Rathbone Cymru says its relationship with Pearson Work Based Learning has introduced more structure to its pre-vocational programme and given clear guidance on what should be assessed and how.
Sheila Llewelyn, Quality and Curriculum Manager at Rathbone Cymru, says: “Structure is extremely important to both us and our learners. We have developed a very close relationship with Pearson and that underpins our ability to offer a consistent and relevant learning framework to learners with varied backgrounds, learning experiences and abilities.”
WorkSkills has made a significant improvement in skills development, punctuality, attendance and attainment of learners. The WorkSkills units have helped to address deficiencies in literacy, numeracy, language and communication skills. The rules of combination within the WorkSkills suite also give learners the flexibility to work across levels that match their needs, and there is real evidence of learners taking greater ownership of their own development.
Feedback from employers has been positive. Sheila explains: “At our recent Achievers event, the Employer of the Year commented on the difference that WorkSkills had made to the young person on placement with him. The young person is more engaged and now proactively asks questions rather than waiting to be told what to do. The learner is better prepared for his role, understands the importance of punctuality, hygiene and personal appearance and recognises the benefits of employment.”