IYLC places a strong emphasis on advancing generic skills in 6 main categories:
- Personal Development
- Group Effectiveness
- Personal Qualities
The effects of the IYLC on the advancement of these skills is illustrated below. The charts are based on the findings of an anonymous self-assessment survey conducted amongst 18th IYLC participants in July 2009.
The IYLC works on three key levels:
1) Interpersonal Dynamics of the group developing a group identity, learning to work with a diverse and international group of people.
2) Individual Development – challenging ideas, pervious conceptions, engaging with the realities of others, developing skills of leadership, communication, expression of arguments, cultural intelligence.
3) Intellectual Development – a pre-requisite of being able to work in the simulations is being able to hold an unwavering understanding of the workings and aims of these organisations. The simulation aims to add to that knowledge and test it in various situations whilst developing key transferable leadership skills.