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Activate Learning is a forward-thinking education group working across further and higher education, schools, apprenticeships and training. We transform lives through learning.
We place an emphasis on working with industry as it ensures our students speak the language of the workplace and are learning the skills your business needs.
Developing strong partnerships with education is vital to ensuring the curriculum being taught to learners entering your industry is up-to-date and that we are teaching the things you need as an employer.
This is why we place such an emphasis on working with industry as it allows us to ensure our students 'speak the language' of the workplace and are learning the skills your business needs.
A recent survey conducted by City & Guilds Group found that two thirds of UK employers believe that the skills gap is likely to get worse for their businesses in the next three-five years.
But by becoming one of our industry partners, you know that your future workforce is abreast of developments and has a 'real world' application of knowledge - closing the skills gap before it becomes an issue!
This is vital when thinking about the future of your business, as you can work with us to address the needs of your workforce.
Outside of the traditional classroom environment, we also work with businesses to provide opportunities for students in industry via work experience and industry placements. This helps learners to get a better knowledge of your industry and allows them to make better informed decisions about their future careers – which could mean working for you!
More often we see students pulling out the stops to impress employers during placements as they see it as a “foot in the door” to a future career within a company.
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Ed Nolan is an estimator for Beard, a multi-award-winning construction company which designs, builds, restores and refurbishes buildings throughout the South of England.
He tells us how Activate Learning and Beard work together to develop the skills the construction industry needs to develop and grow.
“We partner with Activate Learning by assisting with work-based learning modules to the carpentry and brickwork courses. We base the module on actual projects Beard are working on at the time and use live construction drawings and documents in which the students will need to read, understand, measure and provide analysis from.
“Our main benefit is that we are contributing to the future craftsmen of our industry.
“We feel as a business we need to be proactive in the development of the future workforce in the area we work in and this is a perfect way in which we can contribute and help students understand the standards the industry expects from them.
“Our main objective (for the future) is to develop a standardised workbook/module which can be used for other courses within Activate Learning, so more students can benefit from our employer involvement. Overall, we hope to carry on our involvement with Activate Learning and continue assisting them in any way we can.”
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