As part of “The Edge” Employability Programme, a small group of Ashton Park sixth formers are currently supporting a project in BS3 that is working to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people.
Students are volunteering fortnightly at a social and computer drop-in café to support older people with any technical queries on mobile phones, tablets or laptops. This intergenerational project is increasing confidence and interpersonal skills for the students whilst offering attendees a safe relaxed environment with participant led learning.
Many thanks to Ozzy and his staff at Mezzaluna on West Street where the Monday afternoon sessions take place 1.15-3.15 – Thanks also to ACTA Café bar on Stanley Street where the Friday morning sessions take place 10.15-12.15.
Employability? Just what is it?
In a nutshell it’s about how employable you are. The world is ever-changing and the employment market is increasingly competitive. Being employable is no longer just about qualifications – they are important but personal skills are equally (if not more) important to employers. Employees represent the organisations they work for, so YOU and how you present yourself reflect on them. So specifically, being able to communicate with different people and use the wide range of methods is one of the key Employability skills.