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How to move your post-16 tutorials and traineeships online for 2020/21

Details: Written by Benjamin Atkinson |

With so much uncertainty and disruption to classrooms, it has been difficult for many learning providers to deliver their key post-16 tutorials in recent months.

This has especially been the case for delivering tutorials in personal development, social awareness, and employability skills.

Having previously relied on face-to-face delivery, it has been hard to engage students during lockdown, especially in areas such as career development, CV presentation, employability skills, self-development, mental health, and safeguarding.

Likewise, it has been tricky for many colleges and training providers to deliver the key ‘workplace preparation’ training which forms a vital part of traineeship programmes.

This non qualification-based learning is both crucial to delivering planned post-16 tutorials for Employability, Enrichment, and Pastoral (EEP) hours, and key to underpinning traineeships.

So, with this in mind, The Skills Network (TSN) would like to support you in planning for a more blended online approach to your tutorials as you look ahead to 2020/21.


Embedding online content into your post-16 tutorials and traineeships

The Skills Network (TSN) can support you to deliver online content for your post-16 tutorials or traineeships as you finalise your curriculum plan for the next academic year.

Our brand new online ‘Essentials Programme’ comprises 30 hours of online learning material for post-16 students, including:

Career development

  • Job search skills
  • CV presentation
  • Interview preparation
  • Identifying a range of career routes.

Social awareness

  • Current affairs
  • Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Mental health
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Alcohol, substance abuse and sexual health.


  • Referencing styles
  • Effective essay writing
  • Setting targets for study
  • Effective revision techniques
  • Techniques for effective learning.

This content will enhance your students’ personal development, employability skills, and attitudes for life and work.

It is mapped to the latest Ofsted Framework and will help you to deliver the mandatory tutorials that every 16 to 19-year-old must complete, whilst also being suitable for traineeships and Key Stage 3 and 4.

How can Essentials benefit your college, sixth form or training organisation?

The new online ‘Essentials’ programme can help you to deliver a more blended approach to your post-16 tutorials or traineeship programmes.

However, there are also a number of other benefits, such as:

Flexible online content for distance delivery

‘Essentials’ has trackable, self-paced and auto-assessed online content. This allows your students to complete key learning between sessions, or alternatively, you can deliver online tutorials to students remotely (perfect for traineeships!).

Catch up with any learning missed during lockdown

With contact time and class sizes likely to be limited when restrictions ease, ‘'Essentials’ can be an effective way to build in non-qualification (EEP) hours to your Study Programme planning. 

Better engage your students

The content is delivered in a variety of different learning methods, including videos, drag and drop exercises and quizzes, to help keep engagement high and improve student experience.

Manage teaching time more effectively

Teachers’ time is stretched already; this approach allows you to save time with lesson plans and resource preparations. Subjects such as safeguarding and online awareness are continually being updated, and ‘Essentials’ gives both teaching staff and students access to up-to-date online learning material. With 30 hours of online tutorial content for students, you can focus your teaching time on ‘stretching’ student understanding on tutorial topics (i.e. interview preparation).

Find out more

We’d love to have a conversation with you and discuss how ‘Essentials’ can benefit your tutorial delivery for the next academic year.

To find out more information, please click here.