Street League are playing its part in developing essential Skills for a Resilient Youth

Today, education and training providers across the nation celebrate World Youth Skills Day, recognising the importance of equipping young people with the vital skills for employment, training and education.  Street League recognises that partnership working is key to ensuring that young people have access to high quality education and training. Last year we supported 610 young people into employment.

In partnership with Nacro, Street League’s teams in England are able to deliver personalised Study Programmes to equip young people with the skills they need to move into employment, further education and training.   Our programmes provide young people with access to high quality work experience in a sector aligned to their career aspirations as well as qualifications in English and maths alongside employability and personal and social skills development.

Celebrating the partnership Lisa Capper, Principal and Director of Education and Skills at Nacro said: 

Nacro are proud to be working in partnership with Street League, an organisation that shares our mission and values to ensure disadvantaged young people get the leg up in life they deserve through excellent education and training opportunities. Since establishing our relationship we have seen Street League go from strength to strength, delivering quality programmes and progressing young people’s careers. We look forward to working together with them this coming year.

Young people could be central to recovery after coronavirus

Before coronavirus, young people were three times as likely as adults (25 years+) to be unemployed. Currently, more than 1 in 6 young people are out of work due to coronavirus.  Support from our partners has enabled Street League to develop an online programme Head - Body - Future, to deliver accredited qualifications with City & Guilds and OCN London, and to continue to provide a safe environment for young people to learn for life and work. Now more than ever, young people need to develop their skills so that they can effectively contribute to the recovery effort of coronavirus, be resilient, and confident. Street League’s programmes ensure young people can successfully navigate their way and achieve their potential.

Megan, a young person from Birmingham reflected:

"Taking part in the dance and fitness sessions has not only allowed me to maintain my fitness while being at home but it has had such a positive impact on my mental health. Each session has been extremely motivating and the variation of activities has made it really enjoyable, giving me something to look forward to each day.

Alongside this, the focus on employability has been really helpful. In particular, as someone who struggles with interviews, having a group call regarding interview skills and then being able to put this into practice with mock interviews was very beneficial. It was also nice to be able to get feedback on individual questions as well as my interview performance as a whole. Anna has also given me the resources and motivation to sign up for an online course in Understanding Autism which will give me something to work towards and make a great addition to my CV!” Megan, Street League Birmingham

Building young people's skills

To mark World Youth Skills Day at Street League, 30 members of our team attended an innovative training session with Skills Builder, the partnership brings together educators, employers and organisations around the Universal Framework for building essential skills for success.  The Framework breaks down each of the eight essential skills into fifteen tangible, teachable and measurable steps. Since April 2019, Street League has been incorporating the Skills Builder Framework into our curriculum.

The training was a great opportunity to standardise and share best practice across our teams, as we focus on the development of the employability and personal development skills in the young people we work with.  Essential skills are highly transferrable, and include listening, problem solving and teamwork.  Skills Builder have developed the Universal Framework and comprehensive evaluation model to be used by education providers, employers and organisations to equip them with the foundation for developing new technical and job-specific skills. 

The universal framework defines the essential skills as; listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.  Developing these skills, coupled with improvement of health and wellbeing, Street League will equip young people with the skills and confidence to be resilient in an ever-changing economic environment.

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