Traineeships – What works
for English and Maths!
Denny Brothers Conference Centre
Bury St Edmunds
11th July 2014 – 10.30am – 15.30pm
10.30am – 15.30pm (lunch 12.45pm)
10.30 – 10.45
Welcome and introductions - Project overview – Aim/Objectives of event
(Wendy Wilkinson, ACER)
10.45 – 11.30
Traineeship Recruitment – Cambridge Regional College – Lead Partner
– What works for us! (Heidi Hodgson, CRC)
– Task 1 – Area for development or Improvement?
11.30 – 12.15
English and maths – support in practice (Jo Loss – Essex County Council)
12.15 – 12.45
Development activity – All Project partners
12.45 – 1.15
1.15 – 1.45
e-learning tools for English and Maths (Bob Read, ACER)
1.45 – 2.00
Staff development – personal and professional skills (Bob Read, ACER)
2.00 – 3.00
- Task 2 - workshops:
Embedding (Wendy Wilkinson)
Progression into GCSE English (Bob Read)
3.00 – 3.30
Networking and Evaluation
Traineeships – what works for English and
Objectives to:
• review and share effective recruitment strategies for
Traineeship programmes
• share effective practice in the delivery of English and
maths skills on Traineeships
• discuss ideas and good practice materials/approaches
for collation in the 'How to' guide
• consider staff development opportunities and
curriculum support activity to improve teaching and
Our project
• The Education and Training Foundation/AELP bid
• £715,000 funding in total – national project – 14 successful
• Purpose - CPD, resources/materials to improve outcomes
from traineeship programmes for learners and employers.
• Strands:
1. Quality of teaching (eg English and maths, Employability skills)
2. Engaging with employers and work placements
3. Robust initial assessment processes
4. Quality of provision for learners from vulnerable and excluded
Our project
- Transition from Functional Skills to GCSE English and Maths
to increase the scale of traineeship delivery in the East of
England and to improve the quality of teaching with a focus on
English and Maths, employability and basic occupational skills.
In doing this we will concentrates, in the main, on developing
trainers and assessors to deliver English and Maths with a focus
on GCSEs.
Our project
Runs from April – July 2014
CRC lead provider
ACER project management
3 partner groupings – 6 partners
– Business Managers/Employer Engagement/WBL
– English Specialists
– Maths Specialists
5 Workshops
1-2-1 support
Regional event
Production of good practice ‘How to’ Guides
Our project
6 Project partners:
Broadland Council Training Services
Anne Clarke Ltd
Cambridgeshire ACL/Library Services
Cambridge Regional College
Easton & Otley College
South Essex ACL
Traineeship recruitment – what works for us!
Heidi Hodgson
Cambridge Regional College
Task 1 - Area for development or Improvement?
Working in pairs - introduce yourself
Discuss your learner recruitment approaches – use the
checklist to identify areas of development or
Feedback to main group 3 key aspects of effective
English and Maths – what works for us and why!
• English and maths – what works
The Background
• All males aged 17-19
• 4 mornings a week – Employability, maths, English and
study session
• All within Harlow FC
• Afternoons work experience including football
• No traditional classroom setting, technology available
English – what works
Use of technology
• Improper use of technology
• Short attention span
• E3 on average
• Barriers to writing
Hills hailed a Hero
Maths – what works
• Can do cards
• Practical maths
• Using football statistics and data
• In the football stadium
• Use of interactive activities
Wordle Applet
Interactive resources list
Our project - update from project partners
• Share progress to date
• Identify an aspect of effective practice
developed as a result of the project
• Outline further action for improvement
Cambridge Regional College
Engaging Traineeship learners with English
• making the link to trainees’ own use of English in their daily
lives and in their chosen vocation.
• group discussion activities
• trainees’ own ‘skills audit’ based on job role
• Padlet:
- an online virtual wall
- used to collate information, share ideas and web links
- learners created their own walls which they were able to
keep for as long as they needed.
Padlet walls and their purpose
Relating everything to the real working environment.
• Contracts
ERR Skills-Scan Incident reporting
Cover Letter
• By completing these walls the learners were able to find and
interpret information ,relating it to audience and purpose and also
complete writing tasks.
• Interview
Broadland Council Training Services
Areas of Good Practice
Delivery and support with CV building
Developmental interview skills
Supporting use of in house initial assessments
Embedded and contextualised functional skills
Broadland Council Training Services
Current Development
• Introduction of Bite Size QCF units for English and
• Use of skills audits
• Development of Edmodo online facility for learners
• Staff development for assessors
Cambridgeshire Learning Services
Young Adults Leaving Care and Staff Development
• Development of Individual Learning Plan to incorporate:
– Cambridgeshire County initial assessments
– Goal setting in workplace skills, English and maths
– Reflection on learning from all staff involved as well as
individual learner
• L3 blended learning course in English for Teachers –
maths course in planning stage
Cambridgeshire Learning Services
Contextualised initial assessment resources
• Unpacked Job Description into tasks
• Customer Service, Admin, IT, H&S
• Created: Self-assessment checklist, Can Do cards, paperwork
file, online tool for resources
 promoted discussion on English within the workplace
 can adapt for maths and for any job description
 knowledge/use of new online teaching/collation tools
• Developed assessment flow chart process to ensure correct
route for English and Maths .
• Accreditation bite size units
• Training session planned for all involved in delivery of bite size
• Review delivery process to include group delivery where
• Generic work related Maths and English resources to be
Maths & English resources
• Using generic, work related tasks that will be relevant
to all learners
• Maths – comparing two job offers. Job titles can be
changed easily to embed different areas.
– comparing and calculating transport costs
– Hours worked
– pay
• English - incident form.
– Reading
– Writing
– Speaking and listening skills
Can do cards math
bright + colourful + significant
responsive initial assessment
confidence building
a trick up your sleeve………
Linking skills assessment to workplace
development and employer awareness of
English, maths and ICT
Take the job description
Add some key skill areas to be maintained/transferred
to the workplace/specific vocational area
Mix in two or three aspects of English, maths or ICT to
be developed
Fold in gently by embedding
Produce with graphics and guidance for the employer
Task 2 – workshops
Two 30 minute workshops
1. Embedding approaches
2. Progression into GCSE English
Opportunity to hear about different approaches, share
materials developed and contribute to Guides
Finally …
• Evaluation forms
Thank you for your contribution to this project
– we will send you a link to the Guides
Safe journey home

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