Learning Trades, sister company to Open Arms based in Escomb Bishop Auckland strives to deliver a high-quality effective and inclusive alternative provision placing its students at the heart of everything it does. We offer alternative provision for young people displaying a wide range of complex behavioural issues, including those who are at risk of exclusion and those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Aside from providing functional skills English and maths what makes learning trades really shine is it Pearson BTEC qualification in construction skills. The BTEC qualification incorporates both theoretical and practical aspects of construction. BTEC have a proven track record of improving motivation and achievement and provide progression routes to the next stage of education or to employment.

 We do this through high quality teaching and learning based on effective, real relationships that enable the achievement of life skills and meaning meaningful qualifications, allowing the student to create for themselves a world they deserve. We support our students to realise their full potential, to know their strengths and removing perceived Limitations, to connect with and succeed in the world around them, achieve academic and vocational targets and progress into education, training and areas of employment they are passionate about.

BTEC Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Entry 3 and Level 1 qualifications are designed to enhance learners work and life skills in a range of vocational contexts. They are appropriate for a diverse range of learners.

Learning trades turn off its students a Pearson BTEC qualification in a range of construction skills such as;
Developing plumbing skills
Developing electrical installation skills
Developing joinery skills
At four credits and 40 hours guided learning each subject

Producing a timber product
At 30 credits and 30 hours of guided learning

Preparing for an interview
Interview skills
Producing a product
At one credit per subject

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We expect all our students to achieve Pearson BTEC level one award and those who retain upwards of 13 Credits will receive a BTEC ‘certificate’ in construction skills.

As well as academic studies we feel that our students often need nurturing. We do this by covering aspects of personal and social education and often involve outside agencies to talk to our students.

Careers guidance is important and staff help students with writing CVs, interview techniques and college applications.

In all, we hope that students leave learning trades with a new school academic success and ready to face the post 16 world.

£70 per student a day
Students can attend Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)
Lunch is included and Breakfast is offered to those who require it.

9:30am to 2:30pm