To celebrate International Music Day this week, we wanted to highlight the success and dedication of BlueWhale Training, a music technology and multimedia training facility in Birmingham.
NCFE’s Training Provider of the Month, BlueWhale, has developed an excellent reputation for music industry training. Specialising in accredited music technology for a variety of learner groups, BlueWhale currently delivers the following qualifications:
- NCFE Level 2 Award in Music Technology
- NCFE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Music Technology
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies
- NCFE Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Animation
- NCFE Entry Level, Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Occupational Studies
- NCFE Level 1 in Investigating Enterprising Skills
BlueWhale’s ethos is about keeping their learners at the heart of everything they do, they work with young people to maximise their talent and potential. When learners leave BlueWhale, they are self-empowered, confident and more skilled.
Julie Simpson, Manager at BlueWhale Training, commented: “We aim to provide core and life skills using music technology at the centre of creativity. Every person who works with us is challenged to be artistic and creative; our approach includes motivational speakers, community engagement, peer working, and entrepreneurial development.
“We work with young people ‘at risk’, including youth offenders and those excluded from mainstream education. By using the medium of music we can unlock their potential and provide a positive, creative outlet affirming and facilitating changes in self-esteem, identity, self-worth and expectation, leading to lasting change and positive life choices.”
Julie added: “We are proud of our 100% achievement rate at BlueWhale and this is down to the flexibility of the qualification suite offered by NCFE. NCFE is consistently professional, we know we can always pick up the phone and our queries will be dealt with immediately, that level of service is reassuring and supports not only us but our learners and stakeholders.
“The qualifications offered by NCFE are excellent and give a range of progression options which suit our learners’ style and engagement needs. Many learners go on to study music in further education, or in to work within the music or promotion industry. We also have a number of entrepreneurial learners who have developed their own music content and have an extensive following of fans.”
Brian Pickthorne, External Quality Assurer at NCFE, commented: “We’re delighted that BlueWhale has been awarded Training Provider of the Month, NCFE strongly believes the arts have a fundamental place in education as they allow learners to explore different, creative ways of working and often lead to successful careers. Blue Whale consistently demonstrates exceptional practice, and innovative learner and teaching techniques.”