sam the potential “sell” to local employers of working with Career Academies to connect with skilled, professional students.

The scale and success of the NAF in America was demonstrated when the commitment and investment from business was punctuated by a $1,000,000 pledge from Lenovo to help IT Career Academies develop their own apps. Furthermore, 10 leading companies in the US offered preferential hiring, guaranteed interviews and higher starting salaries for accredited NAF graduates. 

The Career Academy programme was built upon the National Academy Foundation’s model and has a close relationship with the organisation. JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation, sits on the National Advisory Board of Career Academies UK. 

She spoke to Sam after his speech: “It means so much to NAF’s educators and business partners to know that their work has worldwide influence, and it is so helpful for us to step back and realise that the issues that we are enmeshed in day-to-day are more than ours alone.”

Sam described the experience as “an incredible opportunity to understand more about the parent model of Career Academies UK – and to learn about the work they are doing to develop this concept even further; helping improve students’ lives on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Not only was this a fantastic networking and learning opportunity for both Sam and Hayley but it also allowed them to explore the sights, monuments and museums of Washington.  

The grand finale of the trip was a fabulous ball, featuring all of the conference delegates to celebrate some notable achievements and the work of the conference as a whole. Finishing off the night with dancing brought to a close an incredibly enriching learning experience and hopefully a fruitful future relationship.

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