Unlocking Potential: Exploring Inspiring Learning's Collaboration with The Talent Foundry

Exploring Inspiring Learning's Collaboration with The Talent Foundry through the Grosvenor Hall Trial Programme.

Last Summer we welcomed 9 aspiring year 12 students to Grosvenor Hall for a "high-octane team-building residential weekend".

If you're not already familiar with the work of the Talent Foundry, their aim is to increase social mobility by assisting young people from underserved backgrounds in discovering their strengths, developing valuable employment skills, and taking their first steps into the world of work. So when we were presented with the chance to coordinate a trial residential for their Bridge to Mace students, we eagerly embraced the opportunity.

The purpose of this weekend was clear, to offer these students positive reinforcement of their skills and abilities through outdoor activities, all the while integrating real-life examples they could leverage in their apprenticeship applications. Feedback from one student captured the essence of the weekend saying:

“It gave us confidence and allowed me to overcome my fears and anxiety and let me overcome the voice that holds me back.”

Throughout the weekend, the students engaged in a variety of dynamic confidence-building activities, including raft building, high ropes, and team challenges. Additionally, they had the opportunity to hear from key speakers, such as Grant Speed, Managing Director of international headhunters, Odgers Berndston.

100% of students rated the residential experience as excellent or good and they unanimously agreed that the residential increased their interest in applying for an apprenticeship. Further highlighting the pivotal role that outdoor adventure plays in cultivating skills among young people and equipping them for a brighter future.

The personal growth and impact on the students were evident in the feedback we received. Students reported that the top skills they gained from the residential were teamwork, confidence, a positive attitude and the ability to think about aiming high. Furthermore, all the students enthusiastically recommended participation to others.

“I feel like I have developed in confidence and social skills. At first, I was very hesitant and scared to speak up. I didn't feel very comfortable with everyone so I tend to turn to one person. However by the end of the residential I was able to lead group presentations and make new bonds of friendship with each individual. It was nice to feel accepted and understood by everyone and know that my weaknesses can also be my strengths.”

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Read the full article published by The Talent Foundry below.