"We've built up trust over the years and they deliver what I need."
"The School Support Workshop has been running for18 months; it started with a pilot. The learners are all working in support roles in schools. At this workshop there are site managers, teaching assistants, mid-day assistants, a cook, an administrator and assessors. They're doing the Level 2 Vocational Qualification (VQ) in Support Work in Schools. The workshop is voluntary, providing an opportunity for portfolio building; the learners can meet their assessors and also learn from each other. It is a good use of the assessors' time as they can see several candidates at once.
These programmes are meeting the government's objective of developing a skilled workforce in schools. They're good for building confidence, for example we have a number of site managers who are experienced and doing a good job, but have no qualifications. This qualification gives them a springboard into further development.
The assessors are key, they are all working in schools. For site managers we have two very good expert witnesses working alongside the assessors, they can look at stuff specific to the role.
We have worked with the College for more than five years - the Care and Health team is easy to work with. We've built up trust over the years and they deliver what I need.
I also work with Employment Training Solutions through the Trade Union Education team, who provide Adult Literacy and Numeracy training. This has been very successful with a brilliant, experienced tutor who has lots of ideas, knows how to explain things and is really nice with the learners. She even attended a five day training in maths for schools so that she could learn how maths is taught in schools these days and so, support the teaching assistants better."
- Last Updated: 17 October 2013