Countywide pop-up provision – focusing on North Cornwall and Camborne/Redruth or St Austell
An employability programme tailored towards those furthest from the labour market. The project will be delivered (with flexibility) within a traditional 6-week model, however, engage specifically with young people who face significant barriers to finding employment. The course is planned to support body and mind, combining both the development of employability skills and improved health and well-being.
Employability elements will be developed by teaching key skills such as team building, interpersonal skills, CV writing and money management. The health and wellbeing element of the programme combines 2 hours of physical health activity and 2-4 hours of mental health support. The course will further facilitate an extension offer of drop-in sessions made available to participants for 6 weeks after the formal conclusion of the programme. This allows us to support transition into education, employment, or training, as well as further improving the chances of significant behaviour change.
Argyle Community Trust deliver an in-school sport and mentoring programme, supporting young people on the verge of academic disengagement, exclusion or becoming NEET. Inclusive coaching will be facilitated by Argyle, including fun and engaging drills and skill sessions that support the development of teamwork, communication, leadership, and resilience. Sessions will also focus on health benefits, fitness, and discipline. Practical coaching will be fun, yet structured, supporting school pupils’ wider development. PAFC coaches are experienced in delivering targeted sport sessions and can differentiate the ‘style’ of their session to meet the needs and challenges of the young person. Elements of the session will allow ownership and decision-making, supporting an increased feeling of responsibility amongst the participants. Overall, this practical experience will be facilitated to allow participants the chance to have fun, keep fit and learn new skills through the power of football.
Each practical session will be concluded with learning workshops or mentoring sessions that further allows for the rapport-building process between staff and participant to be enhanced. Each week will see a different theme being discussed, all of which linking to wider positive behaviour change and school retention/transition. Discussion topics covering issues such as respect, personal goal setting, mindfulness and managing emotions will be delivered in an interactive, non ‘school-like’ way to ensure that key massages of change are being reinforced. Monthly, an additional key-note speaker, covering a topic relevant to the needs of participants will be included within the workshop delivery model. This will ensure that hard-hitting messaging is delivered by someone will real-life context, who can discuss prominent topics with young people.
Lastly, each mentoring/workshop session will include the subtle delivery of work-readiness skills including presentation skills/public speaking, active listening, basic ICT skills. This will ensure that a wider benefit to young people engaging in our project will be their improved employability skills that may support them in retaining their place with education, or supporting a move into traineeships, apprenticeships, or work. This in turn supports a longer-term chance of positive behaviour change.