You might find it hard to imagine a group of young people, left disillusioned by school, suddenly deciding that they want to go on to higher education. That’s exactly what happened with a group of young Key2Apprenticeship (K2A)students from GMLPF member Mode Training when they visited Staffordshire University. One of Mode’s popular K2A courses is Music Technology – students get a taste of what life would be like producing music, DJ’ing or being part of a band – even if they didn’t get any qualifications at school. The course is designed to help young people gain the skills they need to start a career in the music industry
Pathway to university
During their time at Mode, students can achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Music Technology, but that’s not quite enough to get them onto a university course, and many don’t see higher education as something suited to them anyway. The team at Mode are setting about changing that view and the training centre, based on Sefton Street in Liverpool, is developing a pathway to university. Students who complete their level 2 Music Technology will be able to progress onto the Level 3. This qualification will provide an entry route to a degree in Music Technology, as an alternative to the traditional A-level route All that may sound like a bit of an uphill struggle for students who weren’t over enamoured by their school years, so when Mode were invited to visit Staffs Uni they took 15 K2A students along.
Solid career path
Lee Garry, a former K2A student who now works as an assessor with Mode explains: ‘The degree focuses on practical skills and the students we took to the university realised the facilities and the teaching were fantastic.’ Whilst the students were visiting they got to produce a music track so that it was release-ready. Lee adds: ‘The atmosphere at the uni was very different to school and our students were excited about the studios being available round-the-clock. They came back even more focused and feeling that a degree and a solid career path was something within their reach’.
Wesley Tagoe at Mode added: ‘The music production course at Mode has a track record of success with many former students going on to become self employed in the music industry; and soon we hope to see some progressing to university. The earlier young people come to us for help, the more effective we can be in securing their future’.
Mode Training is just one of many places young people can access training, support and qualifications. Nobody should be put off getting in touch even if they didn’t succeed at school or get any qualifications.
The Key2Apprenticeships programme is for 16-18 year olds. Anybody who wants to discuss their future is urged to get in touch on 0151 707 8775 to find out what courses are available. Whilst on a K2A course, benefits aren’t affected, lunch is provided and some providers will also meet travel costs.
The Key2Apprenticeships programme is funded by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation [GMLPF].