After the residential course, participants return home and then enter the non-residential phase of the Award. This element is where learning from the residential is put into action. Participants devise and deliver a community project and this experience is central to developing participants understanding of leadership and business skills. It also offers opportunities for individuals to stretch their new found understanding of their abilities, further develop their confidence and provide evidence of their skills and abilities, which will help them make successful moves from school.
In order to gain the full Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award, participants must demonstrate that their project meets the following criteria:
- The project will have a lasting positive impact on others in the local community
- It takes the equivalent of 3 days to deliver
- You ‘own’ the project and are not simply volunteering or fundraising for another
- The project is complex enough to need careful planning
- The project is a showcase for your skills and abilities
You will learn how to draw up a plan for your project; take responsibility for various tasks; take your turn as team leader; raise funds to cover the cost of your project; and make presentations to win support for your project.
Throughout this process, The Outward Bound Trust staff who trained participants at Loch Eil or Howtown continue to meet the teams, working with them and advising them, and reviewing participants’ progress in each project and their development in five core skills:
- Improving own learning and performance
- Working with others
- Problem solving
- Project management
If you work for an organisation that has been approached by a Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award project group, we have prepared an information sheet that should answer some questions you might have. Download it from the link below: