Awards recognise work-based learners

Bridging the gap between education and employment, Osborne Communities team have been instrumental in piloting a new work-based learning programme for young people.

Ashley and Connor have been with our Dacorum contract three days a week since September, spending the other two days in school studying towards BTEC qualifications in Life Skills which employers demand and students will benefit from throughout their career.

With the year coming to an end, we were invited to the first Work-Based Learning Awards Evening. The ceremony saw all students recognised and congratulated for finishing the programme, which is only the second of its kind in the country.

Connor, who will be returning to Osborne after the summer to begin an Electrical Apprenticeship, took home the award for “Placement of the Year” for his dedication, enthusiasm and success throughout his placement.

Hannah Bailey, Osborne Community Investment Manager, said: “With a skills shortage in the Industry, one of our key aims through our work in the local community is to encourage young people to consider a career in construction. The Work-Based Learning Programme has been the perfect way to achieve this and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the schools next year.

“Speaking with Ashley and Connor’s families about how much the young men have matured in personality, confidence and plans for the future was inspiring as it displayed just how much of an impact the programme has had.”

The cohort for the programme looks to double in September after the success of the placements this year.