The AQA Unit Award Scheme

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Brighter Future Workshop is an AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) registered center for training.

“As from March 2013 Our students have achieved 1112 AQA awards, helping them top make more informed choices”

What is the AQA Unit Award Scheme?

The AQA Unit Award Scheme recognises student achievement across a wide range of subject areas and is used in approximately 1000 centers in the UK, such as schools, colleges, special education establishments, pupil referral units and hospital education services. The scheme provides students with formal recognition of their success in short units of work, ensuring teachers consider learning outcomes and assess by clear targets.

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Success is recognised on an ongoing basis through the issue of a Unit Award Statement, which outlines the outcomes demonstrated by the student in successfully completing a Unit. Each student receives a summary Letter of Credit which lists, by title, all the units he or she has completed. It can be used with students of any ability and of any age and this form of recognition for success has been shown to motivate students and improve their performance.

Below is a video of people with disabilities learning AQA skills in our workshop
These AQAs help us make a lasting impact on our disabled trainees with a combination of innovation, creativity and steadfast execution; we are attacking the root causes of critical social problems with great vigour.

Brighter Future as standard includes added value and integral part of our core values,  We believe that if someone has long term disabilities, arriving at our workshop with little life and community skills we don’t train them without first helping them to believe in themselves to function with a positive role within our workshop and the community in general.

Using these methods, those who many might have considered un-trainable can become highly motivated; given the right training, time and encouragement which can lead to playing a fuller role in society, enhancing their own lives and life skills, to enable them make more informed choices for themselves.
The integration of trainees is a large factor in making them socially aware and included. Each group begins to develop empathy about other people’s individual needs; they then focus less on their own problems and work together as one group, consequently forming a stronger bond.

The overall lessons learnt within this group are to be more tolerant and understanding of others and their needs. They are then able to take their new found skills out in to the wider community promoting better health and the feel good factor.
Our trainees are monitored using a personal support plan which takes into account their age, type and degree of disability; this will reflect in their individual capabilities. By providing a personalised record sheet to record their training and achievements, the supervisor can regularly assess the trainee’s development. After consultations with the student, and their mentor, if he or she appears to not be making sufficient progress, they will be given extra help to overcome their difficulties.

All trainees work towards obtaining accreditation certificates from the “Assessment and Qualifications Alliance” (AQA); this is a system that breaks down units into small parts of a given task e.g. removing batteries safely and testing them to a known standard and removing tyres, checking to ensure they are safe and roadworthy, and documenting their findings on to service sheets. On completion of each unit, trainees will be awarded an AQA accreditation.
Our aim is to help reduce the problems associated with long term disabilities. These problems include being disadvantaged, isolated, a lack of confidence, having little social contact more problems lives.

Mark and Peter award aqa

We promote social inclusion and seek to create a more cohesive society, where all individuals can participate and have an improved involvement in daily citizenship. This is achieved by working towards sustainable development providing new opportunities for individuals to become more socially independent and become community involved.

BFW is not just about conserving our resources: it is about helping to making changes in our community ensuring people can have better chances in life and have social inclusion within the local community. Sustainable development means building our communities so that we can live comfortably without consuming all of our resources.

BFW makes a positive impact on our local environment ecological footprint. Sustainable development creates long-term local economic stability by enabling people to regain their mobility allows them to use local shops and business; using this holistic approach to sustainability communities, helping to change their habits by working towards sustainable development to be the norm, not the exception, by co-operating in sustainable development.

We achieve our objective by defining our stakeholders actual needs instead of their perceived needs to ensure we could offer a first rate service with clear objectives. Prior to our opening while developing the policies & procedures for our workshop we worked closely with potential stakeholders, these include local and national bodies and charities forming working partnerships, e.g. Lancashire Education, Social Services, Mencap, MS society, local community centres, groups of disabled individuals, with a input from our staff and workshop trainees.

We needed to ensure every group of stakeholders would have the chance to discuss their particular needs, fears, requirements and expectations before they attended our workshop. e.g. No life skill, lack of mobility, would they be working in a group, as they had no social interaction and many more problems they face in daily life.

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