The Employment & Progression team are happy to celebrate the success of our Study Programme, 16 to 19 year old learners with their GCSE Maths results this year with an over 80% success rate in the exams that reflects the hard work of the learners, despite the exam board increase of over 20% in the grade boundaries. Amongst our success stories are those of Joseph Fletcher Tartar who completed his ICT course and has now began an apprenticeship programme with ATL he achieved a very creditable Grade 4 GCSE Maths grade and the highest score amongst this year’s learners! Another success worth a mention is for Maisie Pritchard Jenkins who also achieved her GCSE Maths Grade 4 with the second highest score this year. Maisie is returning to ATL this year to continue her Animal Care studies, which we wish her good luck and best wishes for.
Within the Employment and Progression department we are aware that for some of our adult learners due to other commitments we needed to offer a more flexible learning package and we have designed a system to allow some flexibility with attendance. Alongside attendance with the department maths tutors offering one to one teaching and coaching we have also offered weekly one to one remote sessions vis Google Hangout and supported with Google Classroom offering a selection of resources and tasks which allows the learner greater flexibility in their learning.
The feedback from one of our learners who has used this flexible system shows the value of this offering.
SG said, “I cannot thank you enough for the support, encouragement, and your flexibility to support my learning journey. Without distance learning and your flexibility I would not have been unable to undertake the course due to work commitments. Being provided with the course book upon starting level 2 enabled work to be set work, with time for me to complete prior to our google classroom meetings which we set weekly. The introduction of google classroom where you were able to upload learning resources such as videos, examples and practice questions was helpful and provided an easy platform to set work and for me as the learner to complete. You recognised my tendency to overthink and make things more complicated than they were. You provided solutions and reassurance and always remained calm. Your tips around exam preparation was 100% and your belief in your students before the exam helped settle nerves and gave me the confidence to go and take the exam and not panic, and any time I had any doubt in my ability I remembered the tips you gave, and the belief you had in me. Maths did not come naturally to me but the way you taught and explained things supported me not to fear it. I wish I had you as my teacher whilst at school as I feel I would have done a lot better than I did.”
“For me, ATL feels very safe and I feel very happy here. The staff are helpful and friendly and I feel they are like family to me. I have learned lots on my course and made new friends. I would definitely recommend Achievement Training.”
What is SEND & Celebration?
SEND & Celebration is the name of the Plymouth Parent Carer Voice annual SEND conference. Just as the name suggests, it is an exciting opportunity for those with SEND and their parents, carers, professionals and anyone with an interest in SEND in Plymouth to meet, question and learn from each other.
The full-day event will be held at the Guildhall in Plymouth on Wednesday 24th May 2023. It is FREE for registered members of Plymouth Parent Carer Voice and £5 for non-members.
Who will be there?
In the Great Hall you will find lots of stalls from service providers who are dedicated to support families of children and young people (0-25) with SEND. Over 30 exhibitors are looking forward to meeting you all and telling you about what they can offer. There are so many exciting opportunities to be found as you browse the Great Hall – you are welcome to browse and chat at your leisure.
During the day, there are a number of talks and workshops for you to attend. You can choose from the following which run at set times:
08:30 – Guildhall open for parents/carers/professionals to arrive
09:15 – Everyone to the Lower Guild Hall for introductions and a welcome
09:30 – First talk/workshop session (or browse stalls)
10:30 – Second talk/workshop session (or browse stalls)
11:30 – 12.30 – FREE Boxed lunch (choose from meat, vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options)
12:30 – Third talk/workshop session (or browse stalls)
13:30 – Fourth talk workshop session (or browse stalls)
14:30 – Additional time in the Great Hall to explore the stalls
17:00 – Event Closes
How can I book a place?
If you are a member of Plymouth Parent Carer Voice, follow this link to book your place: click here
If you are not a member of Plymouth Parent Carer Voice, you can join by following this link: click here
Shekinah is one of the Charities we support.
For those of you who don’t know, Shekinah provides opportunities for people in recovery or seeking recovery. Including recovery from homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviours or mental ill-health.
We share Shekinah’s beliefs and values in that everyone deserves to be given another chance and ensuring that people in crisis are given a variety of opportunities to reach a secure and contented life. The work they do for our local communities and those in need is vitally important for the welfare of our city.
Working with key strategic partners, Shekinah supports people to make meaningful changes in their lives and receive specialist support to address any health issues, find and support you in a home of your own and learn new skills.
This Easter please consider buying one less Easter Egg and donating the money to Shekinah’s Easter Appeal.
Before I started my apprenticeship I was studying at sixth form, however, I decided that the classroom-setting wasn’t for me and wanted to look into starting an apprenticeship. I didn’t know a lot about apprenticeships at the time but thought this might be a better option for me.
I met with Clare from Achievement Training and with her help and guidance I found a suitable apprenticeship for me. She ran through the options which most suited the role I wanted to pursue, these being apprenticeships in Customer Service and Business Administration.
We decided on the Customer Service apprenticeship first so that I could gain more knowledge and confidence within the sector I was working in and then I could progress onto the Business and Administration apprenticeship.
I started my Customer Service Apprenticeship at the end of 2021, I have recently received my results which were Distinctions. Clare has really helped me gain confidence throughout my Customer Service apprenticeship which has also helped me in my day-to-day job, she has always been there to give me feedback when required and also given me advice on what I can do to improve.
I am now starting my Level 3 Business and Admin apprenticeship, thanks to Achievement Training and Clare I feel more than ready to start this course and learn even more about this role.
Starting an apprenticeship was the best decision for me as it means I can learn whilst I am on the job and I also know I have support from my Manager, Colleagues, Clare and Achievement Training.
Find Out More About Apprenticeships
Whether you’re just starting out, upskilling, or looking for a career change – there’s an apprenticeship for everyone. gov Apprenticeships uk