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GET WORK READY

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Working with young people, who are excluded or self-excluded from mainstream school and those who struggle with social, emotional and mental health needs

For someone who may like the difference and the challenge; it is a morning where we work with small groups and play games, discuss careers and workplaces needs and expectations. Activities generally last between 20 and 30 minutes. The students will often be struggling with some form of trauma, possibly un-diagnosed as yet, learning and behavioural struggles and find school life tricky at times, along with self-regulation.
All students benefit hugely from meeting people who genuinely care about our young people, their self-worth, self-belief and those wishing to allow them to recognise their strengths.
You will leave with the broadest smile on your face!

DateWeekdaySchool or Educational SettingYear Group/s
20 th October 2022ThursdayBrandles School, Baldock, HertsYears 7-9
4 th November 2022FridayStevenage Education Support Centre, Stevenage, HertsYears 7-9
7 th November 2022MondayNorth Herts Education Support Centre, Hitchin, HertsYears 10-11
18 th November 2022FridayNorth Herts Education Support Centre, Hitchin, HertsYears 7-9
24 th November 2022ThursdayAcademy Central Beds, Stotfold, BedsYears 7-11
25 th November 2022FridayStevenage Education Support Centre, Stevenage, HertsYears 10-11
25 th January 2023WednesdayRed Balloon Learner Centres, HarrowYears 7-11
6 th March 2023MondayNorth Herts Education Support Centre, Hitchin, HertsYears 10-11
10 th March 2023FridayNorth Herts Education Support Centre, Hitchin, HertsYears 7-9
17 th March 2023FridayStevenage Education Support Centre, Stevenage, HertsYears 10-11
5 th July 2023WednesdayRed Balloon Learner Centres, HarrowYears 7-11
14 th July 2023FridayStevenage Education Support Centre, Stevenage, HertsYears 7-11

GET WORK READY

Whole-day event working in a mainstream school

Young people in a mainstream school setting take part in interview and job application challenges that local, national and international employers use within their current recruitment processes. Individual and team assessments, thinking ‘out of the box’ tasks, customer service activities, practical and written exercises, and mock interviews are delivered by the business volunteers who provide real and honest feedback.
A day where energy is high, learning outcomes huge and the young people leave with a ‘toolkit’ to become more ‘work ready’, all thanks to our phenomenal volunteers.

DateWeekdaySchool or Educational SettingYear Group/s
11 th October 2023TuesdayFreman College, Buntingford, HertsYear 12
30 th March 2023ThursdayThe Priory School, Hitchin, HertsYear 11
7 th July 2023FridayStanborough School, Welwyn Garden City, HertsYear 10

ELSA THEMED DAYS

Morning only events

DISCOVER BELIEVE BECOME

Students explore careers, beginning to understand skills and qualities required by today’s employers. Qualifications required, potential salaries and progression routes through self-assessment, allows the young people to build a personal profile. They begin to see pathways for personal development and give attention to their future plans.

BOLD FOR CHANGE

The 'social enterprise' programme requires the students to work as teams and assess the needs or challenges faced by young people in developing countries or the UK. Tasked with designing and creating products that can be placed in an 'Empower Kit' for a country of their choice, they are asked to consider how WHAT they create can help to empower the young people who live, work and play in the country.

CONNECT COMMIT EMPOWER

A programme where students engage with a local charity/charities learning about the needs of their local community. The young people organise a fundraiser.

TAKE A YOUNG PERSON TO WORK

All students get a ‘glimpse’ into a day at work. Not all students are able to attend parents, friends or family workplaces. Working in teams, scenarios are 'thrown' at the students. These range from a staff disciplinary, recruitment needs, event planning, customer service and complaint handling, prioritisation, marketing and promotion. The day concludes with student presentations pitched in front of judges.

EVERY BITE COUNTS

The students become entrepreneurs engaging with a local food establishment, designing a new product that will be placed on their menu. The product will reach 'real' customers.

I AM PROUD

A fluid programme allowing your school to communicate their specific LGBTQIA+ needs. Students are invited to consider their acceptance, tolerance and perception of this emotive topic. The direction of the day could lead to a newly created school resource, staff training or simply a deeper understanding of the diverse communities in which we all live.

UNDERSTANDING BRITISH VALUES

This programme promotes discussion, debate and understanding of the 5 British Values - Democracy, Law, Tolerance, Respect and Liberty.
Students are tasked with scenarios to assess and make judgement on, explore hate crime, consider their actions towards others, undertake role play and deal with consequences, be part of a voting panel and express their freedom of speech. A pledge document ensures students will commit to promoting and conducting themselves according to the 5 British Values.

DateWeekdaySchool or Educational SettingYear Group/s
22 nd November 2022 Tuesday Knightsfield School, Welwyn Garden City, Herts TBC Year 7-13TuesdayKnightsfield School, Welwyn Garden City, HertsYear 7-13
21 st April 2023 Friday The Priory School, Hitchin, Herts EVERY BITE COUNTS Year 7FridayThe Priory School, Hitchin, HertsYear 7