This certification explores the importance of strong communication skills in the workplace and identifies what makes these skills hard to master. It also highlights the pitfalls that workers, young and old, can fall into when not using proper communication strategies. Participants will learn about various communication techniques including face-to-face (formal and informal), and effective use of various communication channels such as email, newsletters, social media, websites, and electronic and physical bulletin boards. Participants will develop an action plan based on their communication style by learning how perceptions impact communication, understanding active listening and level three attention, and will be introduced to different communication styles based on personality types.
This certification explores the basis of conflict, conflict as a stage in the continuum of change, the different conflict styles, and builds skills for reaching effective solutions. Participants will learn to identify potential areas for disagreement before they surface, articulate desired outcomes, and how to effectively deal with difficult people and challenging situations. Throughout the certification participants will discover how conflicts affect them in various situations, how to adjust perspectives in order to shift thinking and action, and understand how to address conflict based on equity and human needs. Participants will have the opportunity to identify 2-3 skills that they will commit to improving their communication and de-escalating a conflict situation.
This sector-specific certification will enable participants to define and understand the benefits of exceptional customer service. Participants will assess whether they have the traits needed for a customer service mindset. They will also learn to recognize the barriers to great customer service, how to adapt to different customer behaviour styles, and develop a personal action plan to develop their skills.
This certification speaks to barriers that various populations may face as they try to navigate social systems, and challenges participants to consider diversity and assumptions, and encourages participants to ask about inclusion and apply their learning to their work. Participants will review the ‘inter-sectional wheel diagram’ to explain how individuals may face multiple forms of discrimination and factors that contribute to discrimination. They will discuss systemic barriers and how participants can become champions for equity.
This certification looks at the meaning of ethics from multiple perspectives and the impact various factors can have on them. Students will identify some of their own ethical situations and will have an understanding of how they may be different depending on various factors. The session will provide real-life scenarios and conflicts students may face, as well as those within the industry. The certification will provide steps to assist in making choices when confronted with an ethical situation.
Event planning is the process of managing a project such as a meeting, convention, tradeshow, ceremony, team building activity, party, or convention. Participants will learn why planning is key to a successful event/project and what steps to take to ensure consideration of all various aspects of event coordination. Regardless of whether events are small or large, participants will work to know who the audience is as a team in order to serve their needs.
How individuals interact with each other and within groups is an important skill in a world where working in teams is inevitable. Understanding how groups work together is part of creating positive group dynamics. Participants will understand what is required to ensure teams can work towards collective decisions, and are held accountable for outcomes. Learn the benefits of having a team plan, the serious pitfalls of the “craving to be cohesive,” and what you can do to avoid the related challenges.
This sector-specific certification will enable participants to explore leadership practices and practical applications that identify leadership skills and competencies. Participants will be empowered to recognize their capacity to lead in all areas of life and uncover, deepen, and build on their natural strengths as a leader. Topics covered will include learning how to raise their personal awareness of their strengths and limiting beliefs, incorporating new ways to work that will create positive environments, and learning ways to ignite their own and others’ passions and best-selves so that they’re inspired to contribute at their highest potential.
Provides participants with the building blocks for self-love, self-esteem, and self-efficacy through a program developed by an Olympic Gold Medal coach and master in personal leadership. Participants will develop a better understanding of how to improve resilience and coping skills, reduce negative self-image while promoting empathy, improve appreciation and respect for others, reduce negative behaviour, and increase self-efficacy.
Provides participants with the understanding of what allyship can mean to unlock the power of diversity. Allyship is the lifelong process in which people with privilege and power work to develop empathy towards a marginalized group’s challenges. This course addresses how allyship leadership is part of creating a culture in which the marginalized group feels valued, supported, and heard. Participants will learn what it means when work and efforts must be recognized by those you are seeking to ally with, how to unlock the power of diversity, and go beyond inclusiveness. Participants will be taught why allyship is a verb not a label, how to be a personal leader in allyship, and how to build relationships through trust, consistency, and accountability.
This certification pulls on a number of personality tools where participants self-identify traits that they most align with. Participants will work on defining what is most important in their lives and gain clarity about what they truly want to accomplish. Participants will discover their strengths as well as what’s holding them back, in order to increase confidence and assist in overcoming limiting beliefs. Participants build on this knowledge to identify skills that utilize their natural traits to optimal potential and production for the highest outcome of satisfaction and passion in their work.
Free money is available, if you know how to access it. There are so many student grants available from organizations and individuals that want to support youth. Grants provide money to support causes and organizational objectives. Participants will understand what is important when writing a proposal or applying for a grant, what should be included, and resources that can assist them. Participants will learn how to influence others through their writing and will have the opportunity to apply.
This sector-specific certification will allow participants to find out why a portfolio is a great way to get noticed and help reach goals. Professional portfolios provide a visual opportunity to share an individual’s work and personality, and can be digital or in hard copy. Participants will learn the inside scoop from experts who know what to include in a portfolio, tips on how to stand out from the crowd, and why creating it over time is the best approach.
This sector-specific certification starts with learning the definition of a project and what makes it a part of everyone’s life, in one form or another. Students will learn the steps of project management and complete a simple project as part of the training. In just minutes, they’ll understand what project management is about, regardless of the size of the project. Participants will grow accustomed to multitasking and time management in order to successfully complete projects.
This not-for-profit organization keeps inspiring a generation of young global citizens. Students will learn about the Canadian branch of a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of its founder. That’s right, one person started it all! Today, their vision is for a healthy planet where people make compassionate choices to live sustainably and in harmony with each other, the environment and other animals. Students will help them improve their youth council to help spread their message and invite even more youth to join the cause.
For many students, the new world they find themselves in can create feelings of stress, confusion, anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness. Although there is an increased focus to support students with mental wellness, they can also take their own steps toward mental fitness. This SPE/ICE will empower participants to look at ways to improve their own mental well-being as well as the mental fitness of other students by generating ideas that schools and the education system can further explore.
Students learn what allyship means and how it creates power for unlocking diversity and giving voice to marginalized groups. Leadership through allyship is the lifelong process of creating a culture where marginalized groups feel valued, supported, and heard. Participants will understand the stages beyond inclusiveness and learn how to build relationships through trust, consistency, and accountability. Students will gain the knowledge of how to become a personal leader by starting “brilliant conversations” and what they can do to begin to make change in their own school.
Our FLAME Virtual sessions can be used in a variety of ways. We can arrange for a FLAME Virtual session to support your students with their SPARK Online Certifications. One of our knowledgeable Flashpoint facilitators will review the content with the students, clarify any questions that students may have, and then introduce one of our industry experts. These experts will then talk to the students and give specific examples that illustrate real world usage and implementation of the skills being taught.
As well, our FLAME Virtual sessions are a great way for students to earn the Reach Ahead component for their SHSM designation. These Virtual Reach Ahead sessions are about an hour in length to give the speaker the opportunity to chat with you and your students about their education, experience, industry, and career details. Then with the help of a Flashpoint facilitator, the guest speaker will engage with students to answer questions, provide suggestions, and mention various additional resources. If your students have a specific area of interest, please let us know. Our virtual reach ahead sessions are fully customizable thanks to our vast network of professionals across all sectors which provides a wide range of guest speakers and available topics.
In addition, the FLAME Virtual session can be used as an SHSM Discovery or Introduction session for younger students. If your school is looking to promote a particular SHSM sector, we will provide a guest speaker and a Flashpoint facilitator to host this virtual session. The speaker will provide students with entry level information regarding education and career paths, pros/cons of the industry, and interesting anecdotes that students can use to consider opting into the SHSM program. There will be an opportunity for students to ask questions of the speaker and engage in discussion.
These asynchronous online training experiences include the 10 essential skills that every employer looks for when they hire. Students need as much support as possible to be ready for the real world of work.
This sector-specific certification will enable participants to explore leadership practices and practical applications that identify leadership skills and competencies. Participants will be empowered to recognize their capacity to lead in all areas of life and uncover, deepen, and build on their natural strengths as a leader. Topics covered will include learning how to raise their personal awareness of their strengths and limiting beliefs, learning to incorporate new ways of work that will create positive environments where positive things happen, and learning ways to ignite their own and others’ passions so that they’re inspired to contribute at their highest potential.
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