A Truly Great College, Passionate About Success. Providing information and advice to BTEC L3 learners on progressing to HE. Sharing views – Generating ideas. What I intend to cover: Setting the Scene BDC Information, Advice and Guidance Structure
Providing information and advice to BTEC L3 learners on progressing to HE
What I intend to cover:
Setting the Scene
BDC Information, Advice and Guidance Structure
Brief overview/summary of the BTEC level 3 qualification
New initiatives – looking forward with the destination in mind
REAL WORK FOR STUDENTS
Large FE and HE college serving East London
Extensive employer networks
Specialist training centres
(results 28 Feb 2014) Support for Students Award &
Provider of the Year
Won 2012: Outstanding E-Learning Team
Won 2011: Outstanding entrepreneurship in learning and skills
Adam GemiliTeam GB & London 2012 Sprinter
Vicky Knight Health & Social Care Student
One of a few colleges in the UK that adopt an Opportunities Coach approach
A team of 11 multi-skilled Opportunities Coaches, trained in Motivational Dialogue
Attitudes and behaviours used:
Give unsolicited advice
Work alongside curriculum areas to offer wrap around support to students and to be an additional layer to work with our most ‘at-risk’ students.
Attend curriculum team meetings to meet with personal coaches and CTLs/CMs. This keeps caseloads fluid and ensures that the students most needing support are identified and monitored.
offer one to one support and group tutorials relating to motivation as well.
Function as a link point to other support services within the college such as student welfare, counselling and well-being, peer mentoring and careers guidance
Meet with identified learner for either an informal meeting or linked through a disciplinary
Using our skills the learner is helped to set their targets (SMART)
Approx. two weeks later the Opportunities Coach meets the learner for a review and to identify progress
Every intervention is logged: informal, linked to disciplinary and review
Excellent results that have improved year on year
Home visits to students
The college has two 0.5 directly employed Careers Advisers and additional support from the National Careers Service (for students and external visitors aged 18+) and our 14-19 Borough Careers Adviser(formally a Connexions Personal Adviser) who see students within this age bracket.
The external providers are in the college on a weekly basis and are all based in Advice Street. This ensures that the service is impartial and can link students to opportunities both internally and externally.
We are Matrix accredited and our in-house careers advisors are qualified to Level 7.
“We identify, through Personal Coaches delivering Progression tutorials and completing a survey with them, which students have a clear progression pathway and which need some more support with making a decision. We go through this process early in the Summer term. We then offer workshops for students who need more help and advice with searching for apprenticeships, job hunting, interview techniques etc. and one to one interviews for those who are completely unsure how to progress.”
Careers Advisor/Opportunities Coach
Motivational Dialogue implemented at BDC by Paul Lalgee
Strong emphasis on ILP’S and SMART Target setting
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business Year 1 (60 Credits)
2 AS equivalent
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Year 2 (60 Credits)
2 A2 equivalent
BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Business Year 1
3 AS equivalent
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Year 2 (90 Credits)
3 A2 equivalent
Building an ethos of accountability and ownership
Aim - Provide students the opportunity to reflect on their own personal enterprise and employability skills development, prioritise , set targets and identify further opportunities to make their future possible
Purpose - To ensure that the learning experience of each of our Barking and Dagenham students is of the highest quality, enabling them to achieve and progress to their full potential and beyond
Delivered in Tutorial outside of mandatory Tutorial sessions
Student activity engagement for those FS exempt
8 S.I.P steps
Step 1 Audit Enterprise and Employability Skills
Step 2 Prioritising Skill Development
Step 3 Identify and Track Skill Development Opportunities
Step 4 Review and reflect – Final Skill Audit
Value of initiative
8 S.I.P’s to Success programme supports UCAS personal statements and student references as well serving as a resource for specific curriculum-linked learning outcomes. Furthermore, Business students have the opportunity of building a skill development portfolio which may support future enterprise and employability opportunities.
PBF Skills Academy fundamentally focuses on raising aspirations and achievement of all students involved
It is special in the way it mainstreams employer support through Partners in Business, Guru Lecturers, summer internships, work place visits, seminars
Partners in Business identified, acting as a role model, critical friend and mentor provide Career Academy students with one-to-one support with coursework and life skills.
Mentor-Mentee partnerships provide students with the opportunity to:
reflect on recent coursework; reinforcing classroom learning with real life examples
practice employability skills such as time management, problem solving, CV writing or interview techniques
Widen their network of business contacts for the future
Inform – Assist – Guide intended student destinations
Experts in their field complement other teaching resources, enhance learning and help to ground the curriculum in the real - and current - world of work
The experience of being welcomed into unfamiliar corporate environments is a massive student confidence builder. Students have the opportunity to build on learning and expanding their understanding of the business environment and work place etiquette.
Employers provide a six-week paid work placement in a real operating environment.
This provides students with the opportunity to use key skills and knowledge they have learned at College.
Curriculum, which is vocationally based and student-centred, equips students with valuable life skills and employability training forms a key part of the curriculum offer.
Curriculum ensures students can explore an area of interest while being exposed to a wide range of education and career possibilities
What are the main barriers that learners face moving from F.E to H.E?
How do those advising students ensure they are kept up-to-date with higher education opportunities?
How effective is the support and guidance regarding Student Finance England, loans & grants
How do we continue to support IAG in a commercially competitive environment?