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					                                                                                                        CASE STUDY                       Young Apprenticeship Business & Administration
               H    alima Abdulkadir moved from

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Young Apprenticeship
                                                                    Halima Abdulkadir
                    Denmark at the beginning of 2004
                    with no experience and knowledge
               about the working environment,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Business & Administration
               or even any idea about her future
               career plans. When moving to England
               she had limited English language skills and had                                                                           National Partnership                          for the programme. Please contact
                                                                                                                                                                                       Richard Thompson for a copy of the
               problems settling in to the new country. However,                As well as completing the Business & Administration
               with the support and encouragement from her school;              NVQ Level 2 and Technical Certificate as part of the      Event 2006                                    Quality Toolkit on 020 7091 9626 or
               Riverside Community College in Leicestershire, she               Business & Administration Young Apprenticeship           In December, the CfA hosted the National
               realised her potential and agreed to join the Business           programme, Halima has also achieved six GCSEs at         Partnership Event at the Orange Studio
               & Administration Young Apprenticeship programme.                 grades A*-C in English, Mathematic, Science (double      in Birmingham. The event was well             CfA at B2B Northwest
                                                                                award) and Applied Business (double award).              represented and included discussion
               Halima was placed with VESA 13-19 Support Agency,                                                                                                                       In November, the CfA hosted a stand at
                                                                                                                                         around Personal, Learning and Thinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   January 2007
               which operates as part of the local education support            Halima is now attending Wyggeston Queen Elizabeth                                                      B2B Northwest held at the GMEX centre
               infrastructure in Leicestershire and delivers support            1st Sixth Form College and is studying AS Levels in      Skills and featured a partnership             in Manchester. Our main objective was to
               services for 13-19 curriculum and staff development.             Accounting, Business and Mathematics. After college      presentation from Leeds City Council.         promote the Young Apprenticeship                                                                    Welcome to the New Year
                                                                                she would like to go to University to complete a         The Young Apprenticeship regional events      programme to national and regional                                                                      edition of the Young
               Vivienne Laxton from VESA said “Halima was a much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apprenticeship in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Wigan Council Department
                                                                                degree in Accountancy or Business.                       are due to be held on March 2007.             employers and the outcome was very
               valued member of the team and although she was very shy                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Business & Administration
                                                                                                                                                                                       successful. We are currently in talks with
               when she started her placement in Year 10 her confidence          Halima feels that she has really benefited from taking
                                                                                                                                                                                       some major organisations that are keen                                                                         newsletter. In this
                                                                                                                                         Deadline for cohort 4
               grew throughout Year 11 and we were able to give her greater
               responsibilities. She was always willing to undertake any
                                                                                part in the programme. She is now working towards a
                                                                                career in accountancy, due to the practical experience
                                                                                                                                                                                       to get involved – which will of course                                                                          edition, we will focus    of Adult Services:
               assigned task and would happily ‘muck in’ during busy periods.   she has gained through completing NVQ units in           proposals                                     mean extra placement opportunities for                                                                          on looking at different

               She also attended our team day and was respected for her         processing customer financial transactions and
                                                                                                                                         Cohort 4 has now been confirmed
                                                                                                                                                                                       Young Apprentices.                                                                                             perspectives of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Young Apprenticeship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Attracting young people into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the workforce
               contributions on the day.”                                       operating credit control procedures.

                                                                                By completing the Business & Administration Young
                                                                                                                                         with an extra 9,000 places for Young
                                                                                                                                         Apprentices, across all sectors.
                                                                                                                                                                                       lmpact Analysis                                                                                               in Business &

                                                                                Apprenticeship Halima believes her self-esteem and       Proposals for inclusion in cohort 4           The CfA carried out impact analysis                                                                     programme, from both                 ro Co NW Ltd, a Wigan based organisation, lead
                                                                                confidence has improved and feels that the skills and     must be ready for submission by               throughout the period of June to                                                employers and learners points of view. There                 on the Young Apprenticeship in Business &
                                                                                qualities she has learned and developed, can be used     16th February 2007 and submitted to           December 2006. The analysis looked                   For further information
                                                                                                                                         Regional LSC contacts.                                                                          about any of the subjects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       will also be lots of tips for successful delivery.           Administration partnership that offers the
                                                                                for any career or job appointment in the future.                                                       into how the Young Apprenticeship in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          raised in this newsletter,                                                             programme to pupils from three schools in the Wigan
                                                                                                                                         Don’t forget – you must seek CfA              Business & Administration programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             please contact Richard    Recent research conducted with employers                  area. This partnership is unique in that, for cohort 2, it
                                                                                VESA felt that their involvement in this programme
                                                                                                                                         endorsement prior to submission to the        impacts upon learner behaviour, GCSE                            Thompson at     on a national level, has highlighted the gap
                                                                                has helped to reinforce their organisation aims,                                                                                                                                                                                                 was supported entirely by one employer; Wigan Council
                                                                                                                                                                                       curriculum study, progression and  
                                                                                which are to promote the importance of personal
                                                                                                                                         LSC. The deadline for this is 9th February                                                                                    between required attitudes and behaviours for             Department of Adult Services.
                                                                                                                                                                                       employers. The final report with                            or 020 7091 9626
                                                                                development and training for all young people,
                                                                                                                                         2007. Proposals will be returned to                                                                                           the workplace and the existing calibre of young
                                                                                                                                         partnerships by 13th February 2007.           recommendations and conclusions can                                                                                                       Anne Westhead, Service Manager for Wigan Council
                                                                                particularly in the formative years at Key Stage 4.                                                                                                                                    people, emerging from the current education
                                                                                                                                                                                       be found at                                                                                                            Department of Adult services, describes the organisation’s
                                                                                In addition to this, some of the skills gaps in the      The Proposal Template and National                                                                                            system. This edition introduces the new Personal,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Partnerships are encouraged to use this                                                                                                   reason for supporting the programme:
                                                                                Business & Administration sector can be addressed        Requirements documents are available at                                                                                       Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) framework and
                                                                                                                                                                                       report to inform their planning for cohort
                                                                                through the delivery of the programme, which helps In addition to this;       4 and to inform their management and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       encourages partnerships to use this to focus on
                                                                                to develop a skilled workforce for the future. These     Critical Success Factors for the Business     delivery of cohort 3 where possible.                                            developing the types of skills that employers                                 “The YA scheme is part of our
                                                                                would include ICT, information management and            & Administration sector are also                                                                                              value so much.                                                         workforce planning and people recruitment
                                                                                organising and planning skills.                          available. Partnerships should link in with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We hope that you continue to benefit from this                 strategy. lt supports our departmental plan by encouraging
                                                                                                                                         their regional LSCs at this early stage, to                                                Council for Administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6 Graphite Square          publication in your management and delivery of                young people to consider the Health and Social sector for a
                                                                                                                                         ensure an ongoing dialogue on costs is in
                                                                                                                                         place. Proposals will be judged on best                                                                 Vauxhall Walk         the programme, recent feedback certainly                       career. The programme gives them the opportunity to gain
                                                                                                                                         value. A Quality Toolkit is available as a                                                           London SE11 5EE          suggests that this is the case. Enjoy!                        valuable experience within social care and support services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tel 020 7091 9620                                                                             settings, which they can use as a springboard for
                                                                                                                                         benchmarking tool for partnerships to         For information about progression and               Fax 020 7091 7340           Richard Thompson
                                                                                                                                         ensure they meet the required standard        careers, visit            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          progression at 16.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       YA Co-ordinator

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                                                                                              Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills                                                                                                                                        Young Apprentices get a taste
          …continued from page 1

          A large percentage of the workforce within the Health and Social care
          sector are in support roles or require administrative skills to undertake
          their roles. The programme in Wigan supports the recruitment strategy

                                                                                              Framework                                                                                                                                                                     of university life
          of Wigan Council’s Department of Adult services and consequently offers
          structured progression opportunities should young people pursuing the
          programme wish to take them on. The council plans to support Young
          Apprentices who wish to make an application for a vacancy at the
          council upon completion of the programme. The council also offers the

          opportunity for Young Apprentices to enrol on the Cadet Scheme at 16 in                                                                                               Below is the outline of the framework, for a detailed version of
          conjunction with City College Manchester. The Cadet scheme is an                                                                                                      the framework please go to                                                     n Thursday 2nd February, 10 budding Barnsley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 business experts visited Sheffield Hallam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “l didn’t realise just how many
          apprenticeship route in the Health and Social care sector and provides a
          route to access a range of careers in social care.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 University as part of their Young Apprenticeship                   different people study at University.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in Business & Administration. During the day, students
          Anne reveals the key to the department being able to sustain their                                                                                                                                                                                                took part in problem solving and team working exercises,
          workload, on top of supervising a Young Apprentice:                                                                                                        Team Workers                                                Self-managers                              participated in a business lecture and interactive seminar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and debated current issues on marketing ethics. Students

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The visit was organised by Sophie Craven, Widening
          “The YAs have been integrated into teams, as any other staff member would be.            CA (Qualifications and Curriculum                                                                                                                                         also toured the city campus and found out about job and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Participation Officer in the Faculty of Organisation and
          lnduction, training and support have been provided. Each young person has a              Authority) have developed a                                                                                                                                              career opportunities available to business graduates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Management (which incorporates Business and
          dedicated placement manager and this has worked well. There have also been               framework of Personal, Learning
                                                                                                                                                                                             Independent Enquirers                                                          The day was a huge success and as well as enhancing                 Management courses). Sophie commented, “This is
          regular reviews with Pro Co colleagues to ensure that everything was in place       and Thinking Skills (PLTS) that looks at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            their business programme, the event was a real eye-                 exactly what widening participation is all about, raising
          and it was working in practice.”                                                    developing learners’ ability to self-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            opener for students, one of whom commented “l didn’t                awareness and aspirations of higher education opportunities
                                                                                              manage, manage change, take
          Representatives from Wigan Council always attend the partnership steering group     responsibility and persevere against                                                                                                                                          realise how big the university was – it’s massive!” and “l didn’t   and showing younger students that it is a realistic and
          held at Pro Co NW Ltd. on a regular basis to ensure that the employer perspective   setbacks. The skills have an attitudinal and                                                                                                                                  realise just how many different people study at University.”        achievable opportunity for all who have the potential.”
          is heard throughout partnership debates and programme planning.”                                                                                       Reflective Learners                                            Creative Thinkers
                                                                                              behavioural focus and are designed to
                                                                                              interconnect across all areas of learning
          In conclusion, Anne commented:
                                                                                              and in any one learning experience.
          “The programme gives the council an opportunity to build contacts with local        The QCA and DfES (Department for
          schools and colleges, the more joined up the approaches become the easier it is     Education and Skills) are in the process of
                                                                                                                                                                                              Effective Participators
          to attract young people into the workforce. The impact on the council should be     embedding these skills across all of 11-19
          very positive in the long term.”                                                    education by 2009 and it will be central to
                                                                                              the 14 Diploma lines of learning, which are    The CfA has produced guidance about how best to develop and record the attainment of PLTS through the delivery of
                                                                                              due for first teaching from 2008. The CfA       Business & Administration qualifications. In addition to the development of these skills, this will give trainers an exciting
                                                                                              have decided, through their exposure to        framework to hang their delivery from to ensure maximum engagement with their young learners in a difficult subject for
                                                                                              the PLTS framework in development of the       this age group.
                                                                                              Business, Administration and Finance
                                                                                              Diploma, that partnerships should pre-empt     Key Recommendations from the guidance are:
                                                                                              this and look at developing these skills       •    Consider how PLTS can be developed in all components of the programme, i.e. VRQs, work placement, enrichment
                                                                                              through the delivery of qualifications               activities, enterprise activities, KS4 core curriculum
                                                                                              currently delivered as part of the Young
                                                                                                                                             •    Scrutinise existing practice and see where PLTS are already being developed and begin to re-inforce this with the
                                                                                              Apprenticeship in Business & Administration.
                                                                                                                                                  learner using this framework
                                                                                              Not only will the development of these
                                                                                                                                             •    Develop over-arching activities based around attaining knowledge of the subject content of the qualification whilst
                                                                                              skills benefit learners, as employers value
                                                                                                                                                  at the same time developing as many PLTS as possible in one learning experience (see guidance for examples at
                                                                                              these skills immensely, it will also give
                                                                                              colleges and training providers some
                                                                                              insight into how to deliver and record the     •    Monitor and re-inforce the development of PLTS with the learner through: tutorials, reflective questionnaires/diaries,
                                                                                              attainment of these skills for potential            placement review meetings, self and peer assessment
                                                                                              future Diploma work.                           •    Record the attainment of PLTS within individual learning plans and learner progress logs

                                                                                                                                             A full version of the guidance can be found at

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