A group of student ambassadors from schools across Barnsley are set be put through their paces by personnel from the local Army Reserve unit: 4 YORKS, as part of a borough wide initiative aimed at helping to equip youngsters with the skills needed to build a successful career in their chosen vocations.
The special event which takes place on Monday 20th February at The Dearne Advanced Learning Centre will see students from The Dearne ALC, Outwood Academy Shafton, Outwood Academy Carlton, Holy Trinity and Horizon Community College take part in a series of tasks and challenges which have been devised by the Army Reserve in conjunction with Made in Barnsley; a long term initiative facilitated by Barnsley Healthcare Federation to provide year 9 pupils with the opportunity to learn skills and techniques from local businesses to build their future careers.
All 60 students attending the event have been chosen as ambassadors to represent Made in Barnsley, who will later be given the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge to future pupils enrolled onto the programme.
The event brings together all 60 student ambassadors who will work as teams throughout the day to expand and build on the Made in Barnsley programme’s 18 core skills including the importance of teamwork, interaction and communication which can be applied to their future job roles.
The series of tasks facing the ambassadors include a casualty evacuation exercise aptly named ‘Saving Pte Ryan’, ‘Minefield’, a confidence and co-operation exercise, a survival exercise ‘Thrive to survive’ and written and verbal communication tasks as well as a chance to fire paintball and airsoft weapons and tackle an assault course.
Kelly Drury, Training and Professional Development Manager at Barnsley Healthcare Federation, said:
“The Made in Barnsley programme is designed to showcase the variety of job opportunities available in the borough to young people when they leave school, as well as equipping year 9 students with essential key skills and techniques they can take into employment and use to build their future career in any sector.
“After completing the Made in Barnsley programme, student ambassadors will have benefited from first-hand experience within a working environment and a new set of skills which will help to support their future aspirations and job roles in whichever sector they choose to work.
“The aim of the student ambassador day is to further enhance their skills whilst allowing them all to meet and interact with each other. A series of challenges and exercises have been put together by the team at the 4 YORKS which encourages our ambassadors to work, communicate and co-operate together as well as building their confidence.”
Captain Hanks, Burma Coy 4 Yorks, Army Reserve, said:
“The challenges and exercises the student ambassadors will be put through on the day target the specific skills set out in the Made in Barnsley programme; communication, co-operation, confidence and teamwork. Whilst these skills can be applied to a working life, they are also essential skills the young student ambassadors can apply to their everyday lives.”