We all know the benefits and pathways of apprenticeships and T Levels; but do we really?
I have worked in education for over 17 years in various capacities, but it wasn’t until I worked for the business arm of a local college that I really understood apprenticeships. I don’t think my knowledge would be the same without that experience. T levels were not even a thing back then, so this is a new learning curve for me.
Experience is what we are promoting to our students as careers professionals, and I’d like to put forward the argument that it is no different for us adults. How do we know something unless we experience it?
You won’t know, what you don’t know, so experiencing it counts.
The image above is of the new state of the art facilities at Truro as part of the South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT). The SWIoT is a collaborative partnership that aims to put the South West on the map, as a great place to learn, work, recruit, invest and innovate in the digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors. For more information about the vision, courses, education partners and more visit their website.
Image above: Tony Wright Business Development Adviser for Construction providing a tour of the facilities
Careers Leaders are put under immense pressure and not given enough time to increase their experiences, to gain knowledge and understand the benefits of technical and vocational pathways. It’s an ever-evolving landscape with the fast-paced technical world we are living in.
The time taken in one day makes a big difference overall and cue the Truro and Penwith College ‘On Route: Careers Leaders Tour’ organised by one of our esteemed Enterprise Advisers Mark Lewin, earlier this month.
The day showcased the vocational pathways on offer, the college facilities (which I have to say are outstanding), as well as talks from industry professionals, including Jon Kelley, Early Careers at St Austell Brewery and Veryan Palmer, Director at the Headland Hotel; they both fully endorse and support current apprentices on various pathways. What’s more, we got to experience the most fantastic lunch prepared by the current level 2 apprentices and get their views on the apprenticeship experience (pictures below).
Keep your eyes peeled for future events. Mark plans to run future events for more Careers Leaders to get this experience so let us know if you want to come!
Ruth Bennetts, Enterprise Coordinator
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