Project Challenge starts the life long learning process by lifting the barriers to learning. It is an intensive training programme with almost personal one to one coaching which combines classroom learning with tough physical challenges. It aims to deliver an effective youth programme to meet the needs of disaffected young people by the use of 6 month basic skills training programme.
The current training schedule consists of two programmes of six months each with participants working in small teams of between 8-10 young people. This provides a high staff: participant ratio ensuring individual attention.
It includes a programme of training to national standards in:
Emergency First Aid (Rescue and Emergency Care)
Health and Safety Executive 81/90 First Aid at work
Advanced First Aid
British Alpine Ski Awards
Basic Skills Modules at Level 1 in the following:
?Working with Others?
?Using a Computer?
?Personal Learning Pathway?
?Problem Solving Skills?
?Communication ? Writing?
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
Outdoor residential activity is interspersed with the above.
At the end is a three-week expedition to a wilderness area in Europe. A place on this expedition has to be earned and is the ultimate test of confidence and teamwork were each team member is reliant on each other and must have the confidence in their own and each others ability. There also needs to be a feeling of looking out for each and a need to succeed.
Training delivery is the responsibility of the Operations Team and qualified specialists as required help them.
Reviewing and feedback are an essential part of the learning process and to be effective require structure and a clear understanding of the process and the need for it to take place at the appropriate time as well as being a tool kit of ideas and activities. The real learning however is about changing attitude, behaviour and social involvement - a physical and mental journey to a better future.