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A Brief Look at the Beacon Innovation Project

Training in the workplace is an area that seems set to enjoy a great deal of attention in the near future. As the workforce grows older and the need for having more than one career in the course of a working life grows, so the provision of training and skills initiatives that meet the demands of the workplace will become more important. Here, FE News reporter Manju Rani take a brief look at Workplace Training.

A Free Resource

Workplace Training is a free resource for trainers, trainer-trainers and training managers designed to develop skills and knowledge. The Workplace Training resource aims to offer professional development not only to out-and-out trainers but also to those who have come to assume training responsibilities without receiving formal training.

Workplace Training was developed as a Beacon Innovation Project funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Learning providers funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will be familiar with the Learning and Skills Beacon status, which celebrates outstanding teaching, learning and management in the Learning and Skills sector.

Aims and Goals

The aim of the Workplace Training project is to provide resources for trainee workplace trainers which can be applied to a range of vocational contexts in a format that is easy to understand and reproduce. The resources support the development and sharing of real practices and can also be used both in group and individual learners.

The resource is intended to match the requirements of current national Level 3 training qualifications. It also matches the requirements of the new initial award being developed by the Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) who are responsible for the professional development of those working in a number of industries including work-based learning.

The Workplace Training resource is part of the DfES’s continued commitment to raising the standards in the sector. The Workplace Training resource downloads is available in PDF file by clicking here. At the time of writing this article the website was inaccessible; therefore whether the resource will prove suitable for trainers remains to be seen.

Manju Rani

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