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Keystone School Work Clubs

Providing student led support with positive outcomes

Keystone School Work Clubs


With youth unemployment in the UK rising at a greater rate than in any of the worlds other top economies, school leavers face their biggest challenge in a generation. It is an incredibly difficult time to enter the jobs market. Keystone School Work Clubs offer a proven model of successfully supporting and equipping students identified as having the potential to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), providing intensive support to make the transition to apprenticeships, further education or employment with training. We currently work with Year 10s and Year 11s to provide student led tailored support with the aim of increasing the number of school leavers who progress to positive outcomes. In 2012 with funding from Suffolk County Council we piloted School Work Clubs in eight schools working with young people at real risk of becoming NEET. 90% of our students took up an offer of a College or Sixth Form place, an Apprenticeship or full-time work with training. This year we are building on that success and would love the opportunity to work with young people in your school to support them to build a positive future. Please do get in touch to discuss how we can work with you. Dr Neil Stott Chief Executive, Keystone Development Trust April 2013 In addition to 90% of 2012 Work Club students progressing to a College or Sixth Form place, an Apprenticeship or full-time work with training: 93% of students would recommend the clubs to others; 98% of students found sessions useful or very useful; 80% of students felt the club leader helped develop their ideas for the future a great deal or a lot; Asked to describe their Work Club Leader most respondents used terms such as helpful, easy to talk to, knowledgeable and inspiring; 100% of schools participating in the programme have signed up for a second year.
Source: Student Feedback Survey completed in May 2012 by 45 students

Prospects Opportunity Support


Keystone School Work Clubs help young people at risk of becoming NEET to consider a wide range of vocational sectors, employers, courses and employment locations. We work with these students and their families to develop their skills in order to attain their aspirations.
Our delivery method is flexible and responsive to students priorities enabling us to meet their real needs and deliver a high level of participant satisfaction. Each school has an appointed School Work Club Leader who delivers one-to-one and weekly group sessions in school during term time. Local employers and other organisations contribute to work club sessions to broaden the young peoples horizons and giving them practical knowledge of the job market. A key factor in the success of the model is intensive support following exams. Out of school provision is delivered throughout the summer holidays via weekly drop-in sessions at community venues, home visits and through online and phone support.

Success Innovation Added Value


The Schools Work Club programme builds the confidence of the young people we work with by giving them the skills and support to approach job interviews, write CVs, find and apply for college, sustainable employment and apprenticeships.
As well as a standard package of delivery Keystone can provide additional services to deliver added value. Examples of services that we have provided over and above the Schools Work Club programme include accreditation in Employability 4 Life Award and Health and Safety in the Workplace, skills taster and work experience placements, enterprise initiative projects and educational trips.

Thank you for your support. The work you do is outstanding and its impossible to overstate the impact it has on the students lucky enough to receive it. Andrew Ponton, Assistant Principal, Thurston Community College

We are delighted to be leading the way in this work with Keystone to support young people at this critical stage in their lives. The early results from the School Work Clubs indicate that they really are successful in helping young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to prepare them for the workplace. Judy Terry, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Jamies Story
Jamie joined a Keystone School Work Cub in March 2012. He had no idea of what he wanted to do on leaving school or what personal strengths he had. He was a student with many behavioural problems, who was on various report cards. He didnt see the benefit of Work Club at first and thought he had been selected because he wasnt going to pass any of his GCSE grades. Jamie was inspired by a guest talk from the Armed Forces. The Work Club Leader arranged a one-to-one appointment at the careers office in Cambridgeshire. Jamie was a student who took pride in his appearance and was especially concerned about the style of his hair. After attending the career appointment with both parents and realising commitment to the Armed Forces could result in a haircut, Jamie decided that this was not the right opportunity for him. The Work Club Leader requested a one-to-one appointment with Jamie during school to find out what had happened. Looking at the positives, a discussion around a career in barbering was mentioned. Jamie had previously helped out at his Mums hair salon, but had been kicked out due to behaviour. Jamie took pride in his hair, but did not like the idea of studying hairdressing. Jamie left school without applying for any College courses or Apprenticeship vacancies. A concerned School Work Leader contacted Jamie over the summer after finding a work-based barbering programme at college. Jamie came to meet the School Work Leader for three weeks across the summer, working on a college application form and finding a full time barbering job which was a requisite for the course. Jamie managed to gain an interview at college. He was very proud of himself and was even more determined to find a job in order to start the programme. After one week, Jamie had visited 30 salons and handed out a CV & Cover letter to each one. The following Friday morning, Jamie was invited to a job interview. He made a surprise visit to the Work Club Leader, based in the Job Centre Plus, to explain the exciting news. Jamie had been offered a full time job and started college the next week. During the summer, Jamie spoke to the Work Club Leader about the reasons behind his unruly behaviour in school. A hip operation in Year 9 resulted in Jamie missing over a year of his schooling. Before having time off, Jamie considered himself to be academic and had won awards during Middle School. Jamie felt very few measures were put in place to help him catch up with his peers. On returning, he was so far behind that he easily became bored and distracted in subjects. Jamie is still continuing the first year of his work based learning programme and is very grateful for all the support he received.

About Keystone Development Trust Keystones aim is to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people who live, study, volunteer and work in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire through sustainable, community led regeneration. Keystone is a community regeneration charity with a track record of successfully delivering good quality social action projects by generating income from its own not for private profit social enterprises as well as public and other funds. Keystones current portfolio of projects includes School Work Clubs, Adult Work Clubs, an infrastructure project to support the local voluntary sector, a youth aspirations project, a bike-recycling social enterprise, an information and advice service for migrant Europeans, a caf and catering social enterprise and property management of workspaces and community facilities.

The Limes, 32 Bridge Street, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 3AG Email: neil.stott@keystonetrust.org.uk Tel: 01842 757 359 www.keystonetrust.org.uk

The Keystone Approach to School Work Clubs has been developed and delivered with funding from:

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