Established more than ten years ago, Fair Train is the UK’s expert in the quality assurance of Work-Based Learning placements and in providing associated advice and guidance.
Our quality assurance and accreditation roles mean that we work closely, throughout the UK, with organisations of all types and sizes, in all sectors, which are involved in all forms of Work-Based Learning: traditional school work experience; study programme placements including T-Level industry placements; traineeships; internships; volunteering; and apprenticeships.
Our member organisations range from micro-businesses to global corporates, from special schools to independent training providers, NHS trusts, charities large and small, local authorities and Education Business Partnerships – and more. All are committed to the development of the UK workforce by delivering and promoting high-quality work placements.
Working with them on a daily basis, we are therefore always completely up to date with multi-sector best practice in all forms of Work-Based Learning.
We support our accredited members in expanding, upgrading or diversifying their Work-Based Learning provision and can offer consultancy to other organisations on request, from one-to-one sessions to workshops large and small.
We enjoy an outstanding reputation for the devising and delivery of our workshop sessions, with appreciation ratings well above 95%.
Examples of our consultancy work include:
A very popular consultation, normally as one-to-one or in a small group, this helps employers to get going with Work-Based Learning, building on the guidance offered in our extremely practical Starter Kit. Current examples of this include a large number of small care providers, both residential and domiciliary, as part of an initiative with Torbay Council.
Moving Up The Grades
For an organisation looking to progress from Bronze to Silver or Silver to Gold – bespoke sessions based on that organisation’s specific circumstances. A recent client in this field is the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
Current and Emerging Initiatives
We have recently devised and run workshops to bring employers, learning providers and facilitators (c. 40 organisations) up to speed with all aspects of T-Level Industry placements – the hot topic of 2020. The feedback was exceptionally complimentary, and we will shortly be working on a one-to-one basis with a number of organisations getting involved in the delivery of T-Levels and the related industry placements.
Our resources, which cover virtually all aspects of Work-Based Learning placements, are widely considered to be field-leaders and we are able to offer our services to produce bespoke resources of equally high standard for any organisation.
Bids, Grants and Partnership Management
(including Department for Education; Learning and Work Institute; AELP; UKCES)
We have experience in managing and delivering government funded projects, partnership management and research in the employability sector.
Our Work Experience Quality Standard itself was developed as a result of a UKCES funded project and our recent consultancy work has included, with Learning and Work Institute, conducting a call for evidence and analysis campaign for Department of Education which resulted in this major report and, working with Association of Employment and Learning Providers on guidance about the 16-19 study programmes.
Fair Train (Feb 2018)
AELP & Fair Train (Sept 2017)
If you are bidding in this sector, please do contact us to see how we might support your bid.
Our current partnerships include:
5-year partnership with Health Education England, working to increase the availability, uptake and quality of all forms of Work-Based learning in every type of NHS organisation across the country
2- year project with Torbay Council to prompt a significant increase in the offering and uptake of Work-Based Learning in social care – with a specific focus on “insight experiences”
Launching in 2020, a project with University of Birmingham Medical School and South Doc Services designed to significantly improve Work-Based Learning activity in GP surgeries.