Teach Too - Local collaborative projects

County Durham – Engineering

Partners: County Durham Engineering Manufacturing Network, South Durham Enterprise Agency, Aycliffe Business Park Community, The Auckland Trust, Zumtobel Group, Black and Decker, South West Durham Training and Bishop Auckland College.
Partners are exploring 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 are working together to plan curriculum, deliver training in the classroom and in the workplace and provide work shadowing opportunities for teachers and trainers. By March 2019, 40 teachers will 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.

Our involvement in the Teach Too project has enabled us to reinforce, and further develop our links with employers within our local labour market. We have reviewed and refocused our collaboration with these employers to ensure that our learning programmes are high quality and have substantial and current vocational specialist content. This unique opportunity has enabled us to develop a curriculum offer that is aligned with employer needs to close any potential skills gaps. Our staff have been able to update their skills and for our learners this is instrumental in their development of sector specific skills to improve their employability prospects in a highly competitive market.

Elizabeth Lamb, Director of Quality, Bishop Auckland College

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

Partners: Sussex Council of Training Providers, Youthforce, The Aldridge Foundation, Sussex Learning Network, Skills East Sussex, East Sussex College Group, University of Sussex, University of Brighton, University of Chichester, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Plumpton College, Chichester College Group, Bexhill College, Sigta, Association of Learning Providers Surrey, Marshall Tufflex, Costain / CHM2, Laing O’Rourke, Kier, General Dynamics, Baxall Construction, CDS Electrical, GM Monk, Ellis Building Contractors, Cheesmur Building Contractors, Engineering UK (South East), Brightwell Dispensers, E-on (Rampion Offshore Windfarm), South East LEP (SELEP), Coast 2 Capital LEP (C2C)
This project aims 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 will bring together providers and local employers to improve the curriculum to meet current industry needs. Masterclasses will then be arranged to enable the development of more dual professionals in the area and to implement support for learners progressing into employment. A conference will be delivered in March 2019 which will  disseminate the learning and aims to secure strategic endorsement of the project outputs. 

Greater Birmingham & Solihull – Manufacturing and Engineering
Partners: Birmingham Metropolitan College, Aimhigher West Midlands, Alucast, Aston University, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City University (BCU), Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd, Continental Engineering Services, GBS LEP, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, HydraForce, Malthouse Engineering Co Ltd, Solihull College & University Centre (SCUC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, South & City College Birmingham (SCCB), University College Birmingham (UCB), University of Birmingham (UoB)
The strategic aim of this project is to integrate Teach Too principles into established plans, to develop an “Institute of Technology. By developing Teach Too practice the project hopes to build sustainable approaches to collaboration and improved progression into technically skilled careers for learners across Birmingham
The project will support local needs by addressing employer led improvements in technical education. This will be 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
Partners: Manchester Digital, Tameside College, Loretto Sixth Form College, Manchester Digital Employers Forum, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Institute of Coding, DWP Software Engineering Practice, STEM Learning/Ambassadors, Manchester Digital Student Ambassador Network.
This project aims to address 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 will explore contextualisation, project-based learning and curriculum development through collaboration between providers and employers. The project will be broken down into 4 phases, the first will gage the current challenges, the second will focus on rebuilding the curriculum, the third stage will develop high quality teaching materials ahead of the implementation of an enhanced curriculum in the final stage.

Lancashire – Digital

Partners: The Lancashire Colleges, The Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub, Digital Lancashire, The Lancashire Digital Routeway Network.
The project will focus on the digital sector. Four T Level early adopters play a key role in the project 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 will create classroom materials including a teaching aid for employers.
This project aims to address the forecasted rise in digital jobs that will require a workforce with the relevant digital skills. 

Newcastle upon Tyne – Digital 
Partners: Newcastle College, Newcastle Local Education Authority, Accenture UK Ltd, Balfour Beatty
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 will work with Newcastle Local Education Authority through this project to identify the skills shortages which have led to less employment opportunities in the area and collaborate to support progression into apprenticeships or employment for these learners.

Oxfordshire – Construction
Partners: Activate Learning, OxLEP; UCL: Institute of Education; Peter Brett Associates, Beard Construction, BMW MINI and Cisco
This project brings 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 will focus on the construction sector, aiming to develop a mutual understanding of the skills gaps and the best ways to address them. This will be explored via knowledge and skills transfer days between practitioners and employers. A curriculum roadmap will be developed that will support longer term collaboration across the area.  

Surrey – Health and Social Care
Partners: East Surrey College, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH), Health Education England
This project is being delivered across East Surrey and the surrounding areas and will focus on aligning training in health and social care to the needs to 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 will be provided to upskill teaching staff in the area, to support the alignment of provision to careers. Providers and employers will jointly develop curriculum resources, learning activities, patient narratives and videos. A new module “care of the older person” will be co-created by local stakeholders to meet local needs. 

West Sussex – Horticulture
Partners: Coast 2 Capital LEP, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council, Farplants Ltd, Growtrain Ltd, The Sussex Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board and Plumpton College.
Partners are working collaboratively to develop a set of resources which deliver high quality training for learners across the area.
Employers have identified training needs of the current and future workforce and are working with Plumpton College and other local providers to map these to gaps in the curriculum. Practitioners and employers are then collaborating to deliver video training resources, which embed summative assessment throughout. The resources are used by provider staff with learners on programme and in the workplace for staff development.
This collaborative partnership is devising 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.
A project participant commented “Teach Too is enabling a collaborative approach to maintaining stable local employment and is essential for the wider community and learners.”