It seems better to me for a child to have these skills and never use them, than not have them and one day need them.
Kristin Cashore, Graceling
Here at The Hive, we like to hang onto the teenagers. After we have spent time nurturing younger children through activities at Croydon Children’s University™, we support the older ones to become responsible citizens who have a range of skills that appeal to local employers.
ROUTES is our innovative Employability programme. It is about local businesses, schools and the potential employees of tomorrow all communicating with each other to make a difference to the future work place. The children we support now are the future workforce.
We are not talking about a quick work experience; tick the box, CV completed approach. Having worked academically for most of their lives, we don’t think it is fair on young people to leave school and enter the work place without support for the culture change.
ROUTES formalises projects for young people to record and articulate their employability skills, gain confidence and communicate what they can do in a way that is meaningful to employers. Individual schools identify projects which already exist within the school, where students can gain experience of different ‘employability skills’.
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