Skills based training towards a variety of vocational outcomes
Skill based training naturally complements a cognitive development focused educational approach. It adds the necessary second dimension where the young person can develop skills in a wide variety of vocational areas in the security of a learning environment. The learning environment is vital because it provides opportunities for the repetitive practice of real world skills without real world expectations. It is this repetitive practice of increasingly complex skills that allows any of us to accumulate capacity and experience.
As in any learning environment there must be goals and standards, lesson plans, regular assessment and reporting to ensure valid and measurable outcomes for the trainees. Compass staff delivering skills based training will have either considerable expertise and experience in the field and/or will be supported in gaining suitable qualifications – TAA or similar. Compass Training programmes focus on providing genuine individualised access to a wide range of skills based content underpinned by certified nationally recognised courses. All activities are lesson planned, assessed and reports are issued at the completion of each semester. Compass uses some nationally recognised modules to ensure consistent standards of achievement for trainees and plans to become an RTO.
Behaviour management and social skill development continue to play an important part in the curriculum, to assist the young person in assimilation into an integrated work experience or employment setting. Some young people who complete their secondary education will prefer and be more suited to entry into the Compass Training programme and may bypass the education programme.
The Training programme can provide a springboard into a range of vocational opportunities through Compass Community Enterprises or Community Placements.