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Racing ahead with student employability
Organisation: Northbrook College
Type of Organisation: College of Further Education
Curriculum: 4. Engineering and manufacturing technologies
Level: Level 1
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Implementation Year: 2015
Funding Source: Internal
External Recognition: Learning Consortium Report
Further Information:   Applicability 

Racing Ahead With Atudent Employability

PDF document Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment.pdf


The College sought to ensure that as many of its staff as possible continue to work within their area of vocational expertise (e.g. artists, theatre production technicians, musicians, engineers and hairdressers) to ensure that classroom practice is informed by the current industry practice and real world expertise, insight and understanding.  In order to ensure that there is a direct link between industry-practice and what is delivered in the College classrooms/workshops, the leadership team strongly created an active and influential employer board, made up of local employers representing its main sectors, who advise on curriculum, work experience and who support enterprise competitions including pitches for new businesses.  



The creation of a a two-way street – genuine collaboration between colleges and training providers, and employers;

An improved focus on the quality of vocational teaching and learning combined with a willingness to leading through collaboration in order to build the two-way street.


What Worked Well:

Benefits for Learners: Increased student employability; improved progression with a clear escalator to higher level vocational learning; access to industry-standard facilities and equipment; clear line of sight to work

Benefits for  Staff: A greater focus on employability for learners; the chance to remain at the leading edge of developments in their professional field; enhanced dual professionalism

Benefits for the Organisation: improved employer engagement and employability of learners; heightened profiled with local providers. 


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