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Anyone leaving school, faculty or college and hoping to work this summer time faces an unsure jobs market, with the financial system experiencing largest fall in employment for a decade.

But are some careers extra “pandemic proof” than others?

BTec pupil Harry Baker, 20 definitely hopes so.

He studied for a Level three BTec in well being and social care at Sheffield College, and is hoping to be awarded three distinction star grades and go to Sheffield Hallam University to check biomedical science.

“I’m hoping to work in some sort of laboratory to do research into diseases, and I imagine there’ll be a lot more focus on lab work now in the future.”

Harry says his course meant he needed to full assessed modules all through the 2 years of examine, making it a “very hands-on way of learning”.

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Harry hopes to analysis ailments in his future profession

In phrases of outcomes day, he feels the continual evaluation all through his course means college students like him “have less pressure than those doing A-levels, because we’ve being doing assessments all the time and have a good idea of what we’ll get”.

Health and social care is likely one of the topics seeing a surge in purposes for subsequent yr, in accordance with employees at Barking and Dagenham College in Essex.

The rise in purposes for programs embrace:

  • well being and social care, up 56% on final yr
  • electrical set up, up 15%
  • finance, up 74%

Barking and Dagenham pupil Antonela Rosewarne, 18, has simply accomplished the primary yr of her Level three BTec in public companies on the school, and thinks her finest probability of getting her dream job within the hearth service is to proceed learning and do the second or “extended” yr.

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Antonela went on a course team-building expedition earlier than the pandemic

At the beginning of lockdown, her tutors labored onerous to place the course on-line as finest they may. Some components of it labored properly, significantly the citizenship, psychology, criminology and variety components of the coaching.

But the course additionally focuses on group constructing, communication and bodily health, taught via group sports activities, trekking expeditions and fitness center work, and there was little the tutors might do other than advising the scholars to maintain up their health by strolling or working.

“I was pretty stressed at first,” she says.

“A lot of the course is practical, so I was worried about how it was going to go when we couldn’t do the practical activities.”

She says that having missed out on a lot of the sensible aspect of the course “dampens the achievement”, as teamwork and communication particularly “are key skills for people wanting to work in the public services”.

But regardless of coronavirus she is optimistic concerning the future: “There’s going to be a lot of changes with Covid-19, but I’m excited to meet new people and do new things.”

What are BTecs?

BTecs are vocational programs designed to develop sensible expertise – topics like enterprise, sport, and well being and social care are fashionable.

They are awarded by a non-public organisation, the training and coaching firm Pearson.

About 20% of college college students in England are accepted after learning solely BTecs, and one other 10% are accepted into larger training with a mixture of A-levels and BTecs.

They might be taken by any age group – the truth is, most are taken by these over the age of 22, and analysis by the Social Market Foundation discovered these {qualifications} had been significantly fashionable amongst white working-class college students.

While England, Wales and Northern Ireland have BTecs, Scotland has its personal Scottish Vocational Qualifications.

There are different vocational {qualifications} obtainable – comparable to City and Guilds and Cambridge Technicals supplied by OCR – providing a variety of programs.

How do the brand new T-levels slot in?

There are adjustments afoot on the earth of vocational studying, with this September seeing the introduction of a brand new qualification in England – the Technical or T-level – in topics comparable to accountancy, catering, finance, hair and wonder, and manufacturing.

T-level programs will likely be obtainable to college students after GCSEs and be equal to 3 A-levels – with a starred distinction being the identical as three As at A-level.

T-levels are being phased in some faculties in England, and can run along with different {qualifications} comparable to BTecs.


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