What is it?

Vocational Tasters offer learners an introduction to a range of employment sectors. Ideal for learners following an alternative progression route, these courses help learners to make progress towards their personal learning and career aims.

Increasing learners’ knowledge of different employment sectors will help them to make informed and long-lasting decisions about their post-16 destinations.

The Construction Vocational Taster contains modules in: General Construction Operations; Bricklaying; Carpentry and Joinery; Painting and Decorative Finishing; Health and Safety in the Construction Sector; and Careers in the Construction Sector.


Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 14 and 19 (as well as adults and younger learners, where appropriate).

Vocational Tasters are multi-level, meaning that the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible, multi-level programme
  • Internally moderated
  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activities
  • Can count as up to 3 of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes
  • Can count as up to 6 of the credits needed to achieve CoPE
  • Also offers progression to AoPE and Wider Key Skills

Requirements

Students present a portfolio of evidence of their activities.

This portfolio will contain:

  • completed Construction student book and evidence of challenges completed
  • planning and reviewing documents
  • record of progress
  • summary of achievement, identifying skills development

Student Book

This vocational taster contains six modules, corresponding to different aspects of Construction:

  • General Construction Operations
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Painting and Decorative Finishing
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Sector
  • Careers in the Construction Sector

Download sample pages from the Construction Vocational Taster student book.

Each student must have their own book, which registered centres can purchase online.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the Vocational Tasters are added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.


ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Vocational Tasters, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 

Certification

Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN, using the form in the members area.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.

What Next?


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