Vocational

At Venn Boulevard Centre, we provide a range of vocational learning opportunities for our pupils. Vocational subjects are courses of study that focus on practical applications of skills and knowledge required for specific trades or professions. These qualifications are different from traditional academic qualifications, as they are designed to prepare students for employment in specific industries or trades.

Vocational qualifications can be a great way for students to develop valuable skills and gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields. Our vocational subjects are designed to support pupils in achieving qualifications and engaging in learning by providing practical and industry-focused skills that are highly sought after by employers.

We offer a range of vocational subjects both delivered on site, such as hospitality, media, computing, and food technology, as well as through working in partnership with external partners. We believe that working with external partners helps to provide our students with a more rounded vocational experience that is reflective of real-world industry practices.

Some of the commissioned placements we have used and what they do are shown in the table below:

Commissioned Placement Description
Motorvation Provides hands-on experience in mechanics, car maintenance, and repair
Hull QPD Work towards Diploma Level 1 and 2 in Entry to Uniformed Services
Vulcan Offers training in hair and beauty and construction and building trades
Orchard Training Offers vocational training in construction and building trades, including plastering, bricklaying
Local Works Preparing the Young Person for the World of Work and Sporting Activities

We believe that vocational learning can provide a valuable alternative pathway to academic qualifications, and can help our pupils to develop essential life and employability skills.

By offering vocational subjects in a variety of industries, we aim to provide our pupils with the opportunity to explore different career options and find the path that is right for them.

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