FIRST PLACE TRAINING, BEDFORD
After the success of the diverse Induction Programme last year, it was decided to put on a six day Induction Programme over two weeks at the start of September, 2016 in Bedford.
New and potential learners were given the opportunity to meet each other, meet staff and participate in various activities both in and outside of the Centre.
WEEK 1 – INDUCTION
Code Of Conduct & Classroom Behaviours
English & Maths are Fun
Team Building activities
Fitness Day out at the Park
On the first day we introduced the Code of Conduct and expectations of staff and learners. This year we also ran a short interactive session on personal hygiene. In the afternoon Judith ran ‘English is Fun’ which included some videos and study of the English language and the importance of communication. After lunch we set off with David Fisher (Personal and Fitness Trainer) to the local Park for some team building activities. It was a nice hot day so shoes came off to bounce on the fresh grass whilst trying to cross an imaginary river.
Day two was opened by Beds Police who gave a talk and guidance on safeguarding when imagery is involved. It was well received by our learners.
Day three was led by Ryan Gray from Up Rising (Student Voice) helping our learners to vote for their student rep and explaining the significance of it. In the afternoon Janet ran ‘Maths is Fun’ with very practical based tasks around the Centre.
WEEK 2 – INDUCTION
Jobs Hub – Go to Jobs
Outdoors activities – Rounders in the Park
Local MP Richard Fuller visit –
Fun team building activities
We started the second week at the local Job Hub where learners were shown how to job search successfully and do a SWOT analysis.
On the penultimate day we started with Aimee Sykes (Quality and Curriculum Manager) delivering a session on Parliament. This was then followed by a visit from Richard Fuller, our local MP, as the guest speaker. He ‘got down’ with our learners in an informal and humourous discussion, which both appeared to inspire them and ignite recognition of what an MP does and how Parliament works. He was happy to answer questions such as “how much do you earn”, “what do you think about Donald Trump” and “do you have any pets”? But more importantly, he explained the new scheme he is promoting in Bedford on a ‘Youth Enterprise’ course, inviting us to these sessions and the Houses of Parliament. Mr Fuller’s engagement and discussions had a profound effect on our learners and it was wonderful to see them react so positively to his visit. We will certainly be planning a trip to Parliament in the near future.
The last day of induction was closed by an inspiration and motivational speaker, Mark Clarke. Mark held learners and staff spellbound with his rallying encouragement ‘to drive yourself forward’ and ‘to never give up’. Mark is the CEO of ‘The Walk to Freedom Limited’, a successful community based organisation committed to addressing the issues surrounding drug and alcohol dependency. Mark drew on his own experience of combatting drug addiction, incarceration and homelessness to encourage the leaners ‘to be the best’. This session was so successful that we will arrange a subsequent workshop to be facilitated by Mark’s colleague who also has a great passion to see young people tap into their true potential.
We recognise the importance of Induction being diverse, interesting and informative to hopefully gain the commitment of our new learners. Well done to all staff for working hard and making our Induction Programme a huge success once again.
“I felt comfortable and I also felt like I could ask anything and I got useful answers.”
“I thought the MP was really chilled and did not act too professional so we didn’t feel too intimidated”
“It was very interactive and lot of interesting stuff and got to learn other stuff”
“Mark Clarke was really energetic”