As the deadline for the Bristol PLUS Award looms on the 8 of June, we thought it might be useful to talk about ways to fulfil the Intensive Skills Activity section of the Bristol PLUS Award.
The below are suggestions to give you some inspiration and are NOT exhaustive, we encourage you to find your own activity that is most relevant and beneficial to you!
Your Intensive Skill Activity needs to fulfill the following criteria:
- gained employability-related skills.
- participated in an interactive manner.
- committed for a minimum of 6 hours.
- reviewed the skills you have gained from the activity/event.
So what could you do?
- There are a few Skills Days remaining at the Careers Service, bookings are opening soon, be sure to visit mycareer and reserve your space. There is a lot to gain from these days as this recent student attendee explains: “This was a very useful event that gave me experience in public speaking, as well as introducing me to potential assessment centre activities that I have not come across before. This was my favourite activity that I have completed (as part of the PLUS Award) as there was a lot of time to speak to the people who were running the event”.
- Try your hand at sports coaching! – Any type of coaching certificate of qualification can be used including PADI dive certificates.
- Become a First Aider! – The Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance run affordable First Aid courses.
- Workplace training/shadowing – If you want to learn more about the sector you are interested in this is an ideal opportunity! Check out our resources on speculative applications to plan your approach.
- You can always volunteer! Visit the Student Union website for a range of opportunities that can benefit the community, your development and your PLUS Award requirements.
What have previous students done? What haven’t they done!?
Achieved their Pilots license – Learnt a new language – Mentored A-level students – Completed an online MOOC – Been on the Goldney Ball Committee – Led expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon – Had seats on the European Youth Parliament – Edited an online magazine – Organised plays – Taught children to code – Been trained to be part of Nightline and Drinkaware – Led conservation talks for children – Kept elderly people company as a “Chatter” – Volunteered at festivals, farms, and even Volcanology labs!
So what are you waiting for? The possibilities are endless!