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Traineeships – Curriculum.

The intent of this qualification is to develop learners aged 16-24 (25 with EHC) to have the skills required for an Apprenticeship or a job. Our intent is to prepare the learner for work by developing skills in employability, Maths, English, ICT and work experience. Our intent is that learners leave us with the knowledge skills and behaviours to be an asset to any workplace. We intend to develop learners not only in the skills they need for their selected vocation but in resilience, confidence, team work, healthy mind and lifestyles and commitment.

Traineeships will involve three specific areas.

  • Employability skills.
  • Functional skills (Maths, English, IT if applicable).
  • High quality work placement – at least 70 hours workplace experience.

Initial assessment will be carried out with all learners to determine suitability and eligibility and also personal starting points. To be eligible for a traineeship learners must complete all three sections of the program.

Program will be tailored to suit the individual needs and to prepare for what local businesses are looking for.

The program will be implemented at initial assessment and length of stay on program agreed.

Teaching will be delivered in the workplace, classroom based and remotely/online.

Teaching and learning modules which will be included within this program –

  • Employability skills.
  • Mental health.
  • Nutrition and hydration.
  • British value.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Resilience.
  • Team work.
  • Functional skills.
  • Vocational skills related to chosen industry.

Due to traineeships being tailored to individual the following learning modules are not in a set order or pattern or delivery. The following topics will be included in each traineeship program in the order that suits the learner/group.

Employability Skills

Team dynamics

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is the meaning of team dynamics?
  • How can the dynamics of a team affect its working?
  • Creating accountability within the team.
  • The importance of being a team player.
  • Motivational problems within a team.
  • Cohesion within teams.

Body language and nonverbal communication

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is non-verbal communication?
  • How to read body language.
  • Different types of body language to be aware of.
  • How body language can affect your communication.

CV writing

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is the key aim of a CV?
  • What to include in a CV
  • How to present a CV
  • Common pitfalls of a CV

Interview skills

Teaching to be provided on –

  • Why preparation is key.
  • Top tips for interview.
  • How to sell you!
  • Eye contact and body language.
  • Personal presentation.
  • Questioning techniques.

Communication

Teaching to be provided on –

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • What is effective communication?
  • The importance of clarification.
  • Communication channels.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.

Presentation skills

Teaching to be provided on –

  • How to get your message across to the audience.
  • Confidence.
  • Time management.
  • Why practise is important for presentation skills.
  • How to obtain feedback on presentation skills.

Goal setting

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is an action plan?
  • What SMART means and how to apply to goal setting.
  • Why it’s important to set ambitious goals.
  • How to stay on track with goals.
  • How to deal with set backs.

Social media

Teaching to be provided on –

  • How to stay safe online.
  • Social media to promote yourself and business.
  • Software and media packages.
  • How to gain a media presence.
  • Basic IT skills if required.

Health and safety

Teaching to be provided on –

  • Responsibilities in the workplace.
  • Minimising risks.
  • Reporting.
  • Process’s for being absent from work.
  • Staying safe in the workplace.

Equality and Diversity and British Values

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What are British values?
  • How to apply British values in the workplace.
  • What is meant by equality?
  • What is meant by diversity?
  • Bullying and harassment and how to deal with issues.

English, Maths and ICT

Communication – also included in employability skills – can be cross referenced on learning plan

Teaching to be provided on –

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • What is effective communication?
  • The importance of clarification.
  • Communication channels.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.

CV writing – also included in employability skills – can be crossed referenced on learning plan

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is the key aim of a CV?
  • What to include in a CV.
  • How to present a CV.
  • Common pitfalls of a CV.

Presentation skills–also included in employability skills–can be crossed referenced on learning plan

Teaching to be provided on –

  • How to get your message across to the audience.
  • Confidence.
  • Time management.
  • Why practise is important for presentation skills.
  • How to obtain feedback on presentation skills.

Dragons den budget

Teaching to be provided on –

  • How to set a budget for a project.
  • Expenditure.
  • Profit and loss.
  • Percentages.
  • Basic maths skills.

Social media – also included in employability skills–can be crossed referenced on learning plan

Teaching to be provided on –

  • How to stay safe online.
  • Social media to promote yourself and business.
  • Software and media packages.
  • How to gain a media presence.
  • Basic IT skills if required.

If learners have previously gained a level 2 in Maths and English (ICT if applicable) then they should be supported in covering the above topics to ensure currency of knowledge and skills.

If a learner has not previously gained a level 2 in Maths and English (ICT if applicable) then they should be supported in gaining their first level 2 covering the topics listed below.

Level 2 Maths

  • Use of numbers and the number system.
  • Use of measures, shape and space.
  • Handle information and data.
  • Solving mathematical problems and decision making.

Level 2 English

  • Follow narratives and lines of argument.
  • Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively, providing further detail and development if required.
  • Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive evidence.
  • Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, purpose and medium.
  • Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed.
  • Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes.
  • Punctuate writing correctly using a wide range of punctuation markers (e.g. colons, commas, inverted commas, apostrophes and quotation marks).
  • Use correct grammar (e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of a range of tenses, definite and indefinite articles) and modality devices (e.g. to express probability or desirability).
  • Writing composition.
  • Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables).

Level 2 ICT

  • analyse multi-step tasks and separate the components, identifying the relevant ICT requirements and applying their knowledge and understanding to produce an appropriate solution (complexity).
  • apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within non-routine and non-familiar contexts (familiarity).
  • demonstrate the application of a wide range of techniques across several applications to produce an appropriate outcome (technical demand).
  • solve problems independently, overcoming challenges to produce successful outcomes (independence).

Personal behaviours, attitudes and enrichment

Mind-set

Teaching to be provided on –

  • Growth and fixed mind-set.
  • How to develop mind-set.
  • How your mind-set can affect your work and personal life.
  • How mind-set can help you to develop.
  • The importance of knowing your mind-set.

Attitude and behaviour

Teaching to be provided on –

  • The definition of attitude.
  • The benefits of a positive attitude.
  • How your attitude can determine your response.
  • How attitude can affect your behaviour.
  • How attitude can affect your reputation.

Responsibility and accountability

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is meant by responsibility and accountability?
  • How to take responsibility of own actions and why this is important.
  • How to learn from mistakes and why this is important.
  • Why taking responsibility can add to a growth mind-set.

Attributes of top athletes

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What attributes do top athletes have in common?
  • Why are they important?
  • Are they transferrable skills?
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Resilience

Teaching to be provided on –

  • Definition of resilience.
  • Why is resilience important?
  • Can resilience be taught or developed?
  • What is a resilience plan and how to put one together.
  • Dealing with set backs.

Focus / Refocus

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is a cue statement?
  • Breathing exercises to use whilst refocusing.
  • What is prime focus?
  • What is poor focus?

Driscoll model

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is Driscolls model of reflection?
  • How can this assist you in your reflection?
  • Why is it important to reflect?

5Cs

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is the 5Cs model?
  • Confidence, commitment, control, concentration and communication.
  • How can the 5C model help in the workplace?

Motivation

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is meant by motivation?
  • Problems with motivation and how to address them.
  • How goal setting leads to increased motivation.
  • Inspiration V motivation.
  • Motivation and visualisation.
  • Self-motivation.

Emotional intelligence

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is meant by emotional intelligence?
  • How emotional awareness strengthens nonverbal communication.
  • What is emotional maturity?

Self-awareness

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What is meant by positive selfishness?
  • Being aware of attitude and behaviours.
  • Effective communication.
  • Understanding self and own goals.
  • Self-development.

Mindfulness and coping mechanisms

Teaching to be provided on –

  • Relaxation techniques.
  • Mindfulness meditation.
  • Tools to cope in a difficult situation.

Diet, nutrition and fitness

Teaching to be provided on –

  • What does a healthy diet look like?
  • How can a healthy diet impact overall outlook?
  • How regular sleep patterns can affect output and motivation.
  • Why hydration is important.
  • How fitness and exercise can affect both physical and mental health.

Work placements

All learners will take part in a high quality work placement of at least 70 hours.

During time in the workplace learners will be able to learn hands on skills that will support them in future work or apprenticeships.

Learners will be given an exit interview at the end of their program which will give them real experience of an interview and the ability to obtain meaningful feedback for future.

This is a key aspect of Traineeships as this will allow young people to ‘try before they buy’ whilst training in an area of their choice, gaining valuable practical work experience and increasing self-confidence. This allows them to work out, at their own pace, if it’s the correct career.

All work placements are tailored to the workplace and industry and a job description will be provided to learners before they embark into the workplace.

Online learning modules

Online learning modules will provided to all traineeship learners to enhance their knowledge within key areas of their chosen vocation. Online modules for each area are listed below.

Sport Digital

  • Develop teamwork.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Social media.
  • Mental health.
  • Nutrition/hydration.
  • SEO for business.

TA digital

  • Autism awareness.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Early years.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Mental health.
  • SEO for business.

Media

  • Cyber security.
  • Facebook for business.
  • Sales skills.
  • Social media.
  • Twitter for business.
  • Equality and diversity.

Construction

  • CDM awareness.
  • Develop teamwork.
  • Electrical safety.
  • H&S in construction.
  • Manual handling.
  • Slips and trips.

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