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Education Fund

For most young people growing up in Dorset has many advantages, but there are clear signs that too many young people in our county face significant obstacles to overcome before they can fulfil their potential in life.

After all, local young people are the future workforce for Dorset.

Education Fund

The Education Fund has been set up to help ensure all young people have equal opportunities to reach their full potential and can access education and training.

The Education theme of the Dorset Fund consists of two elements – the DCF Bursary Scheme and the Raising Aspirations Mentoring Programme.

DCF Bursary Scheme

The DCF Bursary Scheme supports, through bursaries of up to £1,000, young people aged between 16-21 in vocational training and education.

We focus on helping those with disabilities, caring responsibilities for other members of their family, those who live on a family income of less than £21,000, in receipt of income support, care leavers or cared-for young people.

To find out more about applying for a DCF bursary click here, or alternatively visit the Superior STEM Fund page.

Raising Aspirations Mentoring Programme

One outcome of the 2014 funding round of the DCF Bursary Scheme demonstrated that some young people require more than financial assistance. Our in school mentoring programme aims to help young people aged between 14 and 16 by improving:

  • communication skills
  •  self-esteem and confidence
  •  raising career/ further educational aspirations preventing young people from becoming NEETS ( not in education, employment or training)

We have chosen to start the in school mentoring programme in a school in Weymouth because there are nine areas in the borough of Weymouth and Portland that fall within the 20% most deprived nationally (there are thirteen areas in Dorset that fall into that category).

This combined with other factors such as poor transport links and seasonal tourism trade means there is a higher than average percentage of young people not in education or training.

We are working in partnership with Wey Valley School and Dorset Youth Association to deliver this project and hope to be able to replicate it in other schools in disadvantaged areas across Dorset.

Part of the Raising Aspirations Mentoring Programme is funded by a grant from  The Goldsmiths’ Company the Foundation received in 2015.

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