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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Enstruct Training's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Enstruct Training is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.enstructtraining.co.uk

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
18 | ENSTRUCT TRAINING
Managing Director Keith Yates
Prioritising accessible
vocational education
In 2012, Managing Director Keith Yates recognised the need
for young people from across Leicestershire to be able to
engage with a vocational curriculum more relevant to their
needs. To do this, he established Environmental Studies Ltd,
which five years later merged with the Vocational Training
Enterprise Centre to form Enstruct. Keith explains that the
service, which delivers a range of accessible and alternative
learning programmes, is based on the key idea that not every
young person is “built for the classroom”.
At Enstruct Training we strive to enrich the lives of young people by offering
engaging and accessible alternative learning programmes in areas they would
otherwise not have the opportunity to explore. Our flexible approach allows us
to create programmes to reflect the individual needs of our learners, encouraging
the development of their self-esteem, confidence and their physical and
mentalwellbeing.
Our skilled and dedicated teams provide our learners with programmes that encourage
the development of valuable life skills such as resilience and risk management,
while increasing their knowledge and practical skills in the environmental,
construction and hair and beauty sectors. We aim to boost their desire to learn and
develop future opportunities for employment and further training.
Now a team of 23 experienced staff members, with a range of premises and the
resources to deliver high-quality and meaningful vocational education to young
people, we have sustained continuous growth throughout the years and now support
over 15 Leicester and Leicestershire schools with programmes across all key stages.
FACTS ABOUT
ENSTRUCT TRAINING
»Managing Director: Keith Yates
»Founded in 2017
»Located in Leicester and
Leicestershire
»Services: Engaging and
accessible alternative learning
programmes
»No. of employees: 23
»Enstruct programmes include:
»BTEC construction programmes
»BTEC hair and beauty
programmes
»Key Stage 4 environmental and
land-based accredited training
»Forest school and outdoor
learning programmes
»School grounds developments
»One-to-one or small group
employability and personal
development skills programmes
»Functional skills mathematics
and English
Enstruct Training
19ENSTRUCT TRAINING |
EDUCATION SERVICES
For KS1 and KS2 we provide forest
school and outdoor learning; for
mainstream classes or children needing
additional support with their learning
and/or as part of a reintegration
model, this is a specialised learning
approach that sits within and
complements the wider context of
outdoor and woodland education. At
KS3 and KS4 our learners have the
opportunity to study for qualifications
within the environmental and land-
based, construction or hair and
beautysectors.
Who do we support?
Our highly skilled and dedicated team
includes teachers, youth workers and
industry-trained professionals who
have actively chosen to join us to
share their experience, knowledge
and skills with some of Leicester’s and
Leicestershire’s most challenged and at
times challenging young people. These
students need additional support to
assist them with entering onto their
chosen future pathway and to find
coping strategies for their SEMH or
SEND and social barriers to education.
Our service is made up of different
branches that focus on appropriate
development from the age of four
to 19 years old. The vast majority of
our young people are between the
ages of 14 and 16, and it is these
young people who we find need the
most support to become inspired by
the world of work and to develop
aspirations for their future.
We find all too often that despite the
best efforts of other professionals
and their educational setting,
such young people have found it
impossible to engage with education
due to their special educational
needs and disabilities, SEMH or
societal experiences. Therefore,
they experience even more barriers
in accessing further education or
employment. The goal of our provision
for these young people is not only
skills accreditation but also to increase
their confidence and provide them
with the qualities needed to socialise,
putting them back on a level playing
field with their peers who have not
had to overcome suchbarriers.
We are inspired by our young people,
who show real grit and determination
to focus on their own development
and in spite of the external factors
that have a huge impact on their
lives. We are also hugely grateful to
the key staff members and principals
of the schools where our young
people are registered, who find ways
to look at a child as an individual
despite systemic pressure to prioritise
academia. Our colleagues see through
these constraints and allow their
young people the opportunity to
approach education in a different way
and to support them in contributing
positively to society and in enhancing
their wellbeing for when they have
lefteducation.
Embracing opportunities
to build resilience
We are inspired
by our young
people, who
show real grit
and
determination
tofocus on
theirown
development
and in spite of
the external
factors that have
a huge impact
on their lives
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
19ENSTRUCT TRAINING |
EDUCATION SERVICES
For KS1 and KS2 we provide forest
school and outdoor learning; for
mainstream classes or children needing
additional support with their learning
and/or as part of a reintegration
model, this is a specialised learning
approach that sits within and
complements the wider context of
outdoor and woodland education. At
KS3 and KS4 our learners have the
opportunity to study for qualifications
within the environmental and land-
based, construction or hair and
beautysectors.
Who do we support?
Our highly skilled and dedicated team
includes teachers, youth workers and
industry-trained professionals who
have actively chosen to join us to
share their experience, knowledge
and skills with some of Leicester’s and
Leicestershire’s most challenged and at
times challenging young people. These
students need additional support to
assist them with entering onto their
chosen future pathway and to find
coping strategies for their SEMH or
SEND and social barriers to education.
Our service is made up of different
branches that focus on appropriate
development from the age of four
to 19 years old. The vast majority of
our young people are between the
ages of 14 and 16, and it is these
young people who we find need the
most support to become inspired by
the world of work and to develop
aspirations for their future.
We find all too often that despite the
best efforts of other professionals
and their educational setting,
such young people have found it
impossible to engage with education
due to their special educational
needs and disabilities, SEMH or
societal experiences. Therefore,
they experience even more barriers
in accessing further education or
employment. The goal of our provision
for these young people is not only
skills accreditation but also to increase
their confidence and provide them
with the qualities needed to socialise,
putting them back on a level playing
field with their peers who have not
had to overcome suchbarriers.
We are inspired by our young people,
who show real grit and determination
to focus on their own development
and in spite of the external factors
that have a huge impact on their
lives. We are also hugely grateful to
the key staff members and principals
of the schools where our young
people are registered, who find ways
to look at a child as an individual
despite systemic pressure to prioritise
academia. Our colleagues see through
these constraints and allow their
young people the opportunity to
approach education in a different way
and to support them in contributing
positively to society and in enhancing
their wellbeing for when they have
lefteducation.
Embracing opportunities
to build resilience
We are inspired
by our young
people, who
show real grit
and
determination
tofocus on
theirown
development
and in spite of
the external
factors that have
a huge impact
on their lives
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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Why is our work essential for
young people?
There is ever decreasing access to nature
and green spaces for our young people.
Our practical environmental work and
its underpinning ethos of using nature
as our classroom is essential in raising
awareness of the impact our society is
having on the planet. Teaching young
people – who are vital to the push for
change and new strategies – in this
outdoor spaces fosters in them a sense
of responsibility for their community
and environment, be it local or global.
Our young people are key to
combating climate change, and the
only true way of increasing awareness
of this is to encourage them to see and
benefit first hand from their positive
actions by contributing to sustainability
and conservation projects.
Mental health concerns are on the
rise for young people, and we find
that our work encourages an increase
in self-esteem, allows them to
embrace opportunities for empathy
and empowers them to play a part
in improving their local community
and its assets. Our provisions help
our young people to focus on the
wider world and encourage them to
resist the draw of negative and risky
behaviours, instead providing them
with opportunities to concentrate on
their own mental wellbeing.
Our education system has for many
years forced schools to focus purely on
academic learning, disenfranchising
masses of young people who need to
learn through a kinaesthetic approach.
There is a recognised shortage of
young people with vocational skills.
In particular, our construction and
hair and beauty provisions and their
county-wide success aim to fill this void
and inspire young people to access
careers that provide vital services, thus
enhancing our society.
Some subjects, key to the enhancement
of society, can only be taught to their
full potential by putting hands into soil
or onto tools, and this sadly has been
undermined – possibly even forgotten.
With a rapidly growing demand for
educational health care plans to support
young people, one can only look to
current societal pressures and the lack of
funding available to children and family
services to explain the need for drastic
change to the educational and young
people’s sector. Foolish though it may
seem from our business perspective,
we welcome the day that young
people across Leicestershire no longer
need our support at EnstructTraining.
Our provisions
help our young
people to
focus on the
wider world
and encourage
them to resist
the draw of
negative and
risky
behaviours,
instead
providing them
with
opportunities
to concentrate
on their own
mental
wellbeing
Inspired and inspiring
young people

www.enstructtraining.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Enstruct Training. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development