A CHANCE to return to the classroom and inspire current students is open to former students of a Dudley college.

Bishop Milner Catholic College is hoping to contact former students in established careers and recent leavers in further education who can speak to current students to inspire career confidence and academic success.

Pupils past and present can join a programme run by education charity Future First which helps state schools and colleges develop 'old school tie' networks allowing them to harness the talents and experience of alumni to support the current generation.

They can volunteer at assemblies and workshops designed to motivate young people and broaden their jobs horizons so they are more likely to be able to achieve a career of their choice, regardless of their background.

David Handy, head of sixth form and college careers co-ordinator, said: “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.”

Bishop Milner Catholic College is one of a thousand state secondary schools and colleges across Britain which have worked with Future First to create an alumni community that helps it to do more for its students.

Matt Lent, chief executive officer of Future First, said: “Students cannot be what they cannot see.

“It is vital to open their eyes to opportunities beyond their own world and show them the range of jobs available.

“Alumni help schools do this by acting as relatable positive role models.

“If a student sees someone who has the same background has gone on to achieve success, they are far more likely to think they can too.”

Former students can email Mr Handy at dhandy@bmilner.dudley.sch.uk or register with Future First at futurefirst.org.uk.