Offers young people the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to secure future employment. Personal development, outdoor adventure and opportunities to strengthen employability skills are key components of the programme.
LEAP provides young people with the opportunity to pursue a career within sport, coaching and leadership, whilst developing life skills. Young people will learn, work and train with professional outdoor education instructors in outdoor adventure centres.
LEAP activities include:
• Rock Climbing and Abseiling
• Kayaking/Canoeing (River and Sea)
• Surfing/Stand Up Paddle Boarding
• Mountain Biking
• Power Boat/Jet Ski
• Student First Aid
In addition to taking part in these activities, young people will also work towards gaining industry led qualifications and invaluable work experience.
We offer National Governing Body Awards and qualifications including:
• NOCN Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2
• Award/Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development
• NICAS – National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme
• Outdoor Discovery Award (National Navigation)
• BC Paddle Power Awards (British Canoe Union – Start, Discover & Explore Award)
• Student First Aid Award
• FSRT – Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
LEAP will be delivered at Adventure Sunderland, Roker, Sunderland and/or Simonside Outdoor Adventure, South Shields.
LEAP supports schools by incorporating key Ofsted requirements regarding personal development, career development and resilience.
Ofsted focus on how young people learn career management skills in school and that they ‘build on their prior attainment and are enabled to develop clear, ambitious and realistic plans for their future’ (Ofsted School Inspection Handbook).
LEAP is designed to be delivered one half day or one full school day per week over 36-39 academic weeks. Key elements of LEAP can be achieved in a shorter period of time and the programme can be tailored to suit the needs of schools and individual young people. LEAP is aimed at children in Key Stage 4. Elements of LEAP are also suitable for children in Key Stage 3.
Key benefits to school:
• Evidence of student progress and achievement
• Support to young people who may struggle with behaviour, attendance or those individuals at risk of becoming NEET
• Additional, industry specific qualifications alongside students’ current education programme at school
• LEAP to be utilised as an education engagement tool in school
• Young people will gain relevant work experience, training and employability skills in a truly vocational and professional environment
• Professional tutorials/careers guidance with outdoor education instructors and qualified teachers
• A ‘stepping stone’ for learners into a career within outdoor education and sports coaching leading on to BTEC qualifications, A-levels or apprenticeships (post 16)
• Keeping students fit and healthy, physically and emotionally, whilst gaining essential life/employability skills including team work and communication skills
• All quality assurance managed by LEAD Education e.g. internal verification, standards verification, qualification registration, administration, log books, NGB and awarding body management/certification