Tuesday, October 22, 2013

News: Rotherham college offers a range of creative apprenticeships

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Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) is offering a path into the creative industry with apprenticeships in Live Events and Promotion, Technical Theatre or Music Recording Business.

The college is also pioneering the use of a traineeship to help young people reach the entry requirements for an apprenticeship. In this example, a 12 week long course sees learners complete the Certificate in Employability Skills, Certificate in Enterprise, Arts Award along with maths and English functional skills.

Traineeships, which began in August with backing from the government, provide 16 to 23-year-olds with the skills, experience and confidence to compete in the labour market – helping them secure apprenticeships or other jobs.

RCAT also offers a 20 week traineeship for other areas which also help to develop business and customer awareness, problem-solving skills, team working and time management as well as interview and job application skills.

Learners will also earn a wage while learning if they successfully secure an apprenticeship up on completion of the traineeship and other benefits include access to industry standard equipment and contacts within the sector.

With one day a week in lessons at the college, learners will get the chance to use state of the art facilities, such as the Roland Academy music studios, working in the College's Studio Theatre, the new Technical Theatre workshop and in the Mac suite and music recording studios.

While some learners benefit from being taught in classrooms, these courses are designed to be more hands on where apprenticeships are trained by other workers and learn whilst on the job.

RCAT offers over 170 courses or apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds and over 200 courses for adults. In a recent report from Ofsted, the college is a "Good" college with two "Outstanding" areas: Construction and Visual and Performing Arts

RCAT website

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