What's happening in the Regions?
Flexible Learning in Cheshire East
Cheshire East is developing flexible learning. Funding from LSIS has supported the project team in collaborating with employers and designing programmes that engage with new sections of the local workforce and fit into learners’ busy lives.
Courses and follow-up enquiries have been promoted by making the business case for the benefits of learning and vocational qualifications. Presentations and meetings with managers have ensured top-level commitment, and have made links to other initiatives such as the Skills Pledge and Investors in People.
Curriculum development has involved workplace managers identifying requirements with teachers: workplace materials have been used in designing taster activities that employees can relate to.
Members of the project team attended management meetings to promote possible courses to supervisors and staff. This increased take up and meant approaches were adapted to ensure prospective learners were comfortable with what was on offer and understood its relevance to their workplace.
More detail is available in the report, which describes the various steps to effective delivery, the critical success factors and provides examples of some of the materials used.
LSIS STEM Programme Funding Opportunities
We urge you to apply now for funding from the LSIS STEM programme – awards of £1 000 are available for 45 Action Research Projects and £2 000 for Professional Learning Communities. More information - including details of how to apply - is available in the LSIS STEM Spring 2010 Update.