About the Professional Futures Programme at Abingdon and Witney College
The Professional Futures Programme is a unique and innovative ‘Vocational Baccalaureate’ spanning all levels of the full-time curriculum at Abingdon and Witney College.
The programme is designed to foster entrepreneurialism, enterprise and work-ready skills, knowledge and understanding in learners through ‘live’ assignments and cross-curricular collaboration which reflects real-world, employer-driven demands.
‘Futures’ graduates will have more highly developed team working skills, be better prepared for their chosen careers and more employable than those students who have just completed an off-the-shelf vocational qualification.
The ‘added value’ of the futures programme will create ‘graduate attributes’ that are in line with key Government agendas to widen access to HE and to support economic growth through skills and training across industry sectors.
Fiona Morey, Assistant Principal (Curriculum) says: "We know that in these competitive times young people need to stand out from the rest when applying for jobs or university, and our innovative Professional Futures Programme is designed to ensure that they do just that."
The Programme has been very successfully piloted on our Abingdon Campus this year, and is being rolled out to all students based on the Witney Campus for the 2012/13 academic year.
As part of the Programme students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience, learn to run their own business, get involved in community initiatives and build impressive curriculum vitae.
Skills Minister, John Hayes says: "By equipping young people with practical skills and workplace knowledge, Abingdon & Witney College are helping them on the path to rewarding careers in their chosen field."