Good practice

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The case studies that we publish highlight specific examples of practice that providers of education, learning and children’s services have used to achieve successful outcomes.

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Ensuring a clear line of sight to work


On 28 January 2014, we published 10 good practice examples in the further education and skills (FE&S) sector in partnership with the Commission on Adult Vocational Learning and Training and The Education and Training Foundation. The case studies all show distinctive features of vocational teaching, learning and leadership that ensure a clear line of sight to work.

At Barking and Dagenham College, employers and businesses are actively involved at every level in helping to create, shape and deliver excellent vocational programmes across all subject areas available at the college.

MotorsportStudents are given the opportunity to learn what they can expect in their future employment, and what their employers will expect from them, through regular employer networking and working in environments that replicate the industries represented.

At Bridgwater College, employers benefit from the genuine collaboration between industry and the college, giving them regular opportunities to directly influence the curriculum, pass on knowledge and experience. They recognise that they are helping to prepare young people who may eventually work for them or other related businesses.

Through rigorous and competitive selection processes, using industry-standard equipment and facilities and through its close working with partners, the Michael Caines Academy, based at Exeter College, has raised the profile of hospitality and catering and offers high-quality training to aspiring professionals in this sector.

All activities at the Foxes Academy help increase the employability and independence skills of learners with learning disabilities, to encourage them to take personal responsibility for their choices and decisions. Several employers have observed that Foxes’ learners were

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among the best interviewees they had seen.

At Hull College, staff and learners have created videos and photographsto illustrate and demonstrate practical skills in a realistic workplace setting. This helps students link their theoretical understanding with practical skills.

Continuous focus on employment and employability are key features of teaching, learning and assessment and are embedded well into all lessons at Leeds City College.

In response to the needsof childcare practitioners and the market, the People and Business Development group has developed a flexible study programmefor childcare practitioners to access flexible study beyond level 3.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHSFT) has a good vocational training programme that is carefully designed to meet the needs of workplace managers and that responds to organisational change.

Trainers at Wendy Shorter Interiors encourage students to develop working relationships with other upholsterers and make arrangements for students to work on their own projects alongside a practising upholsterer so that they can absorb the environment and their ways of working.

Annual Report 2012/13