Contextualising vocational programmes to match institutional and industry settings
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- Sean Squires
- Barry Dawe,
- Andy Kennedy
- Tim Jagusch
- Peter Sauer
- Barry Patterson
As a resource to assist other educators to implement a programme developed in one context into different sites and settings, this project will offer a range of strategies to customise qualifications.
For successful outcomes in full time and managed apprenticeship training programmes within ITPS, there has to be commitment from all three key stakeholders: employers, trainers and learners.
A full time training programme with a work experience element is key to building strong relationships with work experience providers and employers, who are often, but not always, one and the same. These relationships, in turn, foster collaboration across a diverse sector assisting to keep programmes relevant and current.
If we wish to build a collaborative environment of trust across the automotive training sector, relationships and communication between providers must follow a similar pattern to that afforded to learners and employers. The potential outcomes achievable from a larger group of industry and educational experts collaborating on development and delivery of programmes resulting in consistently high quality graduates will provide the best possible training option for any industry.
Interestingly, post-project, as the collaborative group expands and the consortium comes near its end once development is complete, a new focus is emerging for an improved repair industry, with better outcomes, consistency and portability for learners from their training experience. This will, in turn, contribute to improved sustainability and relevance for ITPs as Automotive education providers.
Looking beyond this particular project, the consortium has now been extended from the original four ITPs to include CPIT Aoraki, Tai Poutini and Otago with Waiariki (Rotorua) and Unitech Institute of Technology (Unitech) (in negotiation as co developers and consortium members post TRoQ).
On the cusp of welcoming these additional partner organisations, it has been timely to explore the teaching and learning features which have proven learner benefit and which might assist automotive programmes to be sustainable in a changing tertiary environment.
The project team is grateful for the support of Ako Aotearoa which has made this possible, and look forward to sharing the outcomes with colleagues across the wider vocational sector.
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