The HEADSTART program is an educational support and career development program aimed at getting secondary students prepared for the tertiary education system and the entirety of their career phase by enriching them with the skills and tools to manage the demands of the present age tertiary institutions and the labour market.
The target beneficiaries are Senior Secondary One to Two students. Each class cohort is a maximum of 140 students. The senior secondary school two to three students who enroll on the program will be taken through various stages of training both theoretically and by practical demonstration on skills and personal development initiatives that will empower them to successfully finish their secondary education, prepare them for tertiary education and make them fully endowed personnel in their chosen field of study/career of interest and/or empower them to be employers of labour.
• 5-7 Trainers are assigned to each school.
- (7) interactive workshops
- 3 weeks
- Three full day Saturday sessions
- 9am – 5pm with a one hour lunch break
• Skills Workshop: Six (6) workshops are skills based:
- Session 1: Introduction to Employability Skills
- Session 2: Communication Skills Session
- Session 3: Teamwork Skills Session
- Session 4: Leadership Skills Session
- Session 5: Problem Solving Skills Session & Business Challenge
- Session 6: Commercial Awareness Session
• Career & Education Workshop: 7th Workshop
- General overview about pursuing degrees in Nigeria, US and UK and admissions process for these countries
- Mini break-out sessions organised in themes according to broad careers of interest e.g. Media, Medicine, Law, Nursing, Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Engineering, IT, Fashion etc.
- Occurs in problem solving skills workshop
- Each group will be directed to think of an innovation within their chosen fields
- Each group will be guided to agree on a particular innovation out of those submitted
- The chosen idea will be developed and presented
- All presentations will be judged by the trainers from other teams
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & SERVICES:
- Continued support is available through:
- Web space offering careers resources
- Updated Careers and higher education information guide
- SOS Careers program
- Personalised support to attain their education and career prospects
PRIMARY DUTIES OF VOLUNTEER TRAINER
- Selection of the Participants
- Coordinating the 7 skills workshops for the participants
- Coordinating the career development journey of the participants
- Writing a progress report which must be submitted to the Program Officer
- Administering the robust skills workshops and career and education workshop evaluation framework
- Managing the Applications process for external opportunities for the students
- Facilitating the Business challenge workshop
SECONDARY DUTIES OF VOLUNTEER TRAINER
- The design of the skills workshops – the selection of the techniques to achieve the goals and the steering of group processes
- Understanding the participants and the workshop content prior to planning the workshop
- Following a step‐by‐step process to clarify assumptions and focus the workshops on the specific objectives of the sessions
- Making adjustments to the workshop design—structure and learning activities—as needed for the situation
- Sharing first‐hand practical experiences with the participants to extend their learning and understanding
- Leading follow‐up and evaluation of the learning, collecting feedback on the event and tracking learning, during and after the workshop
- Providing additional examples of concepts and case studies to guide and support participants’ learning
TIME COMMITMENT OF VOLUNTEER POSITION:
- 8 HOURS A WEEK (MINIMUM)
- 10-12 HOURS A WEEK (MAXIMUM)
- SATURDAYS ONLY, REQUIRED BETWEEN 9.00AM-5.00PM (FULL DAY)
- EVERY WEEK FOR THREE-FOUR WEEKS
- PERIOD: MAY 2016, JUNE 2016, SEPTEMBER 2016, OCTOBER 2016
LOCATION(S) FOR VOLUNTEER POSITION:
The trainer will be assigned a school based on preference and proximity to the location.
WILL THE VOLUNTEER BE WORKING WITH A SPECIFIC GROUP OF PEOPLE: YES – SS1- SS3 STUDENTS
- Presentation – communicating ideas, using visual and other aids, giving feedback, listing skills
- Facilitation – managing activities, eliciting contributions and learning, creative and innovative thinker, ability to create an atmosphere of confidence among participants.
- One-to-one – coaching, counselling, mentoring, advising, assessing.
- Consultancy – investigating, advising, evaluating.
- Design – designing activities, e-literate, knowledge of group development, including the ability to sense a group’s mood and change methods or adjust the program on the spot.
- Interpersonal – building relationships, ability to handle conflict, trust in other people and their capacities, respect for the opinions of others, does not impose ideas on others, adaptable.
- Assertiveness – confidence, challenging and supporting.
- Expertise and Interest – knowledgeable, insightful, up to date, enthusiastic about being a trainer.
REMUNERATION/SALARY: STIPENDS TO COVER LOGISTICS, DATA ALLOWANCE AND CREDIT
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
- Proficiency in cloud software applications (Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs).
- A university degree in any field.
- Previous experience in training or facilitating workshops, events, sessions etc. (this could be part time, as an intern, as a volunteer or full time role).
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