More than a third of the Capital’s population is under 25. There are an estimated 2.8 million young people living in Greater London and rising all the time.
NewVIc entered The Youth Travel Ambassadors competition with three groups of Level 2 Travel and Tourism students. All three groups successfully made their bids at TfL head office in Stratford City and won the funding bid of £250.00 from Transport for London which will be split between the three NewVIc groups and campaigns.
The campaigns will promote active travel, road safety and passenger safety on the London Transport Network. NewVIc students went up against stiff competition from several schools across London. A total of 60 young people participated in the competition.
Working with TfL, NewVIc students will use their funds to plan and run the campaigns throughout this year until July. If successful, these campaigns will be rolled out throughout the capital.
The Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) programme provides young people aged 11 to 19 with the skills and confidence to address transport issues affecting their school/college community. YTA teams research and develop campaigns to change people’s behaviour. They focus on walking and cycling, road safety and improving passengers’ experiences. Our students will be supported by TfL, Newham council and NewVIc staff. NewVIc is the only college in London that has participated in this programme this year.
The programme includes classroom workshops with a specialist TfL staff, training for students to become YTA Student Leaders and the opportunity to attend Campaign Junction and end of year exposition. All students participating in the programme have the opportunity to go for Bronze, Silver or Gold Leadership accreditation awarded by SSAT (Schools, Students and Teachers Network). This award is a great way to champion the skills developed through the programme, and will enable students to reflect on their experience as an ambassador, supporting their future careers.
“We were not nervous when we went up to present, felt quite confident and presented well. TfL loved our ideas, all three of them! We have been given the funding; each group got a split of the total amount available to be won. We’re very excited and can’t wait to be YTA ambassadors and get stuck in and get this campaign started with the support of TfL and our teachers. We will start the campaigns at NewVIc first, we will then review how that goes with TfL and then the campaign will be rolled out across London.”