PBD to provide maths and English training for learndirect
The UK’s largest training provider, learndirect has engaged PBD to deliver maths and English GCSE training to its Early Years Educator apprentices in the UK.
PBD launched its programme of online GCSE courses with personal tutor support a year ago and achieved exceptional results in the June 2015 examinations. All of those sitting English, and over half of those sitting maths, achieved the C grade or above which they need to count in the level 3 ratio under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Ross Midgley, PBD’s managing director, said “We are very proud to have been selected for this prestigious contract and have already appointed six new specialist tutors to look after learndirect apprentices. All our students study online from specially created video modules on our virtual learning environment, and consult a personal tutor when they need help in the form of a webinar or Skype tutorial.”
He continued: “As a result of post election cuts in spending, maths and English now only attracts government funding when delivered as part of an apprenticeship. Because college courses start only once a year and are not popular with many adult learners, training providers such as learndirect are turning to PBD’s online courses as an alternative. By subcontracting their GCSE provision to PBD, they can access specialist training while retaining control of their own apprenticeships.”
learndirect is the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services with more than 23,000 people starting apprenticeships each year. It is also the UK’s largest provider of early years apprenticeships.
PBD, which delivers early years training to apprentices around the UK, has been at the forefront of the campaign to achieve consistency between the maths and English rules in the Early Years Foundation Stage and those for apprenticeships. Last year it launched judicial review proceedings against the government, resulting in the acceptance of iGCSEs and the abolition of the ‘five year rule’ that imposed a shelf life on GCSEs and older qualifications such as O Levels.