In 2020 the government will launch new technical qualifications called T Levels for 16 - 19 year olds. With one to three month work placements being an integral part of these programmes, learning providers are faced with the challenge of not only coordinating a large scale increase in placements, but sourcing enough placement opportunities from local employers in the first place.
We were approached by The Digital Guild, which upon receiving funding from UFI Charitable trust, asked us to help it build the UK's first country-wide database for work experience opportunities.
The web platform can help coordinate the end to end placement process for all involved:
We are working with Switchplane every step of the way to ensure the technology provides the very best user experience for learners, learning providers and employers. We are very excited to see the platform develop each week...
Armed with this technology platform, learning providers can approach T Levels with confidence. Furthermore, employers who have previously suffered 'placement fatigue' from multiple work experience requests can be re-enticed - with one location for them to advertise opportunities and find the best-fitting candidates.
Recognising the impact this platform is set to make, The Digital Guild has now been named as one of the Edtech 50 - an award recognising products and projects demonstrating effective and innovative use of Edtech in the UK.
"The Digital Guild platform sits at the heart of work placement programmes, enabling learning providers to build capacity to deliver the new T Level qualifications in time for their launch in 2020.
We are working with Switchplane every step of the way to ensure the technology provides the very best user experience for learners, learning providers and employers. We are very excited to see the platform develop each week, and a big part of our future roadmap is its capability to integrate with a college's existing CRM system via APIs" Kevin Jones, Innovation Lead at the Digital Guild.
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