MERSEYSIDE ADVENTURE SAILING TRUST

Enabling Young People to Develop Themselves
Apprentice Ship Cup 2015 presented by MAST

Our Vision is:
To Enable Young People To Develop Themselves.

Our Mission Statement is:
To guide, coach, support and educational / practical achievement for all young people

Our Values are:

  • Excellence: To exceed standards in all we do, inspire excellence in our volunteers, centres and young people, and deliver a personalised customer service that surpasses expectations.
  • Respect: To foster a culture of respect and inclusiveness, being receptive to each other and young people and acting with integrity.
  • Innovation: To listen, learn, discover and develop; to respond effectively to and invest in our volunteers, centres and young people.
  • Aspiration: We strive to be visionary and influential.

What we do

We are more than just a registered charity; we believe passionately about ‘Enabling young people to develop themselves’.  It is important for everyone to be able to access self-development, education and training opportunities, which are the key to improving achievement and development.

We’ve been around for over 30 years and have continued to use the features that have made us so successful over the years.  We work with professionals across all the different levels in the education system, we listen to young people and find out how they like to learn and we design all our learning and development from what we learn.  Everything we do is about helping young people to achieve.  Our qualifications, training and self-development courses are rigorous but achievable.  We set out to ensure that there are no barriers to any young person being involved in taking our qualifications, training and self-development courses because we don’t believe in being prescriptive about how things should be done

Our offer is flexible enough to be delivered in diverse settings from small professional providers to large colleges and universities.  We advocate assessment systems, which allow young people to produce evidence without having to jump through unnecessary hoops but do this within a robust quality assurance framework.  It is no coincidence that many young people achieve their first awards and qualifications through us

But it doesn’t stop there.  We follow young people throughout their lifelong journey, whether it is to support their career development, their leisure activities, to learn new skills or to support their progression to further qualifications.

We encourage and support learning and achievement.  If that’s what you want from your learning or for your young people then MAST is the natural choice

Enabling Young People to Develop Themselves

Programme

Background:

Current figures indicate almost 1 Million young people are not building a secure future for themselves.  A hard hitting report, ‘Towards a NEET Solution’, sets out the economic cost to the nation.  The UK ranks 5th from bottom in a league table of 28 western countries for the proportion of 15–19 year olds not in employment, education or training.  The direct human cost to these young people is significant.  They face a ‘revolving door’ of unemployment or low paid jobs and run a greater risk of becoming involved in crime and antisocial behaviour.  The Local Government Association has recently published a report ‘Hidden Talents: re-engaging young people’.  This highlights the rapid increase of young people in this category, illustrating that this group are more vulnerable to the effects of the recession than any other.   

Furthermore, a recent study published by the Princes Trust: ‘You Gov’ Youth Index is the first study of its kind which investigated how young people [aged 16–25yrs] feel about the state of their lives today and how confident they are about their future.  The disturbing result of this study indicated that emotional wellbeing of young people not in education, employment or training was significantly affected.  The youth who responded to this study reported feeling that their lives had no purpose, were meaningless or not worth living, suffered depression and poor physical health, [approx 65% of the survey]

The Trust believes it can make a difference:

Not only for NEET youth and other young adults,  Although there are a number of ‘Tall Ship’ and ‘Sailing Organisations’ within the UK, the Trust aims to be an effective provider of support. Instead of the usual ‘tall ship sailing experience’ from which youngsters return to their ‘normal’ life at the end of the trip, we aim to offer a ‘joined up’ service that can make a difference. Enabling young people to find direction and gain greater awareness of their own skills and abilities and be better prepared to enter work, training or education, providing them with a sense of purpose and a belief in themselves.

How Are We Different?

The major difference will be at the beginning and end of a voyage.

The major barrier to most young people is raising the cost of fees to participate in a Sail Training Activity.  We are attempting to remove barriers by obtaining funding to offer an intensive pre-employment/training residential course over a 6 week period.

Beginning 2 days before their ‘Tall Ship’ Programme, an Initial Assessment and Pre-Programme Briefing will be completed, vital to find each individual’s needs, interests, skill levels and future goals.  Prior to the start of the programme they will complete initial briefing, training which will include team building and an individual skills analysis.  This package of pre-voyage training will start the process of confidence building, communication skills and respect for others.  We also aim to remove individual barriers to aid learning and enjoyment.

This will continue whilst the young people experience the programme, all will benefit from physical, personal and mental challenges.

During this programme the young people will have the opportunity to gain recognised certificates or units of accreditation in the following areas:

  • RYA – Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course (Competent Crew)
  • Marine Sciences

In addition they can gain a reference, which, for many, may be impossible to gain in their current situation.

Instead of the usual practice of simply returning home, the voyage crew will return to the training centre for a further 2 days.  Here they will complete another skills analysis/goal setting exercise to evaluate their experiences and identify any new skills they have gained.  Their final skills analysis will outline for them a clear pathway to assist them to make the appropriate steps into employment, education or training.  This will include individual AG sessions, attempting to match their interests/skills and objectives with a comprehensive list of local opportunities: employers, FE colleges, training providers, courses and other activities.  Where possible the trust will assist with setting up interviews and direct links/signposting to the relevant organisation before the young person leaves the scheme.

A key process will be the monitoring and tracking of the young person afterwards, following up their progression and supporting their next step.  Furthermore all of the participants will be encouraged to continue their association with the trust through volunteering or participating in fundraising events.  Other options will be supported with other organisations to enable the youngsters to gain further skills to aid their progression/routes.

Our initial target areas:

  • Engagement of NEET young people (16-25 yr olds) for 6 voyages per year = 168 per yr
  • Engagement of young adults 16 -25 yr olds to link into the 6 voyages = 208 per yr
  • 14 – 16 year olds 6 voyages per year = 168 per year
  • Opportunities for Volunteer Crew members–covering all Voyages
  • Participation in European &  International Maritime festivals

Public Benefits:

  • The Trust aims to obtain direct funding to offer  subsidised places  of 60% on the voyages, [residential courses/tall ship experience] to support  young people either back into education, training or employment
  • The project will help to support the Government’s Agenda in targeting ‘A NEET Solution’ The land based model will support an alternative implementation of the Foundation Learning Tier and personal and social development.
  • Young people who participate in the tall ships residential programme will have the opportunity to become ambassadors for the UK, when the project links with European and Internal Organisations
  • Support young people from low income families to access the experience
  • Support local employment opportunities
  • Provide Volunteer opportunities for adults

Longer term aims:

Once firmly established we hope to:

  • Become a member of ASTO [ Association of Sail Training Organisations ] MAST are now a member
  • Be Affiliated to Sail Training International – MAST is now endorsed as a charity by STI
  • Establish Branch Networks initially in the UK to support the vessel in port and the organisation of general funding for young persons.
  • Enable young people to gain credits towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
  • Implement a water sports centre to enable local schools/clubs and local young people to access
  • Develop links with local Universities/Colleges to support placement opportunities for teacher training/sports coaches/community workers and trainee youth workers.
  • Develop links and opportunities with the Royal Navy & Merchant Navy for secondment opportunities and work experience
  • Apply for Grundtvig funding to support Cultural/exchange visits with other Educational bodies which have already shown an interest e.g. – Northern Spain, Rumania, Norway, and Denmark.  We would hope to expand this to other European Countries once established.
  • Develop a supporting land base to engage 10–18 year olds, providing water sports opportunities for local young people and Sail ability courses (encouraging young people with disabilities to take up the sport of sailing).
  • Develop International interest already expressed from four EU countries
  • Develop the branch network to enable the trust to support more NEET/disadvantaged young people

Enabling Young People to Develop Themselves

Programme

Developing Young People to Develop Themselves

Programme

Stage One: Attend Pre Work Briefing Weekend

  • Course Programme
  • Delegate Course Booklets
  • Royal Yachting Association – Essential Navigation and Seamanship
  • Log Books
  • Current Marine Sciences Curriculum – Introduction to the Marine Environment
  • Pre work programme to be completed

Stage Two: Monitor completion of Pre Work

  • Monitor progress with young person
  • Identify areas they need coaching
  • Ensure they have completed all pre work

Stage Three: Practical Application – Two Courses

  • Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course 

This course is an introduction to navigation and safety awareness for inexperienced young people. It is designed for young people interested in sailing, motor boating, diving, and works well in complementing our tall ship on-the-water training.

It’s a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for young people to put their new found knowledge into practice.

Course topics include:

  • Charts and Publications
  • Safety
  • Engine checks
  • Buoyage
  • Tidal awareness
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
  • Passage planning

The course pack includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.

How long is the course?

On the ship, the course is covered as a series of short tutorial, practical exercises and feedback sessions over the four weeks.

  • Introduction to the Marine Environment Course

This course is an introduction to the physical, chemical, and geological characteristics of the marine environment, including waves, currents, and tides; ocean chemistry and elemental cycles; and the structure of ocean basins. It includes the role of marine environments in global systems. The affects that human activity is having on the marine environment and marine resources.

It is a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for young people to put their new found knowledge into practice.

Course objectives

The goal of this course is to familiarize you with an earth system that influences your lives every day, even though you may not be aware of it.

In this course, you will:

  • explore the physical, geological, and chemical processes that define the ocean environment covering over 70% of the earth surface
  • discuss the role of the oceans in regulating global climate, their importance to our natural resources, and the relation between landbased processes (like earthquakes, volcanoes, and the shape of our coastlines) and the ocean system
  • examine how human activities are changing the ocean.

How long is the course?

On the ship, the course is covered as a series of short tutorial, practical exercises and feedback sessions over the four weeks.

Stage Four: Accredited Sign Off

All the course work, the young people have completed, will be assessed and signed off by a qualified educator.

They will get feedback about their course work and areas for development from the qualified educator.

The successful young people will receive an RYA Certificate and a Certificate of Competence from the National Oceanography Centre.

Stage Five: Next Steps

A qualified coach will develop an individual career action plan with each young person, who has successfully completed the programme, by taking the young person through the following process:

  • Completing a thorough self-assessment and a complete exploration of viable career options which were identified during the self-assessment.
  • The young person will choose from those occupations after examining them carefully and determining which one is the best match.
  • The career planning process is ongoing, and bi-directional, meaning they can move back to previous steps when you need to gather more information or clarify their choices.
  • Once they have identified an occupation to pursue they will develop an action plan.

The action plan is a road map that will get the young person from point A — choosing an occupation — to Point B — becoming employed in that occupation. It even helps them get past Point B, to Points C through Z, as you grow in that career. It is referred to as an Individualized (or Individual) Career Development Plan.

One of the most important things they will do during the career planning process is set goals. A goal is something they will want to achieve; the end to the means, so to speak. In order to achieve a goal, they will need to exert some energy — generally a lot of it.

They will set both long-term, medium-term and short-term goals:

  • Long-term goals: these are goals that they should be able to achieve in about three years.
  • Medium-term goals: these are goals that they should be able to achieve in about 12 months.
  • Short term goals: these are goals that they should be able to reach in the next six months.

In order for their goals to be achievable, they must meet certain criteria.

Goals must be:

  • Conceivable: must be able to put a goal into words;
  • Achievable: must have the attributes, energy, and time to accomplish the goal;
  • Believable: must believe they can reach their goal;
  • Achievable Within a Certain Time Frame: must be able to state how long it will take to reach the goal;
  • Clearly Defined: must know exactly what the goal is;
  • Flexible: must be willing to modify the goal as necessary;

Once they have defined both their long-term, medium-term and short-term goals, they will be able to go on to develop a career action plan. The career action plan will list all the goals and the steps to take to reach them. If the goals meet the criteria listed above, they are more likely to be successful in achieving them.