A total of 18 candidates from across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Warwickshire and Birmingham are enrolled on the Contextualised, Blended and Extended Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CBED DTLLS) which began in September, supported by WMCETT.
Penny Ottewill, Co-ordinator for Work-Based Learning for WMCETT, said: “The CBED DTLLS programme is a progression from the success of the contextualised PTLLS and hopes to meet the demands of the sector.
“The sector was looking for a DTLLS to meet its requirements and liked the idea of being able to contextualise the provision in terms of delivery and time frames."
The blended element comes from the delivery model, which combines face to face sessions supported with online activities, tutorials and teaching observations. It is extended in that the course runs from September 2009 to January 2012, with six two-day block sessions, plus tutorials and observations negotiated individually with candidates.
Penny added: “A really interesting aspect of the programme is the diversity of the subjects the candidates are delivering including engineering, hairdressing, construction, painting and decorating, IT, mechanics, sport and outdoor education and a number of e2e programmes. This diversity of practice will bring a richness to the key content days."
To support people on the course, 12 senior practitioners from work based learning earlier this year took some ‘Gold Standard’ mentor training as part of a WMCETT Action Research project undertaken by the Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire Training Providers Association (HWSTPA).
The 12 were selected from independent training providers across the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area and normally deliver work-based skills and skills for life qualifications.
The CBED DTLLS course participants have now been matched with a mentor who will support them throughout the programme - the mentors are pictured (right) with Jayne Hedges, WMCETT's Mentoring Project Co-ordinator, who delivered their training.