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Achievement to be celebrated - Case Study

charlton case studyLast summer ESquared and Catalyst in Communities supported Charlton Community Action Trust in working with 120 young people across Kent and SE London taking part in the National Citizen Service.  NCS offers young people the opportunity to take part in various different team-building activities culminating in their participating in social action projects.  A very clear objective of the scheme is to help young people improve their career prospects and employability but showing future employers the skills that they have acquired and demonstrated. ESquared and Catalyst delivered Your Life is Your Business in the residential week at HM Arethusa

Some of last summer’s cohort on NCS took that one step further. Working with ESquared, a small social enterprise which promotes Enterprise and Employability with young people, the NCS group enrolled on the ABE Level 3 Award in Employability and Enterprise. 21 of the NCS cohort had achieved their award by Spring 2013

A graduation event was held at the Centre for Innovation Management and Enterprise at the University of East London in June to present certificates. The attached photograph shows Richard Poole of ABP with five of the twenty-one successful candidates.  Three of these are going to work as NCS team leaders for the 2013 programme.

Breda Leyne of ESquared says “I am really proud of this group. Not only did they deliver some really useful community projects over the summer but they carried on and completed the award in their own time.  This was a real commitment whilst embarking on their AS level studies and getting to grips with the changing demands from starting in the sixth form”

Andy Carpenter of Charlton said “CACT used ESquared to support the delivery of our NCS Programme in Summer 2012. It really supported the young people’s development during the programme and we were delighted to see that some of our graduates took up the opportunity to continue the award in employability and enterprise. The award was a great opportunity for the young people to gain further recognition for the skills they developed through their participation in NCS and complimented the programme immensely”. 

By using business planning tools to shape their social action projects, reflecting on the end user as customer and working together in teams the participants have been able to build that experience into their CVs in a way that provides real evidence to future employers.