IF you are a former student of Painsley Catholic College who would like to support current students, the college would love to hear from you.
The college in Station Road, Cheadle, is one of more than 500 state schools across Britain which have registered with the charity Future First to set up networks of former students or alumni.
Future First's vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps it to do more for its students.
More than 50,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school.
They are inspiring young people in a number of ways; as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fund-raisers.
It does not matter when you left school, whether you are in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help.
Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director of Future First said: "More than 39 per cent of state school students don't know anyone in a job they'd like to do. If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it's possible for them too. It's really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing first hand from relatable people in interesting jobs can make a huge difference."
Rachel Waugh, Vice-principal at Painsley Catholic College, added: "We signed up to Future First's scheme straightaway.
"A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current pupils' jobs horizons and equip them for the world of work.
"We would be delighted to hear from as many past students, through the Future First scheme, to enable us to build a vibrant and creative alumni."
Ms Waugh is waiting to hear from former students on email@example.com
Former students can also sign up to Future First's alumni scheme by clicking on the "Former Students" link on the website www.futurefirst.org.uk
Teachers wishing to sign up another school to Future First should click the "Schools and Colleges staff" link. For further information about Future First, log onto www.futurefirst.org.uk
Alternatively contact our Press and Publicity Officer Sue Crabtree on firstname.lastname@example.org, Programme Director, Megan Clatworthy on email@example.com or call 0207 239 8933.