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20 February 2015
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Click here to listen to this article Aims of Pilot Programme


The aims of the three day pilot and the overall aims of the whole project could be really summed up in four points. The first one was to encourage better communication skills and group-work skills – i.e. teambuilding within our young people. Secondly to give them a knowledge and understanding of their local economy and the way it’s changing. It’s no longer the economy that their mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandfathers grew up and worked in. Another important aim was to increase their self-esteem and self awareness, their confidence their aspirations and fourthly, to give them a more in-depth knowledge of future employment trends.

We tried to base it on a number of key skills that we wanted our pupils to experience maybe for the first time, but if it’s not for the first time, then to develop upon. They included working with others, getting a chance to work in a team, and work in a competitive environment, where they weren’t being individually assessed but group assessed, which gave them a bit more confidence that they weren’t, you know, well I’m better than that person or she’s going to be better than me. It was we’re going to win, as a group.

Another skill that we hoped to improve and develop on was Communication. And we broke that down into oral. Pupils, of course they get a chance to speak but they don’t often get a chance to speak to an audience. It’s more like to their classmates or to teachers individually. Secondly in their written communication, how they present their work, not even in handwriting, but including IT. And thirdly, listening, improving their communications skills with regard to listening to what people are telling them to do in order to be able to do it properly.

Another skill that we felt that was very important to focus on was self awareness – for young people to be able to not only recognise what they can’t do, but also what they are good at – so their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Followed by decision making, where we didn’t give them the answers, they had to decide well how are we going to go about getting these answers and in with that went problem-solving. We gave them various situations and they had to come up with their solution on how to overcome the specific problem. Observation skills in making sure that what they saw they used and they had to observe in order to answer a series of tasks.

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