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Training Partnership has developed very good training on employability. This training links well with the good systems for arranging work placements for most E2E learners. Work experience is effectively linked to the other aspects of learners' programmes. Learners are well supported at work and progression rates to employment are good.
All providers which provide training that helps to improve learners' employability could adopt the model of a week's training on employability skills and additional training sessions on the world of work. Factors that should lead to effective courses:
Providers of work-based learning needing to increase the number of learners who go on work experience, would need to invest in staff time to be able to adopt Training Partnership's approach. The well-structured and well recorded procedures should provide useful templates for providers to adopt.
Learners on Training Partnership's E2E programmes spend the equivalent of at least two and a half days a week receiving off-the-job training in well-equipped vocational workshops. Learners follow individualised learning programmes that include training in literacy, numeracy, using computers and the development of their personal and social skills. Training to improve learners' employability includes has three elements:
Activities, such as an employability treasure hunt and a simulation of a production line, help learners develop and assess their communication skills and ability to work with others.
The week of activities are well managed. An employability diary and employability plan are used to keep a record of the skills covered on the course, completed jobsearch documents and agreed action. Learners and staff evaluate each session in a way that is used well to plan improvements for future courses.
The "W.O.W factor" builds on the skills learners developed during employability week. It consists of four one-and-a-half-hour sessions for a group of approximately 8 learners training in different occupational areas. The objectives of each session are:
Training Partnership works with over 100 employers to provide work experience for its learners. Most learners need to develop basic occupational skills in the vocational workshops before they are ready for work experience. Approximately 80 per cent of training partnership's E2E learners attend work experience at some stage of their programme for at least one day a week. Arrangements for work experience are very well managed and consist of well-co-ordinated stages:
Progression rates to employment and training from Training Partnership's E2E programmes are good. The organisation keeps good records of learners' progression (1, 2) and uses them well to evaluate the effectiveness of its programmes. Records include data on the number of learners that progress to employment with companies that provided their work experience.
Areas of learning
Preparation for life and work, Employability training, Independent living and leisure skills, Literacy, Numeracy
Equal opportunities, Leadership and management
Types of provision
Entry to Employment (E2E)
1. How well do learners achieve?, 3. How well do programmes and activities meet the needs and interests of learners?, 5. How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?
Nottinghamshire County Council Culture and Community Department (NCC) delivers contracted post-16 learning through the Acorn Initiative and the Training Partnership. The council provided Entry to Employment (E2E) prevocational and vocational level 1 programmes and advanced modern apprenticeships. Between 130 and 170 learners are on the E2E programmes at any one time. NCC funds it E2E training directly through Nottinghamshire Learning and Skills Council (LSC). NCC's core funds also support the E2E programmes.
Training Partnership has up to 40 E2E learners on its programmes. Learners work towards vocational qualifications in painting and decorating, trowel operations, motor vehicle tyre replacement and valeting, retailing and horticulture. Training Partnership operates from one site near Mansfield and have a training officer for employability and work experience. Most learners are referred to NCC by Connexions, some are recruited through the extensive outreach programme, and some refer themselves to the programme. Many learners have selected Training Partnership's programmes because they are more aware of their career aspirations and have decided they would like training in one of the vocational areas the organisation offers. Most learners join Training Partnership's E2E programme in July or August.
Chris Pritchett, Apprenticeship Manager
Eastbourne House, Eastbourne CentreStation RoadSutton in AshfieldNottinghamshireNG17 5FF
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