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 workplace. The children we support now are the future workforce.
We are not talking about a quick work experience, tick-the-box CV 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 workplace without support for the culture changes they will face.
Applied to any number of projects, ROUTES shows young people how generate, record and articulate their employability skills. They gain confidence and are able to communicate what they can do in a way that is meaningful to employers. ROUTES can be grafted onto any projects, identified by and already existing in schools, enabling students to gain experience of different, key ‘employability skills’.
The HIVE’s current Routes Project is ‘Service to Others’.
Our ‘Service to Others’ programme aims to engage young people with the whole community. The project is a positive fun-filled activity outside school which develops entrepreneurial skills and broadens awareness and empathy for the needs of others in their local community. We support the children to reach an informed understanding of what it means to be a responsible citizen. They become positive role models for others and make better choices for their future. The project is student led, supported by professionals and volunteers.
Our aims for the young people delivering ‘The Service to Others’ Programme are that they wil:
* become confident, self-assured and resilient members of society
* keep themselves safe
* make a positive contribution to society
* recognise and articulate how the skills they have acquired are transferable
* continue to focus effectively on the key areas of teamwork, communication, problem-solving, self-belief and self-management
* have a new sense of well-being
The project can be particularly effective when it targets young people who have been identified as vulnerable, or having low self-esteem and lacking confidence. Enabling them to become active change-makers in their community, building positive behaviour, nurtures their sense of well-being and develops lifelong resilience. The project aims to boost social mobility.
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