BGS has decided to take student and alumni engagement to another level with Graduway, a cloud-based online platform. BGS School leavers and alumni will be the first in Yorkshire to have access to this type of ground-breaking networking system.
The Bradford Grammar School branded networking site, BGS-alumni.com, encourages their alumni (Old Bradfordians) to set up or import their profiles from LinkedIn, develop professional connections with one another, mentor students or young graduates and invite others to sign up.
“We want to offer our pupils a one-stop-shop of real value,” says BGS Head of Higher Education and Careers, Sarah Flaherty, “Our careers programme has a big role to play in boosting graduate opportunity, employability and working more closely together – this is where Graduway comes in.”
“It provides a platform that will bridge the gap, empowering a valuable network for sharing expertise, knowledge and experience. The system is also recognised as a thought leader in alumni relations, so we know that we are tapping into an extremely intuitive and engaging system.”
BGS believes in involving their valuable alumni more innovatively in school activities and providing opportunities for them to support current students. This includes networking lunches, seminars, speaking at or hosting events, and increasingly practical one-to-one or small group mentoring.
BGS Headmaster, Simon Hinchliffe, said: “The affection that Old Bradfordians (OBs) feel towards their alma mater is palpable and one of our many strengths. We are deeply grateful to those OBs who support the School by donating generously to our fee assistance programme, giving talks, offering work experience, and attending careers events. Many OBs want to give something back.”
“Our alumni are at the heart of the BGS strategy for the future, helping the School to improve the employability of our students and supporting philanthropy; Graduway is helping us to undertake this valuable work.”
One of the School’s key ambitions is to increase the amount of fee assistance it offers to children from variety of backgrounds. Graduway will play a major role in engaging alumni who wish to give something back.
“Our BGS assisted places have the power to transform lives; instilling ambition and opening doors to future careers that otherwise would have remained closed. We must continue to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to flourish. Widening access to a school like ours remains at the core of our values, foundation and charitable purpose and we thank those who work with us supporting this important work for one of the iconic schools of the north.”
“Graduway allows us to engage with our alumni on a deeper level, to broaden and develop relationships. We take great pride in thanking our alumni for contributing much to the School’s development; the positive impact they have on our School and the wider community cannot be understated.”
Daniel Cohen, Graduway CEO said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Bradford Grammar School, our first partner school in Yorkshire, to power their alumni network. This is a fantastic opportunity for both their students and alumni to build a world class career network that stretches from Yorkshire across the world.”
“Our careers programme has a big role to play in boosting graduate opportunity, employability and working more closely together – this is where
Graduway comes in.
“It provides a platform that will bridge the gap, empowering a valuable network of sharing expertise, knowledge and experience. It’s also recognised as a thought leader in alumni relations so we know we’re tapping into an extremely intuitive and engaging system.”