Creating a Positive Future for our Young People and Students

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For almost 20 years, the Mobile Team Challenge experiential learning equipment and CPD accredited personal development workshops have been adopted by many hundreds of youth organisations, schools, colleges and universities worldwide to create a positive and lasting change in the lives of the children and young people they support. Now, more than four hundred organisations worldwide look to the Mobile Team Challenge solution to provide them with powerful on-site activity and development programmes to create a positive future for their young people. One of the keys to the success, effectiveness and widespread use of the MTC approach is it’s power to engage, challenge and educate in a 100% interactive way. Used by all agencies involved with youth and community development and education it provides a unique and widely utilised resource. This includes Schools, Youth Offending Teams, Education and/or Social Services departments, Positive Futures projects, Police Forces, Military Outreach programmes, Rehabilitation Centres, Connexions Partnerships, Correctional Centres, Youth Justice Organisations, Health Authority, Local Authority, Probation, Youth Services, and the voluntary sector.

“Behaviour-Changing Games delivering Game-Changing Behaviour in Individuals, Teams and Organisations”

MTC’s Kits and Concepts are also being used across 40 Prisons and Young Offender Institutes to deliver Behaviour-Changing Games which create Game-Changing Behaviour in individuals, teams and organisations. From working with PRU’S with those at risk of offending or with Prisons and YOT’s with those who have offended, Case Studies prove MTC’s outstanding results in totally eliminating re-offending in a re-settlement group within a Prison and Home Office Sponsored projects working with Street Gangs, Hate Crimes and Knife Crimes across the UK. Whether the Group are looking to develop their Social Skills, such as; Respect, Self-Awareness, Other Awareness, Empathy, Self Confidence or Self Belief etc or are preparing for resettlement, MTC’s principles and concepts are making a huge impact.

The Home Office have provided funding applications for any Group or Organisation who develop programmes who can positively impact Hate Crimes, ‘County-Lines Projects’, Street and Gang Knife Crimes. MTC programmes are eligible for 100% funding in most situations and we have several joint projects where we are working with groups in partnership with the Home Office where lasting, behavioural and attitudinal change is making incredible impact in individuals and communities.

The 7 Steps of Behavioural and Attitudinal Change Community Projects

Contact us today to see if your Community Project is eligible for Home Office funding or to enquire about a FREE, in-house, demonstration of these life-changing and life-saving concepts.


Life Changing Training for Young People

Click here to download the Mobile Team Challenge – Life Changing Training for Young People PDF

Click here to see a Video Clip of  the Mobile Team Challenge activities in action

 

Experiential Learning Interventions in Schools, Colleges and Universities

Experiential Learning activities have been proven to be THE most efficient learning format available (click on the links below to see the research and statistics to confirm this fact). Hundreds of schools over the UK are now integrating MTC kits and activities into their weekly curriculum.

Will Covid-19 create Adverse Child Experiences in our Young People?

Mental Health experts recently said “that they are expecting a tsunami of mental health and negative wellbeing issues in our Young People due to the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Contact us to hear about how our Covid-Secure Experiential Learning Sessions are bringing Students’; confidence instead of anxiety,  hope instead of hopelessness, positivity instead of negativity, pro-activity instead of re-activity… even during a pandemic.

Experiential Learning Interventions

Last year, Ofsted were on records as saying “…Teachers are delivering boring lessons…!” whilst that is a very generic criticism, we know from our Schools Clients that Ofsted really like the experiential learning techniques which MTC deliver – “if a school has invested in experiential learning techniques, it demonstrates to us that that school REALLY DOES have the Pupils / Students development at heart”.  

Here a some of the areas where we are seeing Pupil / Student Development:

Click here to download our offering of Award Winning Experiential Interventions for your School, College or University

Click here to download a PowerPoint to share with your Governors / Teachers / Parents

Click Here to visit our page on the efficiency and effectiveness of Experiential Learning as a teaching format

If you still need convincing…call us today  on 0844 745 2120 or click below and arrange a FREE Demo at your School. All you need to is provide 10 willing volunteers and we will deliver a learning development experience of a lifetime.

Testimonials from Spa Academy Teachers

I used the large play mats and did a challenge of them getting themselves across the lava – a game called Magic Pieces… this enabled me to facilitate the game, enable them to see that they could work as a team rather that against each other and we reflected at the end on what they’re going to change to make things better and they understood for themselves. Every child when home feeling successful, happy and friends again.”

I honestly thought that the training we had last week, over those first two days, was completely fantastic and outweighed many of the behaviour training sessions I have ever had during my career.  The way he talked to every one of us in that room was wonderful and inspired each and every one of us no matter what our backgrounds, current situations or learning styles.  Within our staff unit we have every ‘hat’ style and he was able to talk to us all as we needed to hear the message – just amazing.  I came out of the training so inspired and ready to go.” 

“I absolutely can see the benefits of all the training we had and I was very pleased today to have been able to put the ‘games’ to good use!  It was a great learning session coming out of disrespect, arguments and cattiness in the children.  I have seen some other situations around school today where these ‘games’ could have worked for people so please, please be confident to make good use of what we were taught as it really does work!!  😊

 

Developing our Students’ Well-Being

“When Academic Intelligence meets Emotional Intelligence”

This CPD Accredited 8 hour workshop is a “must attend” workshop or all Students who are wanting to embrace the Student-Life.

Workshop Objectives:

First off, everything we do at MTC is founded on facilitated activity-based learning, which is proving extremely effective in engaging students. There are two dynamics to the activity element that work well with this generation, the first is the simple principle of “I see, I know” versus  “I do, I understand” (which works for all ages) and the second is the disproportionate psychological benefit of the gamification of learning to the generation bought up with smart phones and social media. When well facilitated there are much deeper and potentially uncomfortable lessons and truths can be bought home in play environment because the brain and emotions are subconsciously in a state that is more open to learning through failure and competition.

To get a bit more technical, all the facilitation and coaching we do in framed in the Appreciative Inquiry model pioneered by David Cooperrider. This approach makes real sense to millennials, looking as it does to create group engagement with change towards a group owned objective without the need for externally imposed coercion and incentives.

 A.I is of course a double edged sword, because corporate strategies are very often imposed and enforced in ways that undermine the buy in and creativity bubbling upwards. In an organisation it is important that the psychological roots of A.I are understood and embodied if you want to enjoy the fruits. With our students, though, our focus is to simply teach leadership that understands the dynamics from the start and so does it naturally as they are given future responsibility.

 So the work we are doing with students has now been divided into three threads

 Accredited Facilitator Training: This is for staff and students who have been involved with a ‘Student Team’ for more than one year. This training is run for the smallest group but is useful to highlight because it is a vital piece in an organisation that wants to embody a more appreciative inquiry approach in its culture. Many University Volunteering Teams are utilising these skills on their ‘pastoral role’ with freshers.

 Leadership Development and Teamwork: This is the mainstay of our accredited training. It covers basic best practice business behaviour, things like Stephen Covey’s seven habits, De Bono’s communication hats, Personality types, Emotional Intelligence etc. But the material is covered at a heart level not just a head level, this is where the activities and facilitation come into their own… we look at why we revert back to ineffective and how to develop more positive expectations and behaviours going. As part of this course we give the students simple tools to better manage ineffective (but often addictive) behaviours and to strengthen their effective behaviours and core strengths.

 Well-being and performing under pressure: A significant number of our student leaders have a level of pastoral responsibility, looking out for the well-being and mental health of others in their halls of residence or on their courses. These students are given more deliberate training in understanding wellbeing and stress, so they can help pass on tools to build the former and recognise and refer the later. We introduce them to Martin Seligman’s five components of well-being, PERMA: Positive Attitude; Engagement; Relationships; Meaning; and Achievement. We also look at the psychology and physiology of stress looking at both its positive role (eustress) as well as negative (distress) and we use Heart Rate Variance technology (HeartMath) to introduce techniques for high performance under pressure.

 

These modular sessions with Students achieve the following:

Click Here When Academic Intelligence meets Emotional Intelligence – Overview to see an overview of this workshop.

 

You can now add to your CPD Hours by booking a ZOOM virtual Workshop – contact us for details 

Where are you on this slide? – Are you in the FEAR Zone, the LEARNING Zone or the GROWTH Zone? – Who do you want to be during and post-pandemic? Do you know that you CAN still choose your behaviour and attitude – despite the anxieties and fears of COVID-19? Increase your own well-being and emotional health by applying the principles of Positive Psychology into your life.

To visit our library of 1-to-1 Coaching Topics  – delivered by Zoom or Teams

Volunteering Students Leadership Programme – Royal Holloway University of London

MTC were commissioned in 2017 to design and deliver a CPD Accredited, modular programme for their Volunteering Students and it has been growing in popularity within the University ever since.

In 2020 47 Students committed themselves as Team and Project Leaders with RHUL during the academic year and their participation has developed their skillsets both now and for their future career pathway.

The sessions covered; Emotional Intelligence, Student Well-Being, Leadership Styles, Decision-Making, Prioritising Techniques, How to develop High Performance Teams, Inter and Intra Personal Awareness, Coaching and Mentoring Techniques, Communication Skills, Appreciative Inquiry, Social Skills, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Students and included MTC experiential learning activities in an inspiring and dynamic programme.   

 

“Behaviour-Changing Games delivering Game-Changing Behaviour in Individuals, Teams and Organisations”

 

Testimonials

Coaching and Mentoring CPD Phase 2 student training (2019-20)

“The Coaching and Mentoring training gave us a platform not only to develop ideas as a team but also to explore how and why different approaches to leadership affect the impact on our volunteers, as well as helping us to reflect on key methods for adjusting our approaches in order to boost the productivity of our teams.”

Carrie Brown, 3rd Year Music Undergraduate student and Volunteering student team leader for Holloway Notes.

 “This training has been incredibly useful in thinking about guiding other volunteers to be student leaders or to be more confident volunteers able to help run sessions. It’s been a great follow-on from the CPD training by teaching us how to teach other volunteers what has been taught to us. It’s been invaluable.”

Alice West, 3rd Year Psychology Undergraduate student and Volunteering student project leader for Sing-Along Surrey

“This training has provided us with an incredible opportunity to improve our mentoring and leadership skills. It gave us invaluable insights on how to solve problems such as lack of commitment from volunteers or misunderstandings in the communications, as well as wider issues such as dealing with people in general, showing empathy and understanding, but raising the things that need to be raised. It has definitely had a big impact in the running of our social action projects, as well as teaching is general life skills.”

Santiago Torchiaro, 3rd Year Psychology Undergraduate student and Volunteering student team leader for ESOL Tutoring Refugees

 “This training has given us a great space to network and team build between the different volunteering groups, and expanded our community identity and cooperation. It has trained us to better engage with volunteers and bring out the best of them, as well as ourselves. This has allowed us to work with volunteers as well as within our team to better communicate and resolve conflict, resulting in reduced absenses, increased volunteer retention, and improved results from our volunteer sessions. It has been invaluable training that we have all noted and appreciated.”

Adam Perrett, 3rd Year Politics & International Relations and Philosophy Undergraduate student and Volunteering student project leader for ESOL Tutoring Refugees

For further info on the modular development sessions available for your Students, please contact us to discuss your specific requirements. Call us today on 0844 745 2120 or click below.

Personal Development for Traineeships and Work Experience Opportunities

Whether it be our children or our Young People whose lives have been challenged by Covid-19, the application of the principles of Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology can provide a healthy emotional and  wellbeing character in all ages.

If it is the equipping of our young students for examinations and career choices or creating ‘work-ready’ Trainees and Students for the Workplace, our wellbeing, stress resilience, emotional intelligence and positive psychology interventions can equip a Student to become “work ready” and our Coaching of the Student can be continued at their work experience employer – ensuring winning behaviours and attitudes.

Contact us today to hear about our CPD accredited Young People Personal Development programmes.

Click Here for an overview of our Employability Programme 

Increasing Employability Skills

Mobile Team Challenged have been seconded onto an All Party Parliamentary Group Think Tank to discuss the growing concern of Young People unemployment. In the light of Covid-19, Government statistics are suggesting that “unemployment within 18-25 year old could be as high as 2 million by the end of 2021”. There is also a concern over the forecast that “we are expecting a tsunami of well-being and mental health issues” as the circumstances accumulate and leave our young people facing a “perfect storm of negative influences”.  The Group is hosted by MP Barry Sheerman and Chaired by Simon Kelleher, Head of Education & Skills and is tasked with creating an implementing strategy for the Chancellors’ Kick Start Job Scheme . It is becoming critical that we help mitigate these effects by developing the “employability skills” within the Young People looking for Apprenticeships and Traineeships (as per The Chancellor’s KICKSTART programme) – and as SME’s, Business Owners etc it is vital that we CREATE opportunities within our Organisations to offer our Young People an opportunity to take a first step on their career journey by offering them employment. Mobile Team Challenge are currently coaching Students to get them “work ready” in Colleges, Universities and DWP initiatives – and are offering on-going support and coaching for them to every employer who takes on a young person. Contact us for details.

 Universities Challenged!

How to provide “Value for Money” for your Students

The current squeeze on funding, the increase in competition, the greater demands for excellence from Students who now have a greater choice where to gain their education, revealing NSS league tables, the increasing fees – all demonstrate that the Further and Higher Education Sector has possibly never known such “extraordinary times” as those in which we are living today – confirmation then that “extraordinary measures” are required.

As Universities across the Country begin to focus more on commercial strategies as the competition increases it is vital that your University delivers Service Excellence and outstanding Student retention and satisfaction levels in order for their offering of further education to remain competitive and for the students to perceive that they have received good “Value for Money” in the face of Students fees increases.

In a competitive Higher Education Market, it is essential that any differentiator of courses offered or product is leveraged to its maximum in order to gain the advantage.

When services and products become similar – it is the excellence of the Service offered which plays a major deciding influence. But when the day arrives when every University offers Student excellence – it will be the Universities who can offer the “next level of service” who will sustain their success.

It is their experience which Students will remember and talk about to others.

 Delivering Student Experience Excellence

This Workshop focuses on how to apply Disney’s culture of Service Excellence into our Student’s Journeys.  It covers an in-depth analysis of every “Moment of Truth” where a Student or a Potential Student can form an opinion of your College or University based on their experience and it prepares a strategic “Analyse, Fix / Improve, Measure” process of Student-Facing activities in order to ensure Student Experience Excellence. The workshop looks at WHY? Disney has won the award for Best in Class for Customer service for over 30 years. We explore the Principles of the Magic Kingdom and take in the award winning FISH! video as we focus on Student Experience Excellence. Delegates will compete a Service Improvement Plan during the workshop. Creating a Culture of Student Experience Excellence What IF ……. Disney ran your University?

Disney has won the “Best in Class” Award for their Customer Service Principles for the last consecutive 40 years

Now these principles are delivering excellence within Further and Higher Education Establishments across the UK                                                                                                                             

Measuring your Students Experience – NSS The “bar” for Student Service Excellence and Experience is getting higher each year for Universities to achieve.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England reported that: “Students are more satisfied with their experience at UK universities or colleges than at any time in the eight years of the National Student Survey (NSS), with 86 per cent saying they are satisfied overall with their course in this year’s survey.”                                        

This inspirational and motivational 1 day workshop will explore: 

         The workshop will be interactive with group and experiential activities

Doing it like Disney – Universities Challenged!

Workshop Agenda

What if…we did things Differently? …and What if…Disney ran your University?!

Who are your Customers?

Who are your Competitors?

Experiential Activity: Paradigm Shifter – Thinking Differently about Student Service

Seeing Your University through the eyes of a Student

  “Moments of Truth”   – Jan Carlsson SAS 

Identifying our Competitors and our Clients / Partners

How do our “Touchpoints” impact our Students’ “Moment of Truth”?

Seeing our University through the eyes of our Students.

Identifying areas for improvement in our “Touchpoints”

Self-Audit – How do we Measure up now? – Current State

Group Activity: Student Touch-Points – Mapping the Student Experience 

Sprinkling the “Magic Kingdom” Dust: Disney’s Service Principles

The 10 Things that Disney would do differently if Disney ran your University

Disney’s Award Winning’ Service Principles of Service Experience Excellence

What are our Service Standards for “Student Experience Excellence?”

How do our OWN Levels of Service Excellence Stack Up??

Group Activity: A Self Audit

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Service Excellence within your University

How DO those guys do it? – Best Practice Principles of Innovation

Apple / Nike / 3M / HP / Disney / Harvard

Defining and applying the 3 ingredients of REAL Innovation into your University

Apollo 13 – Definition of Innovation – Video

What does Student Service Experience Excellence Look Like?

The Disney Creative Strategy – designing the Perfect 10 Student Experience Excellence

Dreaming the Student Service Experience of Excellence

Group Activity: The Perfect Student Experience Excellence Outcome – Future State – using Appreciative Inquiry

Student Experience Excellence requires Functional Team Working

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Working as a Functional Team for our Students

10 Lessons of Teamwork – from The Geese – Video

Applying Winning Behaviours and Attitudes to our Student Experience

DeBono’s Thinking Hats – Understanding Challenging Personalities

Experiential Activity: Levitation Challenge

Identifying and Understanding Personality Types

The ABC of Managing difficult Student Behaviour

Transactional Analysis, Neuro–Linguistic Programming: Professional Communication Techniques

Experiential Activity: Navigating the Impasse

The 4 Principles of Achieving the Student Excellence Experience – FISH! DVD

Choose your Attitude

Play!

Make their Day

Be There for them

The FISH video / DVD has gone on to be the best selling training video/DVD of all time. Here is an extract from the Pike Place Fish web site: “For us it means going beyond just providing outstanding service to people. It means really being present with people and relating to them as human beings. We take all our attention off ourselves to be only with them…looking for ways to serve them. We’re out to discover how we can make their day. We’ve made a commitment to have our customers leave with the experience of having been served. They experience being known and appreciated whether they buy fish or not. And it’s not good enough just to want that – it takes an unrelenting commitment. We’ve made it our job to make sure that experience happens for every customer.”

These same FISH! Principles are now being applied to Universities and Colleges throughout the UK

Click Here for a Preview of this Award Winning Video – FISH!

 Workshop Outcomes – Delegates will:

Click here to download an overview of this inspirational workshop: Creating Student Experience Excellence.

The cost of this module is £895 + VAT for groups of up to 12 delegates. This cost includes all preparation, materials, workbooks and trainers expenses.

Culture Change in Universities and Colleges

If you are looking to Change the Culture in your College or University, we’d love to talk to you.

 

 Working Together

MTC understands that organisations need to work together to solve the whole problem. Throughout their educational journey and into their youth and beyond to employment in the workplace, extensive feedback from MTC users confirm that the tools we provide play an important, and in some cases, a critical role in the success of initiatives that address the following areas of concern.

Used both inside and outside of a wide range of youth and community organisations around the world, MTC works to resolve the above issues effectively providing the following benefits.

For further information on our Students and Young People development workshops please contact us.

 

The MTC Goal Reference Matrix

Many schools have purchased their own MTC experiential learning kits and our Train the Trainer programme equips the teachers and tutors to deliver highly motivational and inspirational interventions for all ages. Simply identify your preferred learning outcome for your Group, cross reference it in the matrix below and you will find several MTC experiential activities to provide you with the accelerated learning experience and desired outcome.

Alternatively our facilitators can bring MTC kits into your School, College or University and they will design a session specifically to meet your learning outcomes. 

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Free on-site demonstration of MTC Experiential Learning Activities

If you would like a free, on-site demonstration of our Award-Winning kits please click FREE DEMO below. If you can provide up to 10 willing volunteers we will provide you with a learning experience of a lifetime.

 

Testimonials

“We had a hugely inspirational day with Mobile Team Challenge. Their use of Appreciative Enquiry to facilitate Experiential Learning was so powerful that we placed an order for four equipment packages and associated training which our Young People’s Groups are significantly benefiting from .” (Sue Cook of Wolverhampton City Council)

‘An awesome delivery technique which makes learning great fun – it’s changed my life’.     (Moorlands College)

“I would highly recommend your equipment and training to anyone interested and would be glad to answer questions about our experience. Thank you again for your work in providing us with the tools and the knowledge to positively affect the world through the children we serve.” (Brian Flemming, Drug Action Council)

“When first approached by Mobile Team Challenge, who introduced us to a complete system that could successfully address Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship, we invited them to come to Ashmole School to run a one hour demonstration with a mixed group of our pupils. Within that short period we were amazed to see that through experiential learning all the pupils developed a wide range of core competencies. Mobile Team Challenge not only covers enhanced thinking skills but we also were very pleased to see that experiential learning can be adapted to meet varying identified needs, such as communication, team building, leadership, motivation & problem solving, etc. We noticed a dramatic change in a significant number of students. Mobile Team Challenge also has the additional benefits of being able to be used in all of our classrooms as well as sports hall due to its compact nature and ease of transportability. In support MTC has also been specifically developed with full risk assessments carried out for every activity. This is enhanced by specific programming, which will enable all of our teachers to safely run each of the 100+ activities with a very simple training introduction. Like most Upper and Middle schools we also have limited budgets set aside to develop a number of specific programmes. Fortunately Mobile Team Challenge offer direct funding support through specific governmental funding schemes for 100% of the cost of Mobile Team Challenge. With this support I strongly recommend you invite MTC to your school to run a demonstration to see for yourself what I can only describe as an invaluable PSHE system for your school.” (Anthony Filby Senior Teacher in charge of Pastoral Curriculum, Ashmole School, Southgate, North London)

“This programme is enjoyed by all the children from year Five through to year Nine and it is something they look forward to a great deal. We have organised adventure based programmes for the following reasons:

  • To help new pupils coming in to the school get to know their staff and fellow pupils.
  • To cover PSHE and Citizenship specifically relating to team work, communication and problem solving skills.
  • To organise inter class and inter year teambuilding events.
  •  For staff training and development programmes.
  • To expand the scope and the positive impact and influence that the school has within the local community.

“In all my time teaching I have never encountered such an effective programme for interactive learning as Mobile Team Challenge.” (Keith Pugh, Deputy Head-Teacher, Swanage Middle School, Swanage, Dorset)

“What a great way to teach valuable life lessons – by doing enjoyable activities and then discussing how to relate the learning from them back to real life.”  (Tom Johnson, Carey Counselling Centre)

         “Thanks for all your work delivering the training session. I have received fantastic feedback and I am positive that we will be able to take this forward to achieve     cultural change and increased service standards to which we are aspiring!”  (Darren Baker, Head of Projects & Compliance, University of Essex Campus Services)

“The Course today was VERY engaging and enjoyable. I am glad that I have attended this course.” ( Team Leader Loughborough)

“An EXCELLENT Day – Thank You!” – (Employability and Tutorial Manager, North Hertfordshire College)