It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since we launched Community Connector, Bauer Academy’s learner enrichment programme. As we mark this milestone, we’re excited to reflect on the journey we’ve had so far and share some of the highlights from the past year.
Enriching Our Learners’ Journey
At Bauer Academy, we’re committed to providing our learners with more than just an apprenticeship qualification. We believe in equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and experiences that will not only help them succeed in their fields but also enrich their personal and professional lives. Community Connector is an essential part of this commitment.
A Year of Learning and Growth
Over the past year, Community Connector has become a thriving hub for our learners to engage in a variety of optional workshops and sessions. One of the standout features of Community Connector is the chance for our learners to meet tutors from across the Academy and interact with learners from different programs. These social opportunities are invaluable, particularly at a time of post-pandemic virtual learning. We’re incredibly proud to offer our learners a sense of belonging within the Bauer Academy community.
We’ve had the privilege of hosting numerous inspiring sessions throughout the year. Some of our highlights include:
Our learners had the opportunity to gain insights from Rebeca Frank, the Content Director of KISS FM. Her experiences and wisdom were shared in an engaging Q&A session, providing valuable industry perspectives.
Neill Smith, a Senior Programme Lead with over a decade of on-air experience as a Bauer radio presenter, hosted a professional skills development session. This workshop, titled “Fader Up, Fader Down,” focused on workplace confidence, a vital skill for success in any profession.
Neill; “Even as a presenter, I’m not ‘on air’ all of the time. I definitely walk the line between extrovert & introvert and designed this session to help those who feel more introverted and intimidated by the louder voices in the room. It’s about re-defining confidence and knowing how and when to turn it on when needed, without feeling the pressure to be permanently visible!”
Simon Long, our Director of Learning Solutions, led a CPD session for learners to understand and start building their life-long development strategy. This session aimed to enhance their professional skills and knowledge, equipping them for a successful career journey.
Simon: “We believe everyone has the potential to learn and develop new skills regardless of career stage. A commitment to lifelong learning (or continuous professional development) is essential for professional development and personal wellbeing”
Sue Timson, Senior Programme Lead, conducted a self-enrichment session called “Self-Coaching for Success.” This empowering workshop provided tools, strategies, and transformative self-coaching techniques to revolutionise self-improvement and investment.
Sue: “Community Connector brings learners across different programmes together and for me, as a Programme Lead, those learners bring a new perspective and a fresh outlook to each session. I love to share the core skills of coaching with just about anyone who’ll listen! Self Coaching for Success gives our learners the time and space to practise those skills by focussing on their own goals.”
In 2023, our learners rated our Community Connector content 4.7 out of five and gave an overall delivery rating of 4.8 out of 5. These sessions represent just a glimpse of the incredible learning and networking opportunities Community Connector has offered in the past year.
At Bauer Academy, we understand the importance of listening to our learners. We’ve tailored our sessions according to their needs, preferences, and aspirations. As we move forward into 2024, we’re thrilled to continue building and delivering content that resonates with our learners. We eagerly anticipate welcoming more learners into the Bauer Academy community and helping them on their path to success.
Thank you to all our learners, tutors, and the Bauer Academy team for making Community Connector a thriving hub of knowledge and connection. Here’s to another year of learning, inspiration, and achievement!