LifeSkills Workshop

On Thursday 15th June, a number of our Year 10 and Year 12 students were given the opportunity to take part in an interactive workshop delivered by a guest speaker as part of the national LifeSkills programme.

LifeSkills, created in partnership with Barclays bank, is a curriculum-linked programme developed to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK. It provides a platform to inspire confidence and offer guidance to young people as they prepare for the world of work.

The workshops, which focussed on the development of key personal skills and how to sell them to potential employers, was delivered by Andrew ‘Bernie’ Bernard - a professional facilitator from the Transformation Trust.  

Bernie delivered a series of engaging talks which motivated students to think about their employability and to be confident of the skills they possess in all avenues of their lives. Working in groups, students were tasked with writing down a range of the personal experiences gained from hobbies, part-time jobs and even activities within school, which they then shared with the rest of the room in order for their peers to pick out skills potential employers would find valuable. 

Using the inspirational Muhammed Ali quote ‘suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’, Bernie helped encourage our students to think confidently and positively, shifting their mind-sets to celebrate their successes rather than dismiss them as they prepare for their futures.

Assistant Headteacher Beci Pindar, who organised the event, commented: ‘We were privileged to have Bernie visit Withernsea High School. He talked passionately about his life story and how the destiny of our future is in our hands. The Wheel of Strengths personal assessment work helped students identify what makes them happy and the areas they could change for the better. Our students, as always, were well-behaved, presented themselves well and were a credit to the school. Feedback from the students was extremely positive and they felt they gained valuable advice by attending the sessions.’