Dynamic labour market spurs innovation in Calderdale College’s adult education approach
A dynamic labour market is leading to significant transformations in adult learning at Calderdale College, thanks to an innovative ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ education model introduced by the College’s Community Learning Manager, Naseem Aqeel.
Naseem’s approach, reminiscent of nostalgic sweet shop counters, allows adult learners to personalise their education pathways to suit their individual career ambitions and interests. This bespoke selection process aims to cater to the unique backgrounds, challenges, and ambitions of adult learners that traditional education models often overlook.
For example, in response to upcoming government policy changes, specifically the extension of free childcare hours from September 2024, the college is tailoring its curriculum to prepare its learners for the increased opportunities this shift will present. These policy changes are expected to create increased demand for skilled workers and introduce more individuals into the workforce, particularly those who were previously engaged in childcare responsibilities.
Naseem Aqeel, Community Learning Manager, Calderdale College
Our 'pick ‘n’ mix' approach is a team effort, with my colleagues, our fabulous learners, and the wider Calderdale community all playing a part. Together, we're making adult education fit the needs of real people for real jobs.
Naseem said: “Our ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ approach is a team effort, with my colleagues, our fabulous learners, and the wider Calderdale community all playing a part. Together, we’re making adult education fit the needs of real people for real jobs, right here in Calderdale.”
Looking to the future, Calderdale College remains committed to refining and expanding the ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ model. The college believes in the potential of this approach to make adult education more accessible, engaging, and rewarding for learners from all walks of life.
Naseem said: “The success of our model is not the end of the journey. We’re always adapting, engaging with local employers, and refining our approach to make sure our learners are best prepared for what’s next. In a rapidly changing world, we’re proving that adult education can be flexible, responsive, and genuinely make a difference in people’s lives.”
To start building your own pick n mix model, contact our Business Development team. The team are extremely skilled in curriculum planning and helping Centres overcome any obstacles you or your learners may be facing.