We can offer a varied programme of outdoor activities that help young people develop skills to help them in the world of work, from improving confidence at job interviews to handling criticism from employers and developing self appraisal skills. The plan below outlines 9 half- day (3 hour) sessions. The program can also be delivered in 90 minute blocks, or you can choose which sessions would most suit your group if you’d prefer to do a course lasting a couple of days or even a half term of weekly sessions.
Session 1 Introduction to the centre / course, ice breakers and team building
Discussion on the use of ice breakers at interviews, what would employers be looking for? What skills do we need to develop?
Why is team work important, and what use does it have in the workplace? Focusing on communication skills and co-operation and providing constructive feedback to others.
Session 2 Self-discovery
How reviewing and reflecting on your current skills allows you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, using archery and bush craft to link this to skill acquisition.
Session 3 Action planning
How strong organisational skills simplify tasks and maximise efficiency. Planning for activities within the session and ongoing development aims. Delivered through Crate Stack challenge.
Session 4 Problem solving
How to approach challenges for maximum success, taking on board individual challenges and challenges to the team through raft building.
Session 5 Dealing with stress
Learn about how working in your stretch zone can develop your self- confidence and allow you to learn more about yourself. Students will complete high ropes challenges on our Aerial Trek and Powerfan.
Session 6 Communication
Working in pairs within a larger group to improve communication skills whilst tackling the challenge of learning to paddle canoes. Transferring those communication skills to the climbing wall.
Session 7 Handling criticism and Positive Framing
How to cope when things don’t go your way, turning negatives into positives, maintaining a professional manner and using determination to progress beyond the negative through the challenging art of fire lighting and learning bush craft skills.
Session on how to talk in a positive way and use reinforcing language to help boost self esteem.
Session 8 Trust and support
Looking at why trust and support are important factors in any workplace, and how these are essential for productivity and success, through trust exercises. Taking that new found trust and mutual support and putting it to the test on our Jacob’s ladder.
Session 9 Self-confidence and presentation skills
Students will deliver and review presentations about what they have achieved over the previous 8 weeks.