Vocational Consortium History
The current vocational programme has evolved from the original collaborative vocational network that Plymouth schools set up in the mid 1980s. Headteachers had the foresight to see that they could achieve more for their young people by working together on vocational learning instead of working alone and competing with each other.
Provision in 2015/6:
The currriculum model is usually two training days, one day of work experience with ‘Functional Skills’ /GCSE options and tutorial support at the home school or college. It is possible to provide almost individual course packages through Study Programmes.
All courses lead to a full qualification at levels 1, 2 and 3. In total, nearly 800 students were recruited in 2014. Plymouth Learning Partnership, in conjunction with Plymouth Learning Trust now oversees all vocational provision and quality assurance arrangements to ensure the highest standards are maintained across all settings and with all providers.
With nearly 800 learners leaving their home institutions to access learning opportunities with other providers traditional monitoring methods were becoming cumbersome. Electronic monitoring improves communications and continues to raise achievement - iPlymouth provides a student tracking system which monitors attendance and achievement. The system is constantly being improved. All schools and colleges within travelling distance of Plymouth are eligible for membership. With the exception of the few selective schools all city schools/colleges are members.
Schools or colleges may also develop their own work related learning bases and offer spaces on courses they provide to the consortium. Separate consortium arrangements also exist for AS and A2 courses throughout the city.
Most 16+ occupational courses take place on Mondays and Wednesdays to facilitate across city timetabling. A third or sometimes fourth day of linked work experience is arranged for the students. Most students on their days back at school/college follow a key skills programme. GCSE English/Maths or sixth form enrichment opportunities may be provided and an increasing number of students combine a TVC course with A or AS studies.
The vocational year
In September students begin training with their provider. There is an application process through school and with training providers to ensure advice and guidance helps learners chose the right course for them. Training Providers forward a report of the students’ progress to the vocational coordinator at school/college.
Each school/college partner appoints a co-ordinator who attends meetings, liaises with training providers and monitors the performance of their students. Meetings are held with school co-ordinators and Training Providers to provide support and to develop provision and quality louboutin damskor systems.
Students are identified as possible TVC students by careers guidance programmes during Years 10 and 11. Others may ‘self select’ from options talks and ‘routes ahead’ evenings. Back at their school or college they are guided towards suitable courses and arrangements are made for them to visit the training establishments.
The schools and colleges pay the training providers at rates and on dates negotiated by the TVC.
The costs include: a daily training rate and registration/certification fees with awarding bodies. Where appropriate other individual equipment/resources needs are added to the fees. This may include: protective clothing, uniform, text books that the student will retain, personal equipment (ie kitchen knives, hairdressing kit etc). Some Training Providers may charge for (mini bus) transport and for arranging linked work experience about selling luxury louboutin damskor online.
All costs are agreed in advance through the consortium and are written into an ‘Agreement for Training’ that both parties sign.
Schools/colleges are charged directly for the training at the end of each charging period.
The majority of students live, attend school/college and are trained within the city of Plymouth. These use the city public transport system to get to their training provider or work experience placement. Young Persons Travel Passes may be applied for and this ensures subsidised fares. A few Training Providers have their own transport and can offer a pick up service.
Students from outside the city are sometimes taken to their placements by school/college or hired mini buses.
In July the students’ achievements are celebrated at Training Providers/schools end of year presentation ceremonies. Exceptional commitment and progress is recognised by all partners in the award ceremonies and is a joyous occasion which everyone enjoys.
The provision is monitored by the PLT’s 11-19 Committee and the PLT Board of Headteachers.
The Training Providers become partners by offering their services to the TVC. Most of Plymouth’s training providers are current partners. When there is demand for specific courses the TVC may approach training providers. Contracts are renewed on a yearly basis. PLT produces an annual on-line catalogue of all provision on offer for all partners to access. As well as termly monitoring reports on progress and attendance – an annual report is issued to the Board on recruitment, retention and achievement. Funding is also reviewed by a PLT sub-group and reviewed by the PLT board.
PLT vocational consortium is supported by an Administrative Manager 9.00 – 4.00 Monday – Friday throughout the school terms.
Contact Fiona Aitkin in the office on 01752 783787 or firstname.lastname@example.org