IMPACT is a project for young people aged 14-16 for whom mainstream education does not provide a suitable environment to motivate their learning. The group will include some young people who have presented extreme challenges to schools.
The groups of young people targeted are those who:
- Have a pattern of disrupted education often as a result of truancy or anti-social behaviour .
- Have identified learning needs including emotional and behavioural difficulties.
- Are in the care of the Local Authority
- Suffer low levels of self-esteem and confidence often exhibited through an unwillingness to commit to mainstream provision.
- Would benefit from a work orientated environment.
- To reintegrate young people back into learning.
- To recover and develop self-esteem and confidence.
- To increase motivation.
- To develop employability skills.
- To enable a more informed career choice.
- To encourage young people to progress successfully onto further training, education, or employment.
- To offer achievable nationally recognized vocational qualifications.
The project offers the ASDAN qualifications which are flexible ways to accredit learner’s skills for learning, employment and life. Qualifications include AOPE (Award of Personal Effectiveness), this is a nationally recognised award and is an entry level qualification and a good stepping stone for learners to move on to further qualifications. The level 2 COPE award is a qualification which is the equivalent of a grade B at G.C.S.E. level, Learners are encouraged to complete a number of issue based qualifications. These include a 12 week N.C.F.E Level 1 Drug and Alcohol Awareness course, which involves the learners gaining knowledge about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, the effects they have on themselves, families, and the community.
The ‘Stay Safe’ course encourages learners to discuss and research issues relating to gun and knife crime and the dangers that they bring to people and communities. As part of this learners attend Sefton Magistrate’s courts and have visits to the centre from a Magistrate and Youth Offending case worker to talk with the learners. These courses are designed to help give learners the correct information and knowledge to make an informative choice surrounding these issues.
Learners are also offered the opportunity to gain The Junior Leaders Award and the Sports Leader Award Level 1 which includes the planning and delivering of coaching sessions to year 6 pupils from a local primary school. These accreditations are offered in partnership with Active Soccer to encourage young people to pursue careers in sports.
We also offer environmental projects which have in the past have seen the learners design, create and manage a vegetable patch in the back garden of the centre. Learners have been encouraged to take ownership of the patch, and maintain it. This piece of work has been a success and will hopefully be an ongoing project for future groups attending the centre.
These awards are attainable, suitable and a great achievement for learners considering the barriers to learning that many of them have faced.