'Real-World' Functional Skills for Early Years Apprentices

Rochdale Training is excited to be involved in a groundbreaking research initiative to support early years apprentices in achieving their maths Functional Skills qualification.

The pilot, commissioned as part of the Apprenticeship Workforce Development Project, funded by the Education and Training Foundation, and led by NCFE and GMLPN is a response to Ofqual’s review of the reformed FSQs that highlighted a pressing concern around the decline in pass rates linked to the perceived difficulty of the qualification.

Emma Lowe-Hewitt, Quality, Compliance and Functional Skills Manager at Rochdale Training said, “We are proud to be a part of this exciting research project whereby we are testing contextualised functional skills maths resources and assessments within the early year's sector,  in the hope this can be replicated across all apprenticeship sectors. We want to see all apprentices enjoying learning maths and through contextualisation, this will boost learner’s confidence and improve maths achievement rates.”

Would you like to improve your maths or English Skills? Rochdale Training offers part-time courses for people who are employed and those looking for work. Apply now by contacting our recruitment team at 01706 631417 or recruitment@rochdaletraining.co.uk

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FREE - English Functional Skills

Are you aged 19+ and interested in studying English?

Then join us at Rochdale Training for our courses starting June 2024!

Our Functional Skills course has been developed to help gain essential skills in English. As nationally recognised alternatives to GCSEs, this course focuses on developing practical and functional English skills which can be applied to everyday life both at work and at home. Functional Skills are fundamental, applied skills in English which help people gain the most from life, learning, and work. This training is available for both individuals in work and those looking for work.

Each of our courses follows a scheme of learning covering each topic in detail, with structured professional delivery. This will enable the learner to develop to their full potential and beyond.

Before the start of the course, you will need to complete an initial assessment to establish the level you are currently working at and identify the most appropriate starting level. This will help your tutor assess your individual needs and ensure that you will have the correct support.

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Courses Available:

  • Functional Skills English Level 1
  • Functional Skills English Level 2

Benefits:

  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Develop knowledge to progress into your chosen career
  • Support from the tutors and mentor at Rochdale Training
  • Benefits will not be affected

Entry Requirements: 

  • Candidates must be 19+
  • Candidates must be a resident of Bury, Oldham, Rochdale or Tameside
  • You must be committed for the full duration of the course
  • Not already enrolled on any other funded course

Overview:

  • Between 8 and 20-week courses (depending on your starting point)
  • Classroom delivery at Rochdale Training
  • All resources provided
  • Ongoing constructive feedback
  • Dedicated Functional Skills support
  • Specific exam preparation

Progression:

Upon completion of this course, candidates will be supported to apply for other training opportunities which could include Apprenticeships.

 

How to Apply: Contact Lauren Cummins on 01706 631 417 or lcummins@rochdaletraining.co.uk

Travel Consultant Apprentices Soar to Success: Completing Their Journeys!

Casey joined Althams Travel in July 2022 and has recently qualified as a travel consultant. Her Branch Manager and mentor Becci Hughes is proud of how Casey has grown in confidence and knowledge during her Apprenticeship:

“Casey is a valued member of our team and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to seeing her continue to develop in her role and have a successful career as a travel consultant.”

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Talia started with Hays Travel in Bolton in August 2022 and has recently qualified as a Travel Consultant. Talia really recommends a Travel apprenticeship:

"Within this Apprenticeship, I have had training days with Rochdale Training, and this has helped me massively with product and destination knowledge and learning how to build rapport and ask open, closed and probing questions to ensure I can match all customer needs and go the extra mile.  I have also completed e-learning during my apprenticeship, which has really grown my knowledge. I do recommend completing a travel apprenticeship. I can 100% say that my knowledge and confidence has grown massively. Also, my skills and product knowledge have really developed, and I can confidently deal with our diverse range of customers to ensure I exceed their holiday needs."

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Andrea Fielding from Rochdale Training presenting Evie Barker from Althams Travel in Blackburn with her Travel Consultant certificate after gaining the highest possible grade of a Distinction!!

Andrea says: Well done Evie! We are all extremely proud of you and good luck on your future career with Althams Travel! Evie’s quote: 

"I’d always had an interest and passion for travel and when I found there was an Apprenticeship to be a travel consultant,  I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to start my career in the travel industry.

I’ve been working for Altham’s for over a year now and I feel that I made the right decision when choosing the travel industry. I enjoy working in the office, serving clients, and learning new things about travelling and destinations more and more each day. I am really excited about my future at Althams Travel after finishing my Apprenticeship."

Events

  • Breakfast Event

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    This employer event will be presented by Peter Palmer CMIOSH FIIRSM (OSHCR) Chartered Occupational Safety and Health Practitioner and Fellow of the International Institute of Risk Safety Management.

    The event will include:

    A selection of recent HSE Prosecutions and lessons that can help strengthen your health & safety management.

  • IOSH Managing Safely

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    Managing Safely is unlike any other course. You’ll find a practical programme, full of step-by-step guidance, and a sharp business focus. But you’ll also find that the highly innovative format and content engages and inspires your staff – critical to getting safety and health embedded across the whole organisation.

  • IOSH Managing Safely

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    Managing Safely is unlike any other course. You’ll find a practical programme, full of step-by-step guidance, and a sharp business focus. But you’ll also find that the highly innovative format and content engages and inspires your staff – critical to getting safety and health embedded across the whole organisation.