Mantra Learning merge their Traineeship learners with older learners participating in Functional Skills programmes. They can use their staff resources efficiently across more than one type of provision, which results in unexpected intangible benefits that tackle potential barriers such as leaner reluctance and leaner disappointment.
“When we had single age group Functional Skills sessions, there was a danger of disruption and unsettled groups. Tutors were aware of the volatility of young students when in groups of competitive peers.
“When we mixed the experience and wisdom of the older students with the enthusiasm and vitality of the trainees, there was a real feeling of camaraderie and respect that made it a success. Both the trainees and the older learners benefit from the interaction, sharing experience and humour.
“Mixing the age groups is perfect for mixing ability and skill and it gives balance.”
Jane Lowe, Functional Skills Tutor, Mantra Learning