Wyre Academy delivers IT Apprenticeships and Talent Management Programmes via a blend of:
- Formal e-learning or classroom-based teaching towards high stakes qualifications
- Work-based learning
- Portfolio-based learning
- Guided reading programmes
At Wyre Academy we believe that Occupational Learning – when underpinned by the formal teaching of knowledge – is at least as useful an approach for knowledge and skills building as other study options available to young people and adults. Doing IT is a great way to learn IT!
We contrast Occupational Learning with Academic Learning and Vocational learning:
An Academic Programme Student (for example, an ICT or Computing “A”-Level student) focuses on acquiring knowledge in order to pass an exam or write an essay or research paper. Formal teaching towards underpinning knowledge is central. They are learning IT in order to know about IT.
A Vocational Programme Student (eg an ICT or Computing BTEC student or an Industry Certification Student) focuses on acquiring work-related knowledge in order to pass an exam. Formal teaching towards underpinning knowledge is core and classroom simulations are often central. Practical work-experience is sometimes considered to be a useful contributing element. They are learning IT in order to do IT later (when they finish studying).
An Occupational Programme Student (eg an ICT Professional or IT User Apprentice) is fully immersed in the working environment which requires the knowledge and skills they are learning. Formal teaching towards underpinning knowledge is usually considered to be a useful contributing element. They are doing IT (now) in order to learn IT.
At Wyre Academy, we deliver Occupational Apprenticeships which are firmly underpinned by formal teaching towards Vocational Industry Certifications (which require substantial Academic knowledge). We believe this is the best way to learn.