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ETF report recommends Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has published a report identifying the characteristics of pre-vocational programme design and delivery for providers, especially for those addressing the needs of disadvantaged learners.

Fair Train attended the pre-vocational study seminar earlier in the year to feedback on the need for quality employability provision. The report recommends that: “Work experience should be subject to rigorous quality assurance, such as that available via the Work Experience Quality Standard operated by Fair Train.”

The report also states that: “Providers should additionally consider what support they can provide for those learners who may be interested in self-employment and/or in volunteering, both of which – though currently outside scope of BIS outcome measures reported on the basis of matched data - are regarded as positive destinations, and growing in significance in the prevailing economic context.”

As the Group Training Association for the voluntary and community sector, Fair Train promotes high quality volunteering as a route to employment, as it has a positive effect in helping learners to develop essential skills for the workplace whilst simultaneously helping charities to fill skills gaps and become sustainable. 

The report can be found on the ‘Development and Innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training’ (TVET) exhibition site, as part of ETF’s Excellence Gateway.

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