Exeter leads the skills revolution
1 July 2019
RAMM has teamed up with Exeter College to pioneer the provision of the latest technical training programmes, prior to a national rollout starting in 2020.
Exeter College is one of the first colleges in the country to be offering T Levels. A new, two-year, level 3 technical qualification that will sit alongside apprenticeships and A Levels within a reformed skills training system. T Levels are primarily aimed at 16-19 year-old learners. As part of this pilot programme, RAMM has provided two of the work placements that are crucial to the success of the overall programme.
On Monday 24 June, an event was held to celebrate the first work placement students’ contribution at RAMM, first-year Level 3 IT Systems and Network work placement students, Kyle and Marshall.
Marshall worked with RAMM’s in house designer. His projects included designing and producing exhibition labels, newsletters, programmes for classical concerts and web animation for social media. He said, “I’ve really enjoyed being creative and learnt that good planning pays off. I now know that I want to be a designer.”
Working closely with RAMM’s Digital Media Officer, Kyle developed a digital interactive display panel for the central core wall: “Before I worked at RAMM, I would never have thought of working in the cultural sector. Now I have a much better idea of what I’d like to do in future. Work isn’t half as scary as I thought it was.”
Work experience at RAMM
RAMM’s skills development officer Sophie Harbour is delighted with the College partnership: “We are very impressed with Kyle and Marshall’s commitment and the professional manner in which they have conducted their duties. With their skills and enthusiasm, we were able to complete important projects that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.
“RAMM is committed to creating relevant and meaningful opportunities for young people to gain experience of working in a dynamic cultural environment. Working with Exeter College on this pilot scheme is an important addition to the internships, placements, training and work experience that we currently offer and we look forward to continuing to work with Exeter College to build on this very positive start to the programme.”
Exeter College partnership
Exeter College, Assistant Principal, Sam Hillman said: “Industry placements provide learners with an opportunity to develop industry-related knowledge, behaviours and skills. Kyle and Marshall have worked alongside, and have been mentored by, the RAMM’s brilliant in-house designer and digital media officer. Successfully completing live projects of benefit to the RAMM.
“Through the exceptional work-placed experience and support provided by the RAMM Kyle and Mitchell have thrived. Not only has their learning been enhanced but, they have acquired and developed skills that will stand them in good stead for the future. Kyle and Mitchell are a real credit to the Faculty of Business and IT and to the College. As a key partner of Exeter College, we are delighted to be working with the RAMM on pioneering industry placements and very much look forward to continuing to build on this great start.”
About T Levels
T Levels are designed to provide young people with the skills, knowledge and experience to move into a skilled job, but they can also lead to higher technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships or a university degree for those who don’t want to go straight into work. They have been designed to create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of the economy and are being developed in partnership with Government, business and education.
The courses are designed to combine classroom theory and practical learning with a 3-month industry placement giving students real experience of the workplace. Around 80% of time is spent in the classroom and 20% spent on placement, which differs from apprenticeships that are typically 80% on the job and more suited to those who feel ready to move into employment at 16.
T Levels at Exeter College
Exeter College is offering T Levels in construction, digital, and education and childcare from September 2020, with more subjects to follow. Science, engineering, healthcare, management and finance, and craft and design are just some of the subject areas that will be introduced across the country in future years. Employers of all sizes across the south west will have the opportunity to provide a three-month industry placement as part of the T Level.