Through the Skills Gap programme, schools may get involved in different ways - through applying to take part in a full programme with a local business; through attending a local branch training event or through using the teaching resources which are available online.
Participating in the full programme, schools are linked with a local industry partner with whom they will be guided, by the Skills Gap team, through a structured programme , enhancing Design and Technology teachers’ skills to reflect current technological practice. These are applied in the development and delivery of a unique classroom project with students. To find out more, Contact us.
The school project generates a bespoke set of teaching resources which can be used again and also shared with a much wider audience , see Teaching Resources.
Teachers may also have the opportunity to take part in local events to support the application of the resources, read more about Training and Events.
The industry link enables teachers and pupils to relate technical skills to a genuine business setting and increases knowledge of relevant education and career pathways. For further information on career signposting, see Career and Education.
Two schools and businesses completed the Skills Gap pilot in summer 2014.
“Being guided by an expert, with up-to-date industry experience, was invaluable ......We’ve all gained rapidly in confidence and knowledge and I can already see this having a variety of cross-curricular applications to improve pupils’ learning.” - Steve Berry, Head of Design and Technology, Marling School, SGP Pilot
Read more feedback from schools and businesses in the Skills Gap Pilot Programme Report.
See the businesses involved, to date, and read the case studies from schools below: