Working in partnership with Raytheon, Impact have designed a multi-modular programme aimed at Generation Y to develop leadership behaviours as well as personal and business skills that the graduates will need to become effective leaders in the future.
The 18-month programme incorporates classroom based and experiential learning alongside the graduate’s day-to-day work and with coaching from Impact facilitators throughout the entire journey. The culmination is a Community Action Learning experience that aims to put all their academic and experiential learning from the previous five modules and 18-months of employment into practice.
One of Raytheon’s 2015 Graduate intake, Rob Burley shares the graduates’ experience of their final module and the methodology that made it so meaningful.
‘Working in partnership with Impact, who are experts in experiential learning, the final module was designed using their innovative methodology of Community Action Learning.
The graduates were able to influence the design of this final module and requested that they work in collaboration with an organisation related to our Armed Forces. With this brief Impact partnered with members of the North West branch of the Royal British Legion to create an innovative and challenging final module, with real consequences.
On arrival in the Lakes the brief was distributed and then we were given free rein to deliver the project. Our community action learning was underway.
The Community – The Lakes School in Windermere
The Action – Raising awareness of the work of the Royal British Legion
The Learning – Organising and facilitating a Year 7 competition to design, develop and construct a display structure for Remembrance Day Poppies.’
Working with 23 specially selected creative Year 7 students, the graduates got to work, meeting key stakeholders, devising schedules, assigning roles and responsibilities to ensure the following two days in the Lakes School would be a success.
The end result couldn’t have been better. Judges from the Royal British Legion and Cumbrian business James Cropper Paper (the manufacturers of the Remembrance Day poppies) had a difficult decision to make, but did manage to choose a winner! The designs ranged from spitfires hanging from arches to windmills embroidered with the words of John McCrae ‘In Flanders Fields…’
However the project does not end there. Due to the success of the collaboration, The Royal British Legion decided to take the project nationwide to raise awareness of their work.
As for the structures, they will act as the centre-piece of 2017 Remembrance Day Commemorations in the Lakes School and surrounding feeder schools.
So, with plaudits well earned, the graduates returned to the sunny confines of their Raytheon offices, safe in the knowledge that they do not need to resume teaching duties in school the following day, but not before pausing to celebrate the success of the whole programme, especially the final module that achieved far more than we could have imagined. We look forward to hearing stories of the Royal British Legion projects that spread nationwide following our Lake District efforts.’
Community Action Learning is an innovative methodology that brings corporations and communities together for mutual benefit and learning. More this way.
The Royal British Legion help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. They also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen. http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
Hannah Irwin is a Content Marketer at Impact.