We build links between employers and education providers, to ensure teaching and training in the post-16 education sector meets employer needs. ‘Dual professionalism’ – vocational tutors being professionals in their technical career and their teaching practice – and solid employer links are essential to delivering good technical and vocational education.
Through our flagship Future Apprenticeship programme, employers who provide apprenticeship training in-house have been able to access our information, resources and professional development offer. As the apprenticeship reforms move forward, we expect there to be more employer-providers and for us to work with more of them, helping employers work with the further education system for the benefit of learners.
Our important Functional Skills reform programme is a strategic example of identifying employer needs, and working with educational experts and organisations to see how those needs could be delivered.
The Foundation’s STEM Exchange continues to support links between the sector and employers in Science Technology and Engineering. The Exchange has over 1,200 employers offering CPD and knowledge exchange for teachers and trainers in the latest industry practices.
A pilot last year with West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) saw ETF work with employers in the region, exploring opportunities to expand higher level apprenticeships, and we are working with other LEPs to meet strategic needs. Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive of LEP Coast to Capital, speaks about how the ETF has been working with them: