Teach Too - Local collaborative projects

During the ETF funded Teach Too phase 5 programme, 9 local collaborative projects were funded.  Project case studies are available now below. Please note the case studies have been written by the projects.
County Durham – Engineering
Partners explored how emerging developments in the engineering sector are impacting on skills requirements in the local area and the need for a collaborative training system.
Employers and providers worked together to plan curriculum, deliver training in the classroom and in the workplace and provide work shadowing opportunities for teachers and trainers. About 40 teachers have benefited from workplace shadowing opportunities. In one instance, this has led to the employer training college staff on their equipment and then utilising the teaching skills of the college staff to deliver in-house training to their new employees. The project has also contributed to reduced unemployment in the area with individuals better prepared for the job roles available. 
East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton & Hove – Construction, Engineering and Digital technology
This project aimed to address several issues related to the labour market across Sussex including industries with retiring workforce, the rising number of jobs to fill in the coming years and the low number of technically skilled teachers and trainers across the area who are able to train the future workforce. Interactive joint CPD sessions brought together providers and local employers to improve the curriculum to meet current industry needs. Masterclasses were arranged to enable the development of more dual professionals in the area and to implement support for learners progressing into employment. A conference was held in March 2019 which disseminated the learning and aims to secure strategic endorsement of the project outputs. 
Greater Birmingham & Solihull – Manufacturing and Engineering
The strategic aim of this project was to integrate Teach Too principles into established plans, to develop an Institute of Technology. By developing Teach Too practice, the project built sustainable approaches to collaboration and improved progression into technically skilled careers for learners across Birmingham. The project supported local needs by addressing employer led improvements in technical education. This was achieved through a series of skills and knowledge transfer sessions between practitioners and industry ahead of the development of an enhanced curriculum.  
Greater Manchester (Tameside and Manchester) – Digital
This project addressed issues concerning the skills gap identified in the digital industry and businesses reporting a shortage of technically skilled staff with the right skills for the roles they require. Focusing on both technical and A Level courses, the project explored contextualisation, project-based learning and curriculum development through collaboration between providers and employers. The project was broken down into 4 phases, the first was to gage the current challenges, the second focused on rebuilding the curriculum, the third stage developed high quality teaching materials ahead of the implementation of an enhanced curriculum in the final stage.
Lancashire – Digital
The project focused on the digital sector, supporting post-16 providers as they embed Teach Too principles to strengthen their approach to T Level implementation. The Lancashire Colleges are working with local skills groups, including the LEP and Digital Lancashire to bring college staff together with employers to develop curriculum and pedagogic. Through feedback sessions, the project created classroom materials including a teaching aid for employers. The project aimed to address the forecasted rise in digital jobs that will require a workforce with the relevant digital skills. 
Newcastle upon Tyne – Digital 
The North East of England has experienced many changes in its economic landscape in recent years. Employers have had to respond to the changing workforce requirements which has left limited employment opportunities for SEND learners. Newcastle College worked with Newcastle Local Education Authority through this project to identify the skills shortages which have led to less employment opportunities in the area and collaborated to support progression into apprenticeships or employment for these learners.
Oxfordshire – Construction
This project brought together post-16 provision, strategic local skills groups and employers across Oxfordshire to develop a local approach to creating meaningful progression and employment opportunities.
The project focused on the construction sector, aiming to develop a mutual understanding of the skills gaps and the best ways to address them. This was explored via knowledge and skills transfer days between practitioners and employers. A curriculum roadmap was developed that will support longer term collaboration across the area.  
Surrey – Health and Social Care
This project was delivered across East Surrey and the surrounding areas and focused on aligning training in health and social care to the needs of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust and Health Education England to ensure the growing number of clinical roles required in the NHS over the coming years are filled with skilled staff.  CPD sessions and clinical training were provided to upskill teaching staff in the area, to support the alignment of provision to careers. Providers and employers jointly developed curriculum resources, learning activities, patient narratives and videos. A new module “care of the older person” was co-created by local stakeholders to meet local needs. 

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West Sussex – Horticulture
Employers identified training needs of the current and future workforce and worked with Plumpton College and other local providers to map these to gaps in the curriculum. Practitioners and employers also collaborated to deliver video training resources, which embeded summative assessment throughout. The resources are used by provider staff with learners on programme and in the workplace for staff development. This collaborative partnership devised solutions to local skills needs. One aspect of this has been to identify post-Brexit skills needs in the horticulture industry then to devise a local strategy to upskill and retrain the workforce to meet these needs.