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Last updated: 13.06.14

Lifetime Awarding sponsors Virtual College’s new Active Leisure Career VOOC®

Lifetime Awarding is sponsoring ‘Working in the Active Leisure sector’, one of a suite of 10 Career VOOC®s (Vocational Open Online Courses) being developed by Virtual College to help keep careers guidance up to date and relevant for a new generation of digital natives. Each Career VOOC® is designed to provide career seekers with a free comprehensive, unbiased insight into working in a particular sector. Using the latest technology, including a range of multimedia tools, it will provide users with an introduction to key job roles, skills requirements and career progress routes. This particular VOOC® covers careers guidance around the active leisure industry. Key elements of this comprehensive guidance will include fitness instructing, personal training, active leisure and management as well as coaching and sport. On registration, users are allocated a range of Career VOOC®s. They have access to an exciting virtual environment where they can explore career opportunities and what various job roles entail. As a user completes a Career VOOC®, they can indicate their level of interest and access enhanced guidance – virtual careers advisor, further training opportunities, work experience and volunteering ideas. The VOOC® will also signpost local and national providers of skills development routes, including short courses, traineeships, apprenticeships and degrees. Whilst providing access to discounted further development opportunities including CV bolstering e-modules, employability and technical certificate e-learning resources. Lifetime Awarding is an awarding organisation working with education centres & employers to provide industry recognised vocational qualifications. Lifetime Awarding is an Ofqual-regulated awarding organisation working with FE Colleges, education providers, & employers to provide a wide range of industry-recognised vocational qualifications. Jerry Jarvis, Chair of Lifetime Awarding, commented: “Lifetime Awarding is already committed to assisting young people enhance their career opportunities. We are very enthusiastic about the Career VOOC® concept and how this will aid young people and adult learners to make truly informed choices about working in the active leisure sector. We look forward to working with Virtual College on Career VOOC®’s and other projects in 2014”. John McNamara, Managing Director of Lifetime Awarding, added: “We are determined to continue to develop our reputation as an innovative and responsive awarding organisation, and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to help learners understand the dynamics of the fast-growing active leisure sector”. The Active Leisure VOOC® will be promoted by and be available from Virtual College and Lifetime Awarding in September 2014. Virtual College will be announcing further sponsors in the coming weeks and months including International and National Employers, Sector Skills Councils and other awarding organisations.

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