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In the age of digital technology, BCoT is leading the way in ensuring its students have the digital skills needed to give them a head start in the world of work.
The College has created a unique digital team whose role it is to develop the digital and technical skills of all staff and students. They work with the latest online tools such as Google Classroom to combine digital media and traditional classrooms techniques to create a new method of teaching and learning. This means that all students, whether they are training to be mechanics or beauty therapists, are gaining the technical skills demanded by industry in the classroom.
As part of the digital team, BCoT trains Digital Apprentices in line with a county-wide initiative. The Apprentices are at the forefront of designing digital solutions to enhance the students’ learning experience. Sky Caves, a Learning and Technology Apprentice, works with lecturers to ensure all students across BCoT have access to digital learning technologies.
Sky said “The most exciting part of working with technology is that it is constantly developing and evolving. Things move at such an incredible pace and my role is to ensure that teachers and students get the very best from the digital tools we have at our disposal.”
Since starting her role Sky has run group and individual training sessions, taught the principles of Google Classroom to teachers, spoken at industry conferences and set up online communities to engage with other colleges and lecturers to support their digital journeys.
Scott Hayden heads up the Digital team at BCoT and says “The work they are doing is completely hands-on; after only eight months they are doing things which I never dreamt they’d be tackling. Speaking at conferences and working with industry leaders to use technology and share best practice is astounding. We’ve literally just scraped the surface on what can be done here at BCoT, it really is very exciting.”
Scott and his team also work directly with industry to identify which digital tools are being used in the workplace and bring these back to the classroom. This guarantees that students are working with the very latest technology demanded by industry and are workplace-ready at the end of their time at college.
To find out more and discover how you can be part of Basingstoke's digital future, come along to our Open Evening on Monday 15th May 4.30-7.00pm. To find out more visit bcot.ac.uk/open.