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Workshops


Morning and Afternoon Workshops Series

The programme has been designed to include a series of workshops.

Each workshop will run in the morning and again in the afternoon, to give you the opportunity to attend the two workshops you think will be most useful to you.

Workshops

Facilitated by

WS1:   Supported paid work - a step into the real world

FC United run a summer youth project which offer school leavers and NEET young people a combination of training, mentoring and paid work experience.  The work involved assisting FC United coaches to deliver sports-based play schemes for young children.  The young people were trained as Sport Leaders and Football Coaches and also obtained a qualification the club designed themselves called 'Personal Development through Sports Coaching' which linked their experience to their aspirations and plans for the future.

The workshop will explore

  • The needs of the young people we worked with
  • How we designed the training course that complemented the work placement
  • Why having paid employment was crucial
  • What the outcomes were

This interactive workshop will include discussion points and tasks so that delegates have a chance to apply these ideas to their own context.

Delegates will be able to consider;

  • whether their organisation or one that they could partner with, could deliver this type of programme
  • what sort of paid employment this could include
  • how the experience will improve the position of participants in the labour market
  • what sort of ‘off-the-shelf’ training could be offered to participants
  • how they might go about designing their own training courses to complement others that are available.

Robin Pye


Community & Education Manager
& Young Ambassador

FC United of Manchester
(Football Foundation Community Club of the Year 2011-12)

    

WS2:  Using icould.com to help generate ideas, information and inspiration for NEET young People

With unemployment figures for young people higher than ever before and greater competition for all jobs, it’s more important than ever that we give our young people personalised advice, ideas and inspiration for their future education, training or employment needs. The workshop session, led by Director of icould, David Arnold, will provide delegates with some simple and practical ideas to help NEET young people by using icould.com. The icould site contains hundreds of career videos from real people from all walks of life, plus articles and quizzes which can be used as a starting point for further discussion. Life decision points, following a passion or a favourite subject, will be some of the real life examples that will be brought out in the icould workshop session.

Dave Arnold


Director
icould



WS3: What can you do to contribute to securing full participation in your area?

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore what action they can take in the short, medium and long term in relation to the above and consider the key role they play within the broader participation picture.

 

Graeme Ferguson


Senior School Improvement Officer, Learning and Inclusion Department, Children and Young People Directorate, Derby City Council

Diana Choulerton
RPA Lead, School Improvement Service,
London Borough of Ealing

WS4:  Developing Mental Toughness in Young People for the 21st Century

Mental Toughness (as measured by the mental toughness questionnaire MTQ48) has emerged as a significant factor in the development of young people. Over the past three years research and case studies have emerged which show that mental toughness is strongly correlated with Performance, Well-Being, Positive Behaviours, Aspirations, Completion/Drop-out (retention) and Employability.

Mental toughness can be effectively defined as The quality which determines in large part how individuals respond to stress, pressure and to challenge ... irrespective of prevailing circumstances.

This one-hour workshop will provide you with an overview of the measure that can be used as a diagnostic, an intervention and an effective way of measuring impact. It is increasingly being used within Schools, Connexions and Local Authorities embedded into programmes targeting young people at risk of becoming NEET.

To complement the feedback reports provided by MTQ48, AQR can help you direct the appropriate intervention to your young person. Intervention topics include

  • Positive Thinking
  • Visualisation
  • Anxiety Control
  • Attentional Control (maintaining concentration and focus)
  • Goal Setting, Bio-Feedback

The session will:

  • introduce you to the concept of Mental Toughness and the MTQ48 measure
  • look at application - how it could fit into your work
  • techniques to enhance your intervention toolkit

The workshop will be participative and interactive with opportunity to practise intervention techniques.

Everyone attending this session will be given the opportunity to complete the MTQ48 measure and receive a full set of feedback reports after the event.

Bethan Greenall


Occupational Psychologist,
AQR