Vocational Learning is an important part of our curriculum offering learners over 14 years of age, an opportunity to develop transferrable workplace skills and experiences. Many of our learners thrive in a non-traditional learning environment that allows them to learn new skills in a more “hands-on” way. All our vocational courses allow our learners to achieve accreditation from entry level up to level 2 with qualifications recognised by post-16 providers and employers. Our vocational courses are provided by:
- Bike Mech
- CAST Northwest
- Parbold Riding Centre
- Tyler Lee
In addition, we value and support the offer of work experience placements from local companies which are pertinent to the individualised timetable of some of our Key Stage 4 learners. These placements include retail outlets, construction companies, childcare providers and catering outlets which supplement the academic work that the learners complete as part of their options courses.
Vocational learning is supported in the PSHE curriculum at Key Stage 4 with learners completing short courses in employability, food hygiene, first aid and other associated qualifications including those supported through the Prince’s Trust.
Extended Vocational Provision
For very small minority of our learners, a programme of extended vocational learning is the best way to address their needs. This is always supported by tuition in English and maths, delivered by Three Towers staff either in the learner’s home, on our Hindley site, at the vocational placement or at a mutually convenient location e.g. a local library.
Learners’ attendance, attitude to learning and progress towards their targets are carefully monitored and rewarded in line with Three Towers’ policies. Rigorous quality assurance procedures, close cooperation and daily communication with all our providers ensures that our learners understand that offsite provision is still closely monitored by Three Towers.