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

P Cano-Lopez, Alexander Copping, Kate Bullock

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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%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008: Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference
Pages33-41
Number of pages9
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event24th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management - Cardiff, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sep 20083 Sep 2008

Conference

Conference24th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Abbreviated titleARCOM 2008
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period1/09/083/09/08

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    Cano-Lopez, P., Copping, A., & 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)