Our Coventry Alternative Provision (CAP) (previously known as Work Related Learning, or WRL) has had a massive impact throughout the years when it comes to offering young people a brighter future, particularly those who have had difficulties fitting into the traditional school system. These students are taught in a different building to all of our adult training courses. The programme is a trusted, proven, credible alternative provision for KS3 and KS4 learners.
What do we offer?
Our program is the reason we often are in close contact with worried parents inquiring about ways to help out their children. We strive every day to provide a better future for the younger generations, and our friendly educators with decades of experience are trained specifically to teach a wide variety of Level 1 trade skills that will help them build a future of their own.
We provide an effective hands-on learning experience, creating a tangible difference with young adults seeking education outside of the school curriculum. Our program promotes independence and confidence in learning, and it offers the chance for young people to gain new interpersonal and practical skills whilst working towards Nationally Recognised Qualifications. In addition to that, we teach young people an array of soft skills such as communication skills, people skills and teamwork skills, as well as how to abide by the fundamental British Values and sustainability concerns of today’s world.
Our lessons are mostly practical, set in a work environment that allows each unit to follow a scheme of work that suits students who have been out of education for a while, or students who struggle to concentrate amongst peers. By using theory lessons, workbooks and an individual portfolio, our aim is for each and every student to be able to showcase their progress upon completing all of their the practical work.
Students can expect to learn the following:
1. How to start work in construction
2. Health, Safety & Welfare in construction
3. How to work as a team to move and handle resources
4. Developing hands-on skills for trades such as:
- Construction Painting
- Building Maintenance
As an addition to our practical and theory lessons, we try to encourage the students to participate in team building exercises to help them understand the necessity of communication and teamwork in the construction area.
We also support individuals to complete their CV along with developing their interview skills and techniques to allow them to hopefully gain a college placement, apprenticeship or work. We are currently working with the European Social Fund and Routes to Ambition, a specifically designed course, to enable NEET students to attend the training centre and access our wide variety of learning opportunities. This gives students a unique opportunity to access functional skills resources using the BKSB teaching system.
Site Safety and Construction Health & Safety (CSCS) training and testing are expected to be completed by all students who engage on our courses.
While most of our students are individuals looking to train for a career in the building trades, we often train pupils recommended to us by various local councils and schools, who view our programme as a reliable alternative to the traditional school system.
Local schools we are partnered with include, but are not limited to:
- Coventry College
- Coventry Extended Learning Centre (CELC)
- Cardinal Wiseman, Cardinal Newman
- Finham Park
- Coundon Court
- Barr’s Hill
- Bishop Ullathorne
- President Kennedy School
- Sidney Stringer Academy
- Stoke Park School & Community Technology College
Schedule & Duration
With a schedule of Monday to Friday (09:30 – 15:00), the course is offered to year Nine, Ten and Eleven students (depending on time remaining for year 11 students this may result in engagement only)