Further afield

10th December 2010 at 00:00

Ofqual wants more time for childcare diploma learners

Learners for new childcare qualifications must undertake more work experience, according to an Ofqual report published last week. The report was ordered by the Children and Young People's Workforce (CYPW) after concerns were raised over its level 3 diploma, which was designed to replace all other childcare qualifications in the sector. Ofqual found that the qualification is valid, but is more suited to mature learners with experience in the sector. The report recommends a two-year qualification based on the CYPW diploma and extra time to develop the qualifications.

Stourbridge gives Olympics a sporting chance in lessons

The Olympics are now part of the curriculum for students at Stourbridge College in the West Midlands. The college, which has produced a boxing, football and skiing champion at Team GB level, will link the Olympics to units in the sport and leisure programmes. Lynette Cutting, who has been principal at Stourbridge College for six years, said: "It would be great if some resources were made available to promote the games and maybe opportunities to access taster sessions, coaching, equipment in Olympic events and try new sports such as pole-vault, hurdles, cycling and archery."

Make your nominations now for adult learner awards

The doors are open for college students to nominate an outstanding adult learner or project that inspires them for the Adult Learners' Week Awards 2011. There are two main categories: outstanding individual learners and inspiring learning projects. All those nominated receive a certificate of achievement, while winners receive a learning voucher worth pound;200-1,000 and will attend the ceremony in May. Nominations close at the end of January and there is an early bird prize draw for those made before 20 December. For more information about the Adult Learners' Week Awards visit www.alw.org.uklearning-awards

Hopwood Hall's good work earns it a healthy reputation

Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale and Middleton has been recognised as a Healthy FE College. The Healthy Further Education Programme was set up in 2008 to develop a national standard for colleges, with 10 schools since reaching the standard. In the last year the college employed a healthy college co-ordinator and conducted a teenage pregnancy strategy sexual health survey. Kris Skelton, director for students, said: "I am delighted that the college has been formally recognised for its hard work and commitment to improve health promotion and health services."

Apprentice of the Year Award to make its debut

This year, for the first time ever, the Apprentice of the Year Award will be launched for Adult Learners' Week 2011. The award, sponsored by Niace and Pearson Work Based Learning, reflects the growing importance of apprenticeships and the Government's significant funding in the area. Nominations are now open. Niace chief executive Alan Tuckett said: "One reason Niace is keen to offer this award is to highlight the importance of well-trained staff to successful businesses. I want to encourage all employers to nominate those remarkable apprentices who have transformed their careers and had a overwhelmingly positive impact on your business."

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