Leavers must be resilient and adapt to work ethic

Published: 1 Jun 2010 14:17

The school of thought is that the gap between the needs of businesses and the standard of young candidates is growing so a college has turned to the USA to bring their brand of training to help improve the resilience and well-being of teenagers.

The gap between what businesses want and what they get, when it comes to each new wave of school and college leavers, is growing and it is not just about academic qualifications.

What employers want is to bring confident and positive young people into the workplace, new recruits that are ready and willing to learn, able to co-operate, to be creative and prepared to take risks. But above all, they want their employees to be adaptable and resilient.

As one of the leading organisations in the UK to promote positive psychology, Wellington College has invited a contingent from Penn University, USA, to host a week's course on resilience training.

The course, 'Developing Resilient Teenagers' lasts a week, from Monday, July 5 to Saturday, 10 July, and it is designed to give participants a range of evidence-based approaches and techniques to help young people cope better with the opportunities and challenges of the teenage years and as they enter the work environment.

Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College is completely sold on the importance of positive psychology classes, in which resilience is a crucial element and the role resilience has in preparing young people, and people at all stages of life, to manage their lives better.

Taking place at Wellington College, Crowthorne, the course is open to state and independent schools.

The trainers are from the University of Pennsylvania, the acknowledged leader worldwide in research and teaching programmes in resilience and well-being for children.

It will be tutored by the team trained by Dr Karen Reivich, author of the Penn Resiliency Program and 'The Resilience Factor'.

Designed for teachers, middle/senior school management and governors in senior schools, and anyone working directly with young people, the course provides an introduction to the theoretical grounding behind the science of well-being and practical skills for developing resilience and well-being.

The Medicor Foundation Liechtenstein has underwritten two-thirds of the cost of 50 places and the subsidised places are £495 + VAT (£695 + VAT residential) for the six-day course (operated on a non-profit basis). The unsubsidised places are £1,495 + VAT (£1,695 + VAT including accommodation). The first 50 teachers and other qualifying participants from state schools to apply (subject to qualifying status being confirmed) will pay the reduced cost of the programme.

Up to two subsidised places are available for each state school (if subsidised places remain available, state schools can request a place for a third (or fourth) teacher at the same rate).

Once these places are filled, further places will be available to state schools at the non-subsidised rate, which is also the rate that applies to independent schools.

Delegates paying for accommodation will stay at rooms in the College with shared bathroom facilities.

To book places on this course for teachers in well-being and positive psychology, contact Tarla Woolhouse on 01344 444085 or email tw@wellington


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