Students and Apprentices Require a Framework
What we do is provide a framework for students and apprentices to connect all learning experiences with job performance expectations
Know the problem
Attending school, gaining industry qualifications and interpreting workplace expectations is a minefield for young people. We need to consider the consequences of promoting the importance of one over the other.
We Need to Re-Value Workplace Learning
History of learning on the job
For centuries before the rise of educational institutions, everyone learned on the job. An aspiring blacksmith learned his trade by working alongside a master craftsman as people did in other industries and jobs. On-the-job learning is still happening today however through a combination of factors it has been swept aside and discounted as a valid process and consequently devalued.
The reality is the workplace provides the environment for people to make mistakes and to correct them. It is this process that is fundamental to effective learning and vitally important in developing competence to perform tasks in a specific job role. The modern approach has been to leave the workplace and attend training. However the workplace is the environment where knowledge is applied.
Structured vocational learning
Student’s have the option to learn and value workplace learning for employment with work experiences.
With apprentices there is a high priority to ensure off-the-job and on-the-job learning are equality respected and clearly understood by all stakholders. The added benefit for students is they can learn skills and understand performance expectations that apply in any occupation or job role.
Be Bold- Step Up To The Plate
One of the major influences that led to the devaluing of on-the-job learning has been the focus on the word “Training”. Governments, bureaucracies and industry have developed training packages, established qualifications for trainers and assessors, and invested large amounts of money to support training providers and business to train industry people albeit with poor results.
Without getting into an argument about the best way to transfer knowledge, on-the-job or off-the-job learning, it is the workplace where the adaption of skills and knowledge is confirmed when it comes to developing competence.
The added benefit for students is they can learn skills and understand performance expectations that apply in any occupation or job role. It is a win, win, win for the student, their school/RTO and the workplace.
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