Beaulieu Institute of Technology
Technology in Business
Jersey needs a more technically capable workforce equipped with a business mindset.
The government shift to focus on digital will require significant investment in training for every demographic in the Island. Digital technologies are permeating every aspect of life and those businesses with a more digitally capable workforce will thrive. We believe that IT and Business are fundamental skills for our Island and students looking to enter the job market should be literate in both.
The question of computing or ICT for business?
While it is important to demand higher standards in education, the recent removal of ICT as a subject has had an adverse affect on digital skills. ICT was recently replaced with the more technical and rigorous Computing curriculum. While strong theoretical understanding of Computing is vital, we feel there is still a need for more practical ‘business ready’ IT skills. At Beaulieu, we prefer to adopt a project based approach, which results in students gaining portfolios of work and valuable hands-on experience, making them ready to join the workforce immediately. This demand will be met by following the Cambridge Technicals in IT, as it pairs beautifully with our Business Studies BTEC course, for a set of well rounded and desirable ‘Jersey ready’ skills.
Our primary goal is to prepare successful candidates to join the local workforce immediately after course completion, whilst not limiting the option for further education.
Learners will gain A Level equivalent BTEC academic qualifications, whilst also achieving enough UCAS points to allow routes to University, particularly University College Jersey. We are able to do this by offering course combinations that complement each other, while remaining challenging.
As a non-selective school, Beaulieu has expertise in teaching a wide range of students, with superb results. We add significant value to all types of learners and are proud of the successes we enjoy.
Over the last ten years we have been Island leaders in technology and innovation. Even on a global level, we compete; from being the first Gigabit connected school in Europe, to our early adoption of Google Apps for Education on a world education platform.
We use all types of technology; Apple, Google & Microsoft are all used on a daily basis to build a solid platform from where our students are able to move easily in an ever-changing digital landscape. Our cloud approach to learning is another example of the pioneering use of emerging technology to enhance progress. While many schools are only starting to realise the advantages, we have been established users for a decade.