The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life.
The Work Readiness Programme, a collaboration between The Outward Bound Trust and the Berkeley Foundation, aims to equip young people with the skills to support their successful entry into employment.
The programme uses three or five day trips to The Outward Bound Trust's Aberdovey and Ullswater centres to build young people's understanding of the skills and attributes required for employment, including resilience, confidence, communication skills and the ability to work in a team. In 2016/17, 105 14-17 year olds from seven schools across London, Kent and Berkshire took part. Activities included overnight treks, sailing and rock climbing.
Alongside the Outward Bound trips, each school has worked closely with staff from the Berkeley Group to design a programme of wrap-around careers support for the participants, including workshops, career talks, site visits and work experience.
An Outward Bound Trust - led evaluation of this support shows that 78% pupils felt that the sessions had increased their understanding of why it was important to do well at school, while more than 90% felt they had an improved understanding of expectations of behaviour in the workplace.
Photos courtesy of The Outward Bound Trust.