A group of students completing an exercise in a Skills Club workshop

In partnership with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, we are delighted to announce the launch of Skills Clubs, a new educational programme that aims to support skills development for students aged 14–18 so as to help them cultivate their understanding of social innovation, active citizenship and entrepreneurship, while at the same time facilitating their future integration into the labour market and society.

Building on our previous experience in similar educational programmes and combining ‘Core Skills’ methodology with workshops that can be delivered in schools, Skills Clubs aims to develop and enhance the key skills needed in the workplace and in wider society, which will help build a solid foundation for young people and become their roadmap towards social change and a more inclusive society.

Programme activities

Teachers participating in the Skills Clubs programme can get involved in any of the activities (as they function independently of each other) depending on their needs, time and availability.

The programme is available free of charge and includes the following strands:

Educational material

We will provide a set of educational activities which can be delivered in schools by the teachers themselves or by our trainers. Everyone who wants to use the material will be able to access it via our website.

Training seminars for teachers

In January–February 2022 we will deliver a series of ‘Core Skills’ training seminars for teachers, based on the Skills Builder tool, which provides an opportunity for participants to analyse the skills by breaking each of them down into teachable, measurable steps.

Through these seminars, teachers will find out more about the tool and develop practical knowledge of how to assess their students’ skills in the following areas:

  • Listening: How we perceive, retain and process ideas and information.
  • Speaking: How we convey information and ideas verbally.
  • Problem solving: How we find solutions to difficulties and challenges.
  • Creativity: How we use our imagination to generate new ideas.
  • Leadership: How we support, encourage and help the development of other people in order to achieve a common goal.
  • Teamwork: How we work collectively to achieve a common goal.

Registration

To take part in one of our digital teacher training sessions, complete the online form:

Register now

Successful participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Workshops for students

The programme can be delivered in schools by our trainers in the form of non-formal learning workshops or by the teachers themselves with our support.

Through the workshops, students will become familiar with the concept of social innovation, with a focus on three main pillars:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Solutions
  • Impact on the Community

Students will be divided into groups to develop an action plan, which they will continue to work on with their teacher, based on the tools provided in the manual.

Subsequently, if they wish to do so, the student groups can implement their social innovation action plan at their school or in the wider community.

At this stage, if needed, teachers can ask for additional support through mentoring so as to present the action plan they have implemented at the National Competition for Social Innovation Ideas we are organising towards the end of the school year.

Registration

To register your school to take part in the programme, complete the online form.

Register now

National Competition for Social Innovation Ideas

The final event will take place in May 2022 to present and celebrate the skills and innovative ideas students have developed as a result of the programme (full details to be announced).

Who is the programme for?

  • Secondary school students (14–18 years old)
  • Secondary school teachers
  • Policy makers and school advisors

Information

For further information about the Skills Clubs programme, including how to take part in one of the teacher training seminars and/or hold a student workshop at your school, please contact Victoria Kyriaki:

Email Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr
Telephone 210 369 2337