Employability Skills – ‘Aiming Higher’ – Children in Care

THE BRIEF

 Working with three Local Authorities (Cheshire East, Tameside and Trafford) and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to ‘narrow the attainment gap’ between Children in Care (CIC) and other young people.

Our activity supports arrangements for making a smooth transition from care to adulthood; by further developing personal skills, attributes and employability skills to support young people into further learning and work.

The aim is to raise young people’s aspirations, placing them in a position to experience success and progression. We also aim to build the capacity of Local Authority CIC staff to work with CIC on their career journey.

FORMAT

 TV, Radio, written, online, photographic

APPROACH

 Young people take ownership and decide and develop their ‘theme’ for the year. The three chosen themes were;

  • Cheshire East: Awareness raising of Homelessness in Cheshire East
  • Trafford: Awareness raising of the roles and responsibilities of Care stakeholders
  • Tameside: The issue of bullying

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY

  • – Production of five radio programmes on Homelessness in Cheshire East
  • – Production of a promotional film on the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games
  • – A workshop and interview with broadcaster and national anti bullying campaigner – Claire Nasir
  • – A one day interactive workshop on ‘aiming higher’ by BBC/ITV’s Jez Edwards
  • – A script writing workshop and opportunity to write an episode for new TV Drama Series
  • – Work experience for members of the cohort with both TRA at the Rugby League World Cup and wider organisatons such as Ambulance Service Support

IMPACT

External evaluators stated that:

  • – All of the thirty Children in Care have increased awareness of progression pathways and have a career plan
  • – All of the young people reflected on the media programme and related how this has increased their confidence and self esteem and are able to draw on this to make a difference
  • – A minimum of 2 network partners in each Authority have embedded elements of good practice into their organisation.

QUOTE

“Participating with Reporters Academy has been nothing short of amazing for Nick. The opportunities care and attention you have provided for him have been instrumental in his personal development. Nick’s self esteem and self awareness have definitely increased along with his understanding of challenges faced and overcome by others, all of which have helped him in his management of emotions and his ability to communicate.” – Carer