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Introducing an innovative approach to supporting work-based learning for specialist trade operatives


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Cano-Lopez, P., Copping, A. and Bullock, K., 2008. Introducing an innovative approach to supporting work-based learning for specialist trade operatives. In: Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008: Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference. Vol. 1. , pp. 33-41.

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Abstract

This paper reports on the outcomes of a three year action research project which involved developing a new approach to delivering work-based national vocational qualifications (NVQ) (level 2 and 3) to specialist trade operatives. It reviews approaches to qualifying the workforce and argues that NVQs give greater efficiency in terms of time and cost than traditional college-based training. At the end of the project a culture shift in employer and employee towards formal qualifications was observed within the sample group. In addition, the awarding Further Education College had moved from a position of solely centralised construction training to one which allowed flexibility in its delivery style. Prior to this project an achievement rate of 25% was recorded. At the end of the three year project completion rates raised to above the Learning Skills Council's national benchmark requirement of 75%.

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Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsCano-Lopez, P., Copping, A. and Bullock, K.
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
StatusPublished
ID Code30403
Additional Information24th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008; Cardiff; 1-3 September 2008.

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