BOOST Life Skills will better prepare our course attendees for the future by providing a series of personal growth and development training/tuition opportunities. These courses and modules will include soft skills, life skills, approaches to assessment centres and interviews, mentoring and coaching. BOOST Life Skills will focus on young adults at school or college and those already in the workplace who are seeking to fulfil their potential across:
- Social interaction
- Interview preparation
- Entrance exams, GCSE’s and A Levels
- Work experience/placement
- Part-time work
- 1st full-time job
- 2nd full-time job
We know from talking to Industry Placement Leaders, 6th Form Directors and Careers Leaders that there are often particular courses or segments of pupils, e.g pupil premium, who require more focus on confidence, attitude, self presentation etc , or any of the skills identified in our modules. These skills make them more employable and better prepared for apprenticeships, the work place or further education.
We also know that today’s employers seek more than just academic qualifications with more importance being placed on life and soft skills. I’ve worked at Director level in head office roles in a number of retail business for over 25 years, so really understand the requirements of a balanced set of soft and technical skills and what makes an individual employable to a recruiter or for an apprenticeship.
The courses and carousels are innovative, informative, interesting and made relevant to students of all ages; there’s lots of open debate, several pieces of group work, many short videos and the students each receive a high quality workbook that they use in the session and keep for future reference, having written their own action plan. They also each receive a “BOOST my Skills – Record of Achievement and Learning Log” for each soft skill which can either be maintained by the student individually or stored on the school’s share-point site and built upon over time. Great evidence to both parents and Ofsted.
Training can be for any segment or year group of students – whether it’s for Pupil Premium students, SEN students, or Year 8’s before they step up to Year 9, or Year 10’s to prepare them for a very important Year 11, or for Year 11’s and Sixth Form students to support them for apprenticeship / workplace / college / university interviews, the importance of focusing on and training in the soft skills is obvious.