Employer Engagement

Learning will be enriched in college through the use of technology in the workplace

Developing PROCAT as a digital leader, we need to understand the challenges and opportunities of digital technologies for teaching and learning. We also need to keep ahead with developments and trends in the FE and skills sector, as well as, being up-to-date in general policy.

Employer Engagement

For employability of our students, PROCAT need to be delivering e-Portfolios and digital skills. We must deliver on the recommendations from key strategic reports, for example, The Association of Colleges and the Association for Learning Technology have collaborated on a report titled "A summary discussion of the use of learning technologies in further education" Another is the FELTAG report

To succeed in the digital landscape, PROCAT needs to understand the changing needs of learners and employers and work with both stakeholders to ensure our courses are relevant. Technology has to be identified, that is relevant to our needs and we need to ensure, we have the infrastucture and staff skills required to deliver a 2020 vision for the future.

Work-based learning is increasingly an important part of further education curriculum. Many students at PROCAT study because they want to enhance their career and employment prospects through an apprenticeship. Digital technology will provide functional areas the opportunity to give their teaching programmes added value when it comes to enabling students to achieve a range of learning outcomes and for employers to be engaged in a three-way partnership. This includes co-ordination of off- and on-the-job learning and real-time oversight for employers of their employees’ progress.

Learning will be enriched in college through the use of technology in the workplace, for example, live streaming of industrial processes which can only be carried out in a live manufacturing or operational environment. These live sessions can be supported by live interviews with industry experts and live question and answer sessions with students, direct with the employer and workforce.

With the use of technology, learning can become far more opportunistic by students being able to ‘pick and mix’ their blended learning elements and take advantage of PROCAT’s unique partnerships with industry.

Blog Posts associated with Employer Engagement

Digital Learning Ambassadors LinkedIn

December 4th, 2015

Linked In Profile Check List

Guest Post by Digital Learning Ambassador Danny Crook Using Powtoon I have created this short clip to provide a check list for you to create a LinkedIn profile. This Powtoon clip has been created as part of the PROCAT Digital Learning Ambassadors scholarship to help students use LinkedIn effectively. This… Read More »


December 1st, 2015

Week 3 Powtoon Video Animations

Guest Post: Week 3 Challenge for Digital Learning Ambassadors – Creating Powtoon Video Animations In our third week as Digital Learning Ambassadors, we have been progressing our LinkedIn project at the same time as trialling a new digital tool. We were tasked with using Powtoon to create an animation video… Read More »

Digital Learning Ambassadors LinkedIn

November 25th, 2015

Week 2 LinkedIn – Digital Learning Ambassadors

Guest Post: Our Second Week as Digital Learning Ambassadors We have completed our second week as Digital Learning Ambassadors. Our focus has been on our LinkedIn project. We are using LinkedIn to help students develop a professional, digital footprint for finding jobs and networking. We also want to use LinkedIn… Read More »

procat digital learning fellowship project

November 16th, 2015

New System for Employer Funding Options

Website Shop to communicate funding options to Employers The digital learning fellowship project introduced a new system for quoting and charging employers for training. During visits to employers to discuss apprenticeship sign-ups, the advisers are able to use the web shop to clearly communicate funding options. The web shop enables… Read More »


November 13th, 2015

LinkedIn Charter

The team of Digital Learning Ambassadors at PROCAT have been set their first challenge to help our learners get the most out of the professional networking tool, LinkedIn. We will be using LinkedIn as a technical solution, in order to improve employment chances of our learners. Digital Learning Ambassadors will… Read More »

linkedin digital learning ambassadors

November 12th, 2015

Digital Learning Ambassadors and LinkedIn

Digital Learning Ambassadors at Prospects College of Advanced Technology will be working with learners, instructors and employers to introduce the use of LinkedIn as a useful networking and CV building tool. LinkedIn is a professional online network where people build their online identity and CV, which travels with them throughout… Read More »

dan-payne digital learning ambassador

November 11th, 2015

Dan Payne Digital Learning Ambassador

Meet Digital Ambassador: Dan Payne Hi, my name is Daniel Payne, this is my introduction post. I’m an IT Support Technician based at the PROCAT Basildon campus. I was asked to take part in the Digital Ambassador programme by Katharine Jewitt. Before joining PROCAT I previously worked at a local… Read More »

accessibility and inclusion digital tools

September 30th, 2015

Using Digital Technology for Accessibility and Inclusion

Sharing Effective Practice in Digital Learning About the Event #DigiLearnForum : Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) hosts a digital learning community of practice for the sharing of effective practice between Colleges, FE, HE, Schools, Employers and other interested parties. The events are free to attend. Attendees are welcome from… Read More »

why I social network by Katharine Jewitt

September 3rd, 2015

Why I Social Network by Katharine Jewitt

Why Social Networking is Good for You and Your Students It’s incredibly privileged for me to have had education be such an important and present part of my life. I am a lifelong learner and have continuously studied from school. I don’t see this changing any time soon. I am… Read More »

Digital Learning Ambassadors

September 2nd, 2015

Benefits of Linkedin

Using Linkedin to support learner progression into employment Linkedin is the world’s largest, professional networking platform. Abingdon and Witney College, funded by Learning Futures have created resources to help students use Linkedin to maximise professional networking with the ultimate aim to help them progress into work. The project has produced… Read More »