How employer-led CPD is future proofing the workforce

In February 2016, the City & Guilds Group announced its investment in Future Proof – a campaign by Business in the Community which aims to break down the barriers to employment for young people.

How employer-led CPD is future proofing the workforce

Many organisations have shown their support by changing their recruitment processes, simplifying job adverts and making job criteria more youth friendly.

One such organisation is Tideway, who has implemented a new CPD programme to future proof its workforce.

n the UK there are currently many major infrastructure projects in the pipeline – Crossrail, Heathrow’s third runway and Hinckley Point C to name a few.

But one which hasn’t garnered quite so much media attention is the Thames Tideway Tunnel – a 25 kilometre sewer tunnel needed to prevent an average 20 million tonnes each year of untreated sewage discharging into the River Thames, London.

As a £4.2 billion project that at its peak will employ over 4000 people, across 24 construction sites, Tideway is the organisation responsible for its delivery. This academic year, Tideway embarked on a ground-breaking new partnership with London colleges. The aim? To support education providers to ensure young people are equipped with the technical and academic skills businesses need.

Rather than focusing on just increasing young people’s skills, Tideway decided to target college tutors and lecturers through a new CPD programme.

The programme aims to give teachers experience of working in the industry, allowing them to put their academic teaching into a practical context so they can inspire and inform their students about engineering.

But it doesn’t end there. By increasing the knowledge, skills and effectiveness of college lecturers and teachers, students will be better equipped with the skills needed in a modern construction and engineering workplace.

Working in partnership with the Associate of Colleges (AoC), Tideway’s programme offers:

  • Termly briefing sessions on industry topics that tutors find challenging to teach, such as health and safety;
  • Termly “learning walks” from Tideway engineers and construction specialists in five London colleges, to provide insight on techniques used, industry best practice and case studies and lesson content;
  • Work shadowing opportunities throughout the academic year for up to 15 tutors, during which Tideway employees will support individuals with identified learning needs particularly where they relate to gaps in industry knowledge.

The potential benefits of this new partnership to both Tideway and the wider industry include:

  • Higher quality teaching of employers’ apprentices
  • An increase in the quality of the talent pool from local FE colleges
  • An alignment of the skills taught in FE courses more closely to industry needs

So far the programme has received excellent feedback from all participants who took part in the initial session.

For more information about our investment in Future Proof, visit their website.

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