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Candi students achieve new bursary for Islington’s young people

25 October 2012

Islington Council is launching a new bursary to help more teenagers in the borough stay in further education or training following an approach by students from City and Islington College’s Sixth Form College.

Islington council will 'top up' the current financial support offered by the Education Funding Agency to students aged 16-19, who might otherwise have to drop out of education. This follows the Government cutting the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), which supported many of the borough’s young people.

The Council was approached to develop the scheme by Sixth Form students working alongside Shoreditch Citizens, who offered training in community leadership, and helped develop the students’ proposal. Students worked with the council to bring to life the scheme and help support students who otherwise would struggle to continue in education. The scheme will enable Islington students to claim up to £300 per year to help pay for a range of equipment and activities needed to complete their studies.

Islington Council's executive member for children and families, Cllr Richard Watts, said: "While the Government is cutting the EMA that enables poorer students to do this, Islington Council has been working closely with local students to find a way to help.  I've been impressed by the commitment of the students I've worked with on this.  Jointly we've been able to develop this bursary scheme that will make a real difference to the job opportunities available to young Islington people once they enter the world of work."

Dan Firth, Lead Organiser for Shoreditch Citizens, said: "This bursary scheme will make a real difference to the future job prospects of many young people from Islington. The young leaders, Hannah, Kehinde and Josh to name a few,  who led this campaign are a fantastic example of the difference that young people can make in their community if they are actively engaged in politics and democracy and taught how to make change happen."