The C.A.R. Programme for schools
Workshop training to develop Confidence, Assertiveness & Resilience
The C.A.R. programme is a series of workshops devised specifically for girls in Years 8 & 9, to help develop the crucial personal skills of Confidence, Assertiveness & Resilience. As a charity, with a background of working successfully with schools since our inception in 2013, we believe it is important to offer such an initiative at a time when the challenges before young women have never seemed so great. Equally important, this is a foundation programme to help prepare for careers progression through the Gatsby Benchmarks; through it we intend to make girls “Gatsby- ready”.
The Foundation Programme :
offers three in-school, two-hour interactive workshops during a single term followed by a half day Saturday conference,
concentrates on building Resilience and developing the skills of Confidence & Assertiveness which underpin this,
focusses on Gatsby 3, 5 & 7 – individual student needs, encounters with both the world of work & tertiary education,
Our workshops are led by professional trainers with a wealth of experience and real-life role-models from a wide range of careers and backgrounds.
We work closely with a limited number of partner schools across an academic year, with pre-agreed methods of working, reporting and evaluation. We offer this programme to participating schools free of charge.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville’s forward to the Gatsby report begins with,
“Very few people would disagree that good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.”
And yes, very few people would disagree. However, not all pupils are able to embrace good career guidance if they are not in the frame of mind to do so. The unconfident pupil whose self-esteem is low and finds it difficult to communicate effectively with others will be much less likely to reap the benefits from a careers programme such as Gatsby. And it can be argued that many pupils are not ready to undertake the Gatsby programme because of the communication difficulties holding them back, especially now when the challenges before girls have never seemed so great.
This is where the C.A.R. programme is able to help. It focusses on developing Resilience and those underpinning skills of Confidence and Assertiveness. Over three workshops and a half day conference, girls from Years 8 and 9 participate in interactive, fun and thought provoking lessons to provide them with a greater insight into how they communicate and how to develop their communication skills further. The girls will have the opportunity to work in groups and to self-evaluate their skills.
At the end of the C.A.R. programme we envisage that each girl will have grown in confidence leading to higher or more achievable career aspirations. They will better benefit from their schools’ own Gatsby driven careers initiatives.