From education to employment

Vision2learn for Schools prepares learners for employment with online WorkSkills”¦ New for 2009!

Creating Careers will be offering visitors to stand V12 at BETT 2009 an insight into vision2learn for schools and the new WorkSkills modules.

Delivered online through, the work-related qualifications allow learners to achieve BTEC qualifications at Award, Certificate or Diploma level in areas such as how to find a job and work placements as well as developing key work skills.

WorkSkills has been developed by Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding body, with the first wave of modules having launched in September 2008. Learners can choose units from a broad selection of work-focused modules to build a flexible, personal course of study, which meets their individual needs. They are able to log-on to interactive, engaging study sessions, communicate online with peers and teaching staff, reflect on their experiences, send assessment work through an internal messaging system and store evidence in a personal e-portfolio.

Learners have access to advice and guidance from their online tutor or teacher who can track and manage learner progress efficiently and use comprehensive online teaching resources to assess learners’ work. There will be 15 new additions to WorkSkills for 2009 including ‘Developing Personal Skills for Leadership’, ‘Contributing to Meetings’ and ‘Career Progression’.

Visitors at BETT 2009 will be able to explore the new modules, browse online and see for themselves the exercises, assessments and communication tools available to learners as they study. Developed in response to the demand for employable and qualified people, the WorkSkills qualifications help learners to absorb functional skills within work activities. In doing so, it meets one of the main recommendations of the Leitch report that “adult skills across all levels should be increased".

It also works towards meeting the objective that "95% of adults should achieve the basic skills of functional literacy and numeracy, an increase from levels of 85% literacy and 79% numeracy in 2005".

WorkSkills has been designed to fit into the curriculum and is an excellent addition to existing BTEC, GCSE, Diploma, NVQ and vocational qualifications. Because the qualifications are gained online, learners can complete units at school or at home and they offer flexibility to those who would like an alternative to traditional classroom teaching.

WorkSkills embeds literacy, numeracy and ICT skills within each unit and as a result, learners are able to work on improving these competencies as part of their wider, work-focused qualification.

Also to come in 2009During 2008 the Creating Careers’ Technical Team has been working to upgrade the vision2learn for schools learning platform with the most up-to-date technology to make it sleeker, faster and more user-friendly.

The new look platform will be launched in 2009. For more information about Creating Careers or its ‘vision2learn for schools’ or ‘vision2learn’ services visit stand V12 or contact Jonathan Ovenden at Creating Careers, Tel: 07730 402653 or email: [email protected]; website:

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