OCR’s push to help all young people to reach their full potential by developing relevant qualifications in critical areas such as employability is closely aligned with the changes highlighted in the CBI’s end-of-year report. This report provides an update on progress within education to address under-achievement and follows on from the CBI’s original report, ‘First Steps: A new approach for our schools’, released back in November 2012.
In line with the recommendations made by the CBI, OCR has pioneered qualifications in areas such as Employability and Entrepreneurialism, as well as a wide range of post-16 maths and English options, to help and motivate many different learners to progress. In addition to the National Enterprise Challenge, OCR is also directly supporting lots of exciting projects for school-age entrepreneurs. We are working with organisations such as Ahead Partnership, a social enterprise based in Leeds, which has recently won Lottery funding for a flagship programme which promotes a wide range of entrepreneurial activities between schools and businesses. Among our other initiatives in this area is work with individual football clubs and with the Premier League Enterprise Academy, designed to increase the opportunities for young people to demonstrate and develop their business skills and entrepreneurial spirit.
OCR believes it is vital to help young people to acquire the skills and knowledge that prepare them for employment and realities of working life. By working directly with employers, we’ve made sure our updated Cambridge Employability qualifications address the right soft skills and the ‘characteristics, values and habits’ identified by the CBI, that are needed to function and flourish in the workplace.
Our new Being Entrepreneurial qualification can reward young people’s entrepreneurial spirit. Alongside a variety of OCR English and maths qualifications – GCSEs, Functional Skills, Cambridge Progression and (coming soon) new Level 3 Core Maths qualifications – which ensure that learners can continue to develop these skills regardless of their programme, OCR is committed to helping young people to successfully bridge the gap from school or college into work.
Find out more about OCR’s vocational qualifications which can help young people to get ready for the world of work.