Celebrating out-of-school success... Austin Baker, our Clip n Climb hero

Tue, 11 Apr 2017

Whilst we love to see our students achieving well in school, it is also great to hear about their successes outside of school. One of the aims of our mission, Everyone Achieves, is for all students to develop a “can do” attitude that will prepare them for adult life and employment. Well, Austin Baker (Y12) is already out there in the world of work, gaining valuable experience at Clip ‘n Climb, Nottingham.

We are pleased to share some lovely feedback that Austin recently received from a Clip ‘n Climb customer. He is clearly developing skills which make him a valuable employee.

Austin has been working at Clip ‘n Climb since it opened in late 2016:

“I do enjoy it – the job is fun and rewarding. It suits me as it requires me to be on my feet all day, keeping me fit and active. It’s given me the experience of working around children and people in general, helping my social skills to develop further and teaching me how to deal with different situations.

In the future, I want to work in the sports profession and to help younger athletes as much as I can, whether that’s pushing me into teaching or some sort of coaching. This ties in with work as every time a new, fresh group of people come into the Clip ‘n Climb arena, we have to monitor their movements and behaviour to ensure they stay safe, get what they want from the climbing experience and have fun!”

Austin is currently studying BTEC Sport with The Bulwell Academy Sixth Form. Our sixth form also offers enrichment activities to develop and prepare students for when they leave the Academy: Austin has been involved with the Click Silver project (helping older members of the Bulwell community to use technology) and has also trained as a literacy mentor.

Well done, Austin, for going the extra mile, and good luck for the future!

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