We have just started working together with our second group of 'Trainee General Building Operatives'. Through a series of informal learning sessions, we will explore different aspects of employability, working together with the group to ensure they have the necessary skills to reach positive destinations.
During this introductory session we began to explore the group's thoughts on entering the workforce. We used a creative method to generate participation and encourage discussion. The groups split into two teams and created posters (using only images or drawings with no words). These posters would represent their thoughts on working as 'Trainee General Building Operatives'. The posters helped create a critical space where the group could discuss their new roles, their motivations for working, the skills they need to succeed and where they see themselves in the next six months. This proved to be a productive informal learning session.