City & Guild college engagement with employers award - Wiltshire College Case Study

Wiltshire College equine courses work with partner businesses to deliver all practical aspects of the training via current industry practitioners in context within industry.

This practice gives learners access to skills in the context of employer expectations. Off-site practical yard duties, husbandry and riding sessions allow learners to develop their yard skills safely and under supervision to standards required by industry. A wider range of specialisms can be experienced based on placement rotation.

Disciplines expected by employers such as punctuality, attendance, work ethos and skills have been enhanced by this engaging system of exposure to employers. The employment destinations for these learners has been outstanding, as has the achievement rates at L3 Technical level.

Wiltshire College has a pilot Industry placement project and the equine experience has been used as ‘best practice’ for departments who are new to placing learners in industry. Links between the technical qualification and the WEP have been shared with other land based tutors who are now on technical qualifications.

Rotational placement allows students to develop the widest possible skills as well as forging relationships which help them to gain aspirational employment within the sector.