Roaring success for Idsall School's Skills Centre
PUBLISHED: 13/08/2014 | UPDATED:13/08/2014 09:12:07
Shropshire’s Idsall School Skills Centre, has gone from strength to strength in its four years of providing automotive courses.
Initially offering courses for Year 10 and 11 pupils, the centre has moved forward to provide for Year 12 students. Looking ahead, Idsall School is now aiming to open up opportunities to Year 13s through Level 3 qualifications. Course Tutor Dean Barnsley commented on the feelings surrounding the course as “very confident” from both staff and students. This is reinforced by the high levels of automotive and technological skills being experienced by pupils, combined with real world preparation from staff.
Through the development of close working relationships with local employers, such as Euro Car Parts, the centre has successfully placed seven students on apprenticeships. The Centre has worked tirelessly over the last four years to provide students with the most realistic automotive employment environments, encouraging staff to bring in their own vehicles for students to carry out a range of tasks, in a quality controlled setting.
As part of the Level 2 VRQ programme, the Skills Centre will be offering a six week experience placement, with local garages, to further develop the knowledge and ability of their candidates, to continually promote confidence within students. The VCQ was implemented last year and this September the IMI Level 1 Engineering qualification will be offered to twenty two students. The growth in interest and expansion of qualifications available clearly shows that Idsall has a bright and prosperous future ahead.