Forest exploration builds teamwork skills

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Two groups from Exeter College have used ASDAN qualifications to develop their employability and independent living skills. The Workskills group worked towards Employability and Personal and Social Development (PSD), beginning by a trip to Haldon Forest where they produced sculptures and took part in team building activities. They also worked alongside rangers to plant trees at Castle Drago and learnt about history at Killerton House. Meanwhile, job matching and career exploration activities helped students look towards life after college.

APEX Lifeskills achieved ASDAN Entry level qualifications in Personal Progress and PSD. Team leader Sharon Gilborson said: "The courses encourage the development of communication skills and asking questions when out and about, as well as developing skills for healthy living, working together, using technology, looking after yourself and developing self. We have visited the local area to find out about products to aid personal hygiene, visited a library and explored local coffee shops to find the best cake! Students are encouraged to develop themselves by asking questions, gain ownership by making choices, learn practical tasks in the kitchen and work together with others in the group and centre."