Qualifications, particularly for League Tables for 2017 and beyond, require a great deal more employer and trade body involvement. This involvement needs to be in the design of the qualifications as well as in the worth of the qualifications over their life cycle. At TLM we have always involved employers and employment bodies in the design and support of our qualifications. We have a page on our Learning Site with the letters of endorsement for each qualification that we offer. For each of our qualifications, in line with DfE recommendations, we have either support from a representative organisation, i.e. we have support from LPI and OSC for our Open Source qualifications or support from NAACE for our IT and Computing qualifications. In addition, we have support from recognised companies, such as the endorsement from Mott MacDonald for our Design, Engineer and Construct qualifications.
The following are a few representative comments about our qualifications taken from the endorsement page.
"The technological advances in built environment processes have opened up an unprecedented opportunity for young learners. The Design, Engineer, Construct! curriculum provides much needed insight to the range of careers in construction so often ignored or undiscovered, and instills excitement and enthusiasm in teachers and students alike. As an employer of some of the world's most respected engineers and construction professionals, Mott MacDonald is proud to support it. parents can be confident that their children are studying an industry backed programme which can provide a valuable route to a professional career, and the chance to make their on contribution to the sustainable agenda."
Keith Howells, Chairman
We have been working closely with TLM and the LPI to develop, support and deploy a range of qualifications. The TLM qualifications provide the perfect blend of industry recognised skills, academic rigour and practical challenges to develop our apprentices and young people across the North West. We helped develop the 'Open Systems IT management' and 'User Skills in Cloud Systems and Services' and endorse these TLM qualifications along with the additional qualifications on this site. We are also working with TLM on further qualifications in Linux and networking skills which are essential in the industry we lead. We will continue to offer our expertise and guidance to make sure the qualifications are challenging and suitable for the digital sector.
We as a business are passionate about digital skills and plugging the gaps. The TLM qualifications provide the ideal programme of study to help schools and colleges develop the next generation of digital natives.
Aaron Saxton, Director of Training and Education
"The Certificate in Open Systems Management covers a number of the core skills that we would look for both with any new IS employee we recruit but also in the skill set from any IS development partners we use. I believe this qualification would be an advantage to any candidate that we may recruit as well as also giving us confidence that any partners we use have skill sets in this area if they can demonstrate their resource has this qualification. We fully support an open source software qualification as a mechanism for improving a resource pool that is currently quite scarce."
Dancan Waugh, Head of Rail IS
"Our members are keen to support government policy on ICT for public services by raising the levels of understanding of the importance of open systems while developing the transferable knowledge and skills required of modern digital citizens.
We can see from the evidence that the TLM approach will reduce costs for schools compared to equivalent qualifications while maintaining practical support for progression and "skills in context" as well as knowledge and understanding. It is clear that the brightest students can be stretched while maintaining motivation and supporting progression for the lower attainers. The moderation and verification system using cloud technologies will make the transition to new approaches to teaching computing affordable and manageable and fits well with the NAACE culture."
Mark Chambers, CEO