Kickstart have been working with Horizon Care to deliver vocational training across two school sites.
Along with a varied and engaging program, work placements in the industry have also been organised
to enhance students learning.
Kickstart deliver OCN L1 training twice a week. The program includes mechanics training on motorcycles and cars. Lucinda Grant (Deputy Head) commented that:
"Weekly lessons have encouraged students to re-engage with their education. We therefore see the course as a valuable part of our curriculum*"
(Lucinda Grant, October 2017)
Kickstart were approached to deliver Alternative Provision to Key Stage 4 students who had an interest in mechanics. They needed a vocational trainer that would deliver at the school removing the cost of organising staff and transport to an offsite provision and offered a recognised qualification through practical activity and was cost effective.
Kickstart delivered OCN training one day a week. The program was paid for by the schools Pupil Premium Fund. Paul Archer (Headteacher) comments on the service:
"Engaging hard to reach pupils and giving them a qualification too - this has been what AP is all about! Thank you! *" (Paul Archer, January 2020)
Kickstart Academy is a PRU that caters for KS4 students. Pupils here had an interest in vehicle maintenance, but had struggled to work with other training providers. The Academy were looking for a flexible provision that could meet the specific needs of their students and that was cost effective.
Kickstart delivered OCN training one afternoon a week. The program included intermediate motorcycle maintenance and repair, garage health and safety, communication and team building. Mark Hazlehurst (Deputy Head) comments on the service include.
"A flexible and bespoke provision" with "the students positively engaged. A get your hands dirty approach really worked for our learners*". (Mark Hazlehurst, July 2016)
*Photographs and quotes used with kind premission