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Manchester Academy Learners Step Outside Their Comfort Zone

Published on 13 February 2017

With the Reach for the Future programme nearing the final furlong, the workshop took a creative turn this week and the whole session focused on a series of challenges.

The Careers & Enterprise Company funded scheme aims to develop resilience and encourage students to deal positively and proactively with any hurdles they encounter in work and study.  All the sessions including today’s event have been run by Career Connect’s, Kate Hyett.

The activities started with a cup stacking challenge called 'Moving on Up' and the pupils who were split into groups and had to decide who amongst them would be quickest at the task. A balancing test came next were another plucky team member had to stack wheel nuts on top of each other using only a chopstick. Levels of frustration and excitement yo-yoed throughout the room as the sound of wheel nut towers toppling over could be heard.

In the next trial, paper cups had to be stacked in the shape of a pyramid. This task called for focus, strong nerves and a winning mind-set, further challenges involved separating coloured sweets using only one hand into separate containers and pupils finally balancing a slinky spring on their head.

The activities were enjoyable and the levels of engagement and enthusiasm of the learners were testament to that. However, the key message to come out of the event was that being successful in school, apprenticeship, university or at work involves harnessing the 4Cs developed throughout Reach for the Future's five weeks.  In fact, control, confidence, challenge and commitment were required by the teams in all of today’s endeavours. 

When asked “what have you enjoyed about Reach for the Future”, the answers highlight just how much the Manchester Academy learners have got out of the programme: 

“The fun challenges and Kate has been amazing”.

“Watching people do the hilarious tasks”.

“The challenges-I feel they boosted people’s confidence”.

“How much I learned from it”.

“The different things we got to learn about, like STEM and the 4Cs”.

“Mostly everything”.

“Learning about getting a job”.


Steve Leach 
Careers Advisor

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