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The CEC@thornton is currently developing a new purpose built training centre based in Thornton. Its primary function is to deliver next generation of BTEC First in Construction and the Built Environment (NQF) to 14-16 year olds

The centre is privately operated and is working alongside Pearson/Edexcel towards centre qualification and accreditation. We have a small team of local people with specialised construction knowledge and practising in the delivery of vocational and technical qualifications.

The centre will be operational in early 2014 and will deliver this qualification from September 2014.

We are passionate in our plans to deliver training to this age group and to provide foundation knowledge in the subject. Our aim is to provide effective, professional tuition for the qualification in a personal environment coupled with excellent facilities.

           Sept- Dec 2013 BTEC approval process, Initial approach & Introductions to Local Schools

           January 2014 Centre Completion

           February 2014 BTEC accreditation

           February/March Centre Visits/Open Days

           February/March Yr 9 options/centre presentations

           February – May Scheme of Works confirmed and approved followed by centre ‘Test Drive’ sessions

           July Initial external audit and confirmation of readiness

           September Commence qualification

The BTEC Firsts offer learners a wide introduction into many aspects of the construction industry. The ‘next generation’ Firsts are designed around the recommendations from the Wolf Report with the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum. In essence, they must add considered value to the learner and be relevant to the target areas of employment for the future

In the past, construction training at this level has been limited to an introduction to relevant trades and basic exposure to the skills required to progress towards a career in the industry.

The new qualification covers many areas of construction with an investigative approach to areas such as design, integrity, town planning, building control and architecture; as well as teaching practical skills in a number of trade disciplines.

With the next generation qualification it will give learners the potential opportunities, in due course, to enter employment in a far wider range of positions than before.

Apprenticeships are extremely strong on the employment agenda and are a growing preference for many young people across varying academic achievement levels. We consider that the new qualification will firmly support its learners chances of securing positions post 16.

We feel strongly that by developing this practical knowledge and skills with young people that they will inherit transferable skills, which in turn compliments and feeds into their overall personal development.

The qualification has been approved with the DfE requirements for inclusion on the 2015 Headline Measures List of Non GCSE qualifications. It comprises of 2 levels, an award and a certificate. The award contains 120GLH been equivalent to 1 GCSE and the certificate contains 240GLH – 2 GCSE’s. It is classed as a Level1/Level 2 qualification with an incremental grading system. This will ensure that the qualification is accessible to varying learner levels.

The qualification includes mandatory units in scientific and mathematical applications for construction as well as a holistic approach to health and safety rather than an individual module.

The centre will deliver further practical skills training in addition to those laid out in the specification as I feel this will aid and complement the classroom sessions

We also plan to include industry professionals from the local area as subject/occupational speakers. In addition relevant site visits will be facilitated.

Unit 6, Fox Court,Holly Road, Thornton-Cleveleys
Lancashire, FY5 4HH
t:  01253 820002   e: info@cecthornton.co.uk

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