The Skills Show and Landau’s preparation course has proved very useful in the past to St Basils young people and this year was no different. Five young people benefitted from an intensive week of CV preparation and Personal Development plans to gear them up for approaching colleges, universities and potential employers at the Skills Show, to give them a competitive edge.
During The Skills Show, the young people got the opportunity to have a go at “bite sized” experiences covering a wide range of skills, as well as learning more about careers and training opportunities from both exhibitors and independent careers advisors. There were also live performances, interactive demonstrations and exhibitions.
As a result of this preparation and extra support from St Basils Learning, Skills and Work (LSW) team after the event, every young person that took part in the programme and visited the skills show has re-entered employment, training or education.
Four of the young people have themselves secured jobs or training. One young woman got a temporary job in a card shop in the Bullring whilst one young man on the programme got himself a job in a Warehouse. Another young person got a placement with the young carers service and another is now on a traineeship on the RISE programme, a precursor to entering our Live and Work Apprenticeship scheme at Sandwell Hospital.
One of the young people who got a job said: “Doing the Landau programme did definitely help me. I’d applied for loads of jobs before the course and got nowhere. I felt a lot more confident after that week and I think that’s what’s helped me get the job.”
One other young man recognised himself that he needed to get his Maths GCSE so is now on a programme also delivered by Landau to achieve this.
The course is three days a week and is running for 28 weeks at our Edmonds Court Foyer project in Small Heath. It also includes English, Employability and Personal Development OCN accredited qualifications.
With young people returning to education it is important to offer some incentives to encourage young people to persevere, therefore to acknowledge those who try hard the young person voted ‘student of the month’ will receive clothing vouchers. This has been possible thanks to funding from the European Social Fund.
The feedback suggests that young people are appreciating the course.
One young person said: “This is the only thing I get up for…I need this course”.