Oxfordshire Youth has been running its Oxford Young Leaders training programme for several years. It provides young people across the county with a Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills. These ‘soft’ skills are highly sought after by employers and Blenheim has decided to give its young apprentices an opportunity to develop these skills on the programme. In addition, it is sponsoring an additional five spaces for young people from Oxfordshire.

“Blenheim are very excited to be working with Oxfordshire Youth to provide our apprentices and five sponsored places for young people who are not in education, employment or training, with this unique leadership opportunity. Not only do the apprentices gain key skills which are key to future career opportunities and personal growth, but also build their confidence and work together as a team, plus gain an accredited ILM qualification.  The apprentices will be presenting what they have learnt to our senior management team, a unique exposure opportunity and fantastic presentation experience for them, not to mention a brilliant way of show casing our wonderful apprentices and future generation of local leaders” stated Megan Carter, Head of HR at Blenheim.

A bespoke leadership programme, Oxford Young Leaders is the first of its kind to cater specifically for young people 14+ years old. Graduates feel more confident in their leadership abilities when it comes to interacting with others, forming friendships, being proactive, and carrying out leadership responsibilities. The programme is not only for the highly academic: due to its unique combination of experiential learning and accessible assessment tools, young people of all abilities and backgrounds can achieve a qualification, which gives them a real ‘edge’.

The main part of the course takes place over a 2-day, 2-night residential. Young people take part in activities such as raft building and rock climbing while undertaking leadership workshops and completing a log book of their work. After the weekend away, young people are asked to go back to their youth groups, communities, workplaces or schools and run an activity or take responsibility for something new, which they then get feedback on. Once this is complete, Oxfordshire Youth reviews their log books and applies for their qualification.

To find out more about Oxford Young Leaders and how it can benefit young people and your young workforce, join us at the Investing in our Future Leaders event at Blenheim Palace on 17th September 2019.