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Students take on leadership challenge

Congratulations to Isabel-Jade Brumby and Joe Wright, who were chosen to take part in a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) trip in February.

Isabel, who is studying Level 3 Childcare, and Level 1 Uniformed Public Services learner Joe, travelled to Castleton in the Peak District for the residential course, which aims to support the leadership development of 15 to 17-year-olds.

The four-day programme, which is mainly based outdoors, is also a learning tool to build confidence, recognise and utilise skills in others and teach effective leadership skills.

Isabel and Joe were selected by the Rotary Club of Cleethorpes, which funds two places for Grimsby Institute students annually.

“I was approached by my tutor about it and it sounded like a great experience so I went for it,” Isabel explained.

“A lot of it was stuff I hadn’t done before, like team-building and adventure activities, so it was a really good opportunity to try new things.

“The skills I learned have definitely helped me in everyday life. I’ve learned new problem-solving skills and how to recognise weaknesses and positives in myself and others.”

Isabel said her new skills have also helped on her work placement at Scartho Nursery, adding: “It’s helped me with managing children and I’ve got a new part-time job at Petit Delight since doing the course, thanks to the confidence I gained.

“We also had to do a presentation to the Rotary about our experience, and afterwards a member asked me to help out with the NSPCC Kids’ Day Out at Cherry Garth.

“It’s already opened up a lot of new doors so I’d definitely recommend it to others.”

Joe, who was born in Germany and grew up in a forces family, also enjoyed the experience.

“We tried a lot of new things and learned new skills which was brilliant. I’ve already put my name down to go back to RYLA in the summer and help out with the children’s camp.

“It’s definitely something employers will be looking for so I’d tell other students to do it if they get the chance.”