WHAT IS A STUDY PROGRAMME?
Students aged 16 to 19 are funded for an individual study programme aimed at providing a substantial academic or vocational qualification and work experience. Our Study programme is aimed towards young people wanting to learn more about the IT and Business Administration sector. We tailor the programme for each student and have clear study or employment goals reflecting the learner’s prior attainment. We want to give young people imaginative ways to develop, record and certificate a wide range of their personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.
WHAT DO I LEARN?
1) PC Maintenance and Repair – This is an entry point into the world of PC hardware and software maintenance. It is an ideal starting point for those who have an interest in PC maintenance and repair. You will learn about Computer Hardware, Maintenance and Fault Diagnosis of IT Systems, Testing IT Systems, Installing Software, Customer Support in the IT Environment.
2) CompTIA IT Fundamentals. This covers foundational IT concepts including identifying and explaining computer components, installing software, establishing network connectivity and preventing security risks.
3) European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) – ECDL is the world’s leading computer skills certification. The ECDL programme defines the skills and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications. It offers a wide range of modules including Computer Essentials, Word Processing and IT Security.
4) The development of functional literacy and numeracy skills. We will support you to reach functional skills at Level 2 in both Maths and English by the time you have finished the programme.
5) Employability Skills, Interview Techniques and CV Writing. Whilst there will always be job-specific skills that an employer is looking for, most employers will also want you to have some general skills. These general job skills are sometimes called “employability skills”. Having employability skills can help you get a job. They can also help you stay in a job and work your way to the top. If you score a job interview, chances are you’ll be asked questions about your job-specific skills and your employability skills. This will include Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Self-management. We will help you to create a CV that matches your skill set and that mirrors local employment opportunities. The aim is to ensure young people develop the skills that local employers need and as a result reduce the high levels of youth unemployment in the local area.
5) Work experience. We aim to support all learners into external work placements to practice the skills they have learnt. This enables the development of good employment skills and with support provides an environment which enables learners to build their confidence and understanding of the world of work. Where possible and appropriate, we endeavour to match the work placement to the learner’s employment and career goals.
This is what our learners had to say about their experiences.
Why were you initially interested in the programme?
Matthew N – I applied for some apprenticeships but was not successful and was then offered a place on the Study Programme. I wasn’t getting on well in college and this looked like a fresh start for me.
George M – I was interested because the course involved work experience as well as learning which offers a chance for an apprenticeship. I was successful at my work experience and was offered an apprenticeship with the same company.
What did you think of the training you received?
Matthew N – I feel the training was good and the majority of it very useful.
George M – I found the employability lessons and ECDL lessons very helpful as I learned much more about the work place and gained more experience and knowledge in interviews and ECDL.
John F – I think the training was great and the work experience was helpful. I found PC Maintenance and CompTIA IT Fundamentals useful as they taught me a lot about ICT that I did not know.
Michael F – The training has been fantastic, I have learnt a lot during my time at ITEC. They have helped me with more than just qualifications and knowledge; they have helped me with my confidence and professionalism around others. I have also gained work experience and have an idea of what it is like in a working environment.
What difference has the study programme made to you personally?
Matthew N – Communication, confidence and more intelligent in different areas. I have now started an apprenticeship at a company I like and I am really enjoying it.
George M – I believe that this course has given me much insight to jobs and has also helped me gain qualifications I did not have. It helped me gain confidence, which is important for the future.
John F – It has taught me a lot and shown me more about the possibilities and opportunities of an apprenticeship. It has helped my confidence when talking to others.