“Finally there is a qualification that recognises true skills development in a technical and vocational learning package that meets the needs of the labour market. It is key to building the workforce of the future in a collaborative employer-education partnership.”
Chris Wood, Vice-principal for excellence and learning at Preston’s College.
Andrew Gadson, Learning and Development Manager, Preston’s College, reveals how the new Qualifications are putting an emphasis on practical learning:
“The one thing that TechBac really manages to do for us is to inject that skills based delivery into the qualification where what we are talking about isn't just the theoretical knowledge that is removed from its application in the real world, but is actually embedded in everything the qualification asks for. It's about actually showing how you are going to do it when you get into the world of work and I don't think there's a real substitute for that kind of experience.”
The key benefit for the business is to ensure that we have the skills necessary within the construction industry and within Balfour Beatty. We certainly will recommend this to other employers, in fact we also ensure that our supply chain has been brought into this process. We really try to play our part in developing young students as well as apprentices and giving them the opportunity to grow.”
Adrian Berg, Project Manager, Balfour Beatty.