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Economy on the Up So Vocational Versus Classroom Based Training

Advice and Guidance TrainingAll the signs recently point to a slow economic upturn. So is this the start of the UK coming out of recession for good? We’ve certainly seen an increase in business confidence over the last few months with more activity and enquiries coming in. Companies are starting again to consider training and development and put staff training back on the Board Room agenda. However any improvement has to be taken with kid gloves as the improvements are not consistent geographically across the UK or across sectors. therefore we can’t get too carried away.

Against this background what should approach should companies take when considering reinvigorating training programmes? What will give them the best return on their investment? In our opinion it has to be vocational courses rather than traditional classroom based learning. This has to reduce the risk for companies in what are still uncertain times.

The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is work-based, providing a training programme that is designed to meet the individual needs of the learner and be relevant to their individual workplaces. This enables them to deal with real world workplace issues and then apply solutions in the workplace which will make a real difference for the individual and the organisation they work for.

Our approach is not a traditional chalk and talk approach. To make the course more powerful and relevant for the learner we adopt a blended learning approach with experiential learning at it’s core. The “involve me and I will understand‘ principle is the one we follow. All our courses are designed to offer hands-on experience by doing and not just listening – less chalk and talk as with more traditional courses. We believe that this action based approach, through experiential learning programmes, is the most productive in terms of retention of learning and the beneficial transfer of that learning to your workplace.

An example of this is our Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance Course  work-based training course.This Advice and Guidance Level 4 NVQ training course is aimed at people working in an advice and guidance role who want to achieve a nationally-recognised practical qualification within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

The Advice and Guidance Level 4 NVQ Diploma course  demonstrates candidates’ competencies in advice and guidance roles that involve working directly with clients and delivering information, such as those  working for local authorities, charities, voluntary sector or advice centres. Roles include include  employment services, youth services, help desk and careers advisors, customer service advisors.

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"Experience plus reflection equals learning" - John Dewey