New diplomas introduce work experience to potential students Two consortia in Birmingham are preparing to pilot the new Secondary Diploma lines in ‘Engineering’ and ‘Creative and Media’. The new Diplomas are being designed alongside industry, equipping young people with the skills employers need and the ability to go on learning throughout their lives.

The consortia are making links with employers, designing work experience placements and ensuring that the learning facilities for the Diploma course are linked to industry. The Engineering consortium take pupils to see what work experience will be like at Land Rover, and pupils considering the Creative and Media Diploma take a tour around a Higher Education college, where they will be taught by industry professionals and use professional facilities. Meanwhile the teachers from the Creative & Media consortium go backstage at the Birmingham REP to see what work experience could be like and to discuss a working experience via an online resource.

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