Following conversations with employer groups, internal stakeholders and the Jersey government, Highlands has now developed a brand new course framework, targeting future skills. Specifically designed to equip students with the knowledge, attitudes and values they need to thrive and shape their future, the framework has been developed in partnership with Edge and City and Guilds. It will be piloted at Highlands College from this September.
The new qualification reflects the recommendations outlined in the review and includes four modules, to be run as an integrated addition to students’ vocational learning. It will feature a blend of instruction, coaching and personal reflection, encouraging students to expand their competencies and engage with a range of external stakeholders, including local businesses and industry leaders.
Reflecting the topics outlined in the report, the course’s content will range from health and wellbeing to leadership in sustainability and global citizenship. The latter, for instance, outlines 17 sustainability goals that students must prove they have learned and can apply. This module will also incorporate themes ranging from diversity and inclusion, to climate and the environment, and the global economy.
While each module provides a deep dive into different skills, what really sets the qualification apart is its constructivist approach. Relying on mentoring and facilitation, rather than direct teaching in the traditional sense, the course is student-led, with learners having to gather evidence of their competencies throughout the programme in order to gain their qualification.