Positive Ambition

Positive Ambition is Flying Futures’ employability programme that takes young people on a journey through leadership, mental health and wellbeing, employability and raising their aspirations.

The programme equips young people with the skills to succeed in gaining work and being successful in their role. In addition it teaches resilience and leadership whilst ensuring that young people aspirations are increased.

Working in some of the most deprived areas of the United Kingdom the programme can be adapted to meet the needs of individual schools or groups and the individuals themselves.

The programme consists of:

Leadership

Young people learn all about being a good leader, leadership skills, teamwork and the programme equips them to lead projects in their school or local community. At the end of this section of the programme the young people design a social action or event that they go onto lead.

Health and Wellbeing

This section of the programme concentrates on health and wellbeing and includes activities such as Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness, Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health First Aid and body image and will equip young people to improve their own mental health and be aware of others.

Enterprise and Employability

During this section there are a series of employability sessions covering CV writing, interview techniques, searching for jobs, public speaking and enterprise. The young people will also design a business or social enterprise using skills learnt throughout the course and the additional enterprise workshops contained within this part of the programme.

This will culminate in them delivering a ‘pitch’ of their ideas to a panel of local dignitaries, business people and social entrepreneurs, with each group receiving feedback on their plans

Aspiration and Careers

This section is all about aspirations. The young people will participate in a careers fair based on professionals delivering talks using a ‘through the keyhole’ approach to get young people to begin thinking about and planning the careers they might like to pursue, with careers advisors available throughout the sessions.

The programme finishes with a day trip to a local university where the young people experience aspects of independent living, talk to university staff and other students about life at university.

Feedback from some of our participants

“I really enjoyed Flying Futures as a whole however my favourite things were

  • First Aid training

  • Learning how to/about writing CVs

And finally

  • All the activities we did.

I would love to take part in another Flying Futures School course again!”

Luke, Yr 10
 
“I found the sessions about the CV writing really useful because I didn’t know what you have to include in a CV or how you should set it out.”
Sam, Yr 10
 
“I really enjoyed the First Aid session and how you made sure that everyone could be involved.  It was really useful to learn what you should do if someone hurts themself.”
Niamh, Yr 10
 
“The Positive Ambitions Programme has been really beneficial to our students.  It has covered a wide variety of topics that will help them as they progress through College and onto their next steps such as communication and teamwork skills, as well as tips for applying for jobs and writing CVs.  Persia and Emily were fantastic.  They were really enthusiastic and developed great relationships with our students and really got the best out of them.”
KH, PE Teacher
 

For further information contact Jack Barnes, Future Communities Manager jack.barnes@flyingfutures.org