Soft Skills

The development of soft skills provides a student with a different balance and it is arguable that they are then more able to create coping strategies when dealing with the stress and pressures of key examinations and the work environment, leading to improved well-being and mental health.

For the student, hearing it delivered by specialist training and tuition experts can ensure the learning is better received – success is more likely to follow.

Applying for a place or role

Getting any education place or job is a highly motivating and rewarding experience, especially if you have put effort into the research, preparation and delivered well in the interview process.

Clearly understanding and responding to the brief or advertised role is key to your success.  Very few candidates are the perfect match.

There can often be 100’s of applicants for a role, therefore standing out amongst the crowd is key.

Coaching and mentoring

Often spoken as part of the same activity, coaching and mentoring are in fact quite different. Coaching tends to be for a shorter period of time and follows a more structured and formal approach. Often there is a specific goal in mind for the individual being coached.

Mentoring is a longer-term process based on mutual trust and informal respect built up between the mentor and mentee

Vision

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:

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.

Online training has been widely used in 2020 to ensure learning in soft skills can continue whatever the restrictions in place.  Often delivered as shorter, more focused training on a specific subject for up to 1 hour or the duration of a lesson, the delivery is completely flexible to suit your needs and can also be accompanied with a workbook and the BOOST my skills – record of achievement and learning log.  The online training during Summer 2020 was very successful; when polled both before and after the training sessions with the question “rate your understanding of the trained skill and why it’s important in education and work places”, the results were stunning.  Before the training, 19% said “I know nothing or a little about this skill”, which dropped to 3% after the training and 37% said “I know a lot about this skill” before the training, which rose dramatically to 93% after the training!  These figures are the accumulation over the whole period and the attendees also received very helpful reference documents directly to support their growth

Richard Fawdry, Founder – BOOST Life Skills

BOOST delivered training to a super set of Y9’s via a carousel across communication, collaboration, organisation, self-motivation, problem solving and resilience. They were awesome and can now start to apply this to their co-curricular/academic activities!
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