As part of Ospreys in the Community's new 5 year strategy, the education pillar has grown and developed to include both Employability and Education to ensure we are supporting a broader range of people’s journeys.
The team work with those who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET) over four main programmes using the Ospreys brand and the power of sport, to engage with learners. We try to use the skills we see in a sporting context day to day and transfer them into an employability and education remit. Those include communication, teamwork, leadership, creativity, how to motivate yourself, how to be organised and looking after your own wellbeing.
We’re able to draw upon our commercial partner’s expertise and offer our learners the opportunity to experience a wide range of industries. We’re able to take our learners on factory visits, have Q&As with a whole range of people in different roles and offer them the chance to gain on hands experience.
We work with 12-16 year olds in comprehensive schools throughout the community thanks to the funding from The National Lottery Community fund. We’ve worked with seven schools across three local authorities (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend) and engaged with over 120 students year on year.
Working with our partners at Neath and Port Talbot College, we run our traineeship for those aged 16-18 and are not in employment, education or training.
During our Summer programme we work with year 11 students who have just left school. We work closely with Careers Wales to keep them engaged during those Summers months and open up their horizons to showcase what opportunities are available to them. We’re able to deliver a blended learning programme offering the online element as well as the practical visits which has been equally successful and engaging.
Working with the Department of Work and Pensions, we help those that aren’t in employment brush up on their skills and help them explore all the opportunities available to them.
Overall, our aim is to reach more young people in the community as well as further afield and open their eyes to all the opportunities out there available to them and wider world of employment.
We have exciting new developments on the horizon, so make sure you're following us on social media for the latest updates.
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