We are delighted to announce a new collaboration. WMCETT has been working with Fircroft College of Adult Education, a voluntary sector residential college in Birmingham, to develop a progression route into ITT from NQF level 1 to level 3/4 for the voluntary sector. Following a recent OFSTED inspection, Fircroft College was awarded 'Outstanding'.
Fircroft College has run a Train the Trainer programme since 2000. This is a residential programme accredited by the Open College Network and achievable at NQF levels 1 to 3. Since 2000, 1027 people from across the UK have taken the course of which 400 have come through MENCAP.
The Train the Trainer programme includes topics which will be developed further in the NQF level 3/4 PTLLS programme. This allows less confident participants to build on previous learning. The residential experience will allow those who lack confidence to access additional support from staff and peers. The two courses, Train the Trainer and PTLLS, will be delivered as standalone courses but with the option of providing a progression route in a familiar setting where deliverers are known to the participants for those who wish to take their teacher training further. On completion of the Train the Trainer course those achieving at NQF level 2 for whom the PTLLS course would be appropriate will be given information and advice to prepare them for entry onto the course.
The PTLLS course will be delivered in two parts. Both parts will run over four days, including three nights. There will be a six week interval between the parts to allow for reflection and the completion of a number of assignments including a presentation, and tutors can be contacted by email for support during this period.
Previous runs of the courses have had excellent feedback from participants. Quotes include:
“Fantastic course, really met my needs as a fairly new trainer”
“Great to be able to meet other students from the voluntary sector and to share ideas and good training practice”
“I learned so much from the tutors but also [from] being able to watch other students deliver training and learn from that”
“Attending the course has been very informative. Voluntary sector working does not mean we overlook the importance of appropriate training. It’s been a pleasure working within such a diverse range of organisations with a rich experience of life.”
WMCETT and Fircroft College look forward to launching the first PTLLS programme for those having completed the Train the Trainer programme in September. The partners are also planning to develop other CPD courses together.