Young people and MPs gather at Westminster to launch new publication on life skills
Friday 23 October 2009
Last night (Thursday 22 October), young
people, MPs and sector professionals heard presentations from young
people on the importance of life skills at an event in Westminster,
to launch a prestigious new NCB publication, Life Skills:
Achieving Positive Outcomes.
Ben, 17 from Yorkshire and Humberside, who gave a speech at the
launch, said: 'What a great event, totally overwhelming and a
really good turn out. I was very proud to say a few words to help
launch the new publication at such a prestigious location. Life
Routes (NCB's life skills programme) has enabled me to improve on
my own life skills including communication and team work and my
confidence has really increased as a result.'
The publication lays out a definition of life skills and merits
the importance of life skills to enhance the well-being of all
children and young people. Using examples from the NCB programme,
Life Routes, it demonstrates how life skills can be learnt and
developed in children and young people in a pro-active and
The event was hosted by Paul Burstow MP. Mr Burstow spoke about
how: 'it is essential that young people have the opportunity to
develop life skills that will enable them to enjoy their lives as
well as become effective learners and active citizens.' Other
speakers included, Will Harris, Head of Marketing at Nokia who
talked of the value of life skills in the evolving business
One of the biggest concerns within the sector at present, is the
number of young people who are not in education, employment or
training (NEET). Several changes are in motion that intend to
encourage more young people to remain in education or training,
however making something compulsory does not tackle the underlying
problems that lead to disaffection. Life skills learning should be
made available to all, but in particular to those obliged to return
to a system that they feel has failed them. Life Skills:
Achieving Positive Outcomesis a valuable resource to improve
the outcomes of children and young people.
Speaking after the event, Sophie Wood Programme Manager of Life
Routes said: 'Life skills interventions do work for young people.
We must therefore continue to invest in life skills to help find
solutions for the underlying problems that lead to young people's
disaffection and disengagement from families, communities,
education and training.'