Taking a 360-degree approach to Adult Education and Training allows training providers to create and deliver a service that supports their learners in securing positive outcomes, whilst also helping to meet the needs of the industry. Gone are the days when a course is enough, training providers now need to provide a 360-degree approach to their delivery, which starts from the initial engagement all the way through to assisting with progression routes.
In our eyes, a 360-degree approach is made up of four pillars, each one plays a vital role in ensuring learners receive the highest quality training and education.
1. Industry-led training
Industry-led training is paving the way for a new era of training and bridging the gap between employers, recruitment partners, and training providers. Industry-led training is a solution designed to meet the recruitment needs and skills shortages of employers. Through working collaboratively with employers and recruitment agencies, training providers can design courses which support learners to acquire the skills required for their chosen industry, whilst providing an effective recruitment solution for employers. Sector Work Academy Programmes (SWAP) are an effective way to utilise industry-led training and work in partnership with employers and recruitment agencies to build a skilled and robust workforce.
2. Commitment to quality
The quality of the training delivered by training providers plays a key role in each learner’s success. Training provides should constantly seek new ways to improve and drive forward quality standards across their operations, whether that means employing expert tutors, or working towards a recognised accreditation. Through continually improving and developing quality standards of delivery, training providers can ensure they are providing individuals with the best opportunities.
Over the past year, training providers have been forced to switch their operations to online in order to continue delivering their courses, but why stop now? Through a blend of online and face-to-face course delivery, training providers can offer even more flexibility to learners. People no longer need to sit in a classroom to learn, they can learn from the comfort of their own home and enjoy the same results. Where possible, training providers should utilise e-learning to expand their offering and cater to the needs and demand of their learners.
4. The power of partnerships
For us, partnership working is the key to supporting individuals to secure positive outcomes. By establishing strong partnerships, training providers can bridge the gap between partners and employers, and work towards tackling local labour market demands. Building partnerships puts training providers in a great position to help connect referral partners with their clients and available jobs.
As a training provider your learner’s success should be at the heart of your operations. By developing a 360-degree approach to training, you can successfully support each of your learners in securing a positive outcome.
At Innovative Alliance, we are part of a wider group of training and education providers, The Progress Group, which supports individuals from the age of 11 – 65. Each subsidiary uniquely serves a different demographic, but each are aligned to industries where skills shortages are paramount and quality education and training is needed. Collectively, we are all supporting individuals to access lifelong learning opportunities.