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How should our schools respond to the demands of the twenty first century labour market?

Young Britons are entering the labour market with more years of schooling and higher levels of qualification than ever before, but are struggling to find employment. Youth unemployment has steadily increased and it raises questions about whether young people are being adequately prepared for employment. This paper examines the views of eight key people with respect to the nature of employer demands and the implications this has for contemporary schooling.

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Authors: Carberry, Kay; Cheese, Peter; Husbands, Chris;
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Paper
Series name: Education and Employers Taskforce paper
Subjects: Labour market; Youth; Employment;

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Training for rail infrastructure workers

The aim of this project was to develop resources to support the delivery of selected units from the Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure. This report details: the processes for selecting the units of competency used as the basis for developing the resources; and how the resources were developed using the expertise of Subject Matter Experts from the industry and specialist instructional designers with processes which were managed by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council. The resources developed from this project consisted of a Participant Assessment Workbook, a Participant Guide and Registered Training Organisation Guide for each unit of competency included in the scope of the project. These resources can be adopted and adapted by rail operators which either offer the Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure national qualification in their own right, or work with external registered training organisations delivering the training on their behalf.

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Authors: Simons, Michele
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Industry; Teaching and learning

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Language, literacy and numeracy: the foundations of Australia's future

While focusing on the Australian and overseas context (Scotland and Ireland), the author planned to investigate, as a practitioner, to what extent current pedagogy and teaching practices in the vocational education and training (VET) and adult community education (ACE) sectors influence the outcomes of language, literacy and numeracy programs, either as stand-alone or shared delivery. The author focuses on adult native speakers with limited literacy and numeracy, and adult migrants from non-English speaking background (NESB). The key aims were to: (1) establish best pedagogy practices pertinent to two specific student cohorts: (a) current adult migrants who arrived in Australia as refugees or humanitarian migrants, mainly from Sudan and Afghanistan and who participate in education at Chisholm Institute; and (b) adults and native speakers from a variety of disadvantaged groups who have the potential to participate in literacy and numeracy programs and in VET training at Chisholm Institute; (2) further extend the research into the key drivers of Australian adult [language, literacy, numeracy] LLN policy in response to the National Foundation Skills Strategy (2012) and the call by Australian Industry Group and Industry Skills Council, which are looking at finding strategies for up skilling of the workforce of the future and focusing on increasing literacy and numeracy levels; and (3) investigate the benefits of using human and social capital in ACE and VET training, thus meeting Australian Government Skills Reform objectives of upskilling for the 21st century workforce

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Authors: Stapar, Suzana
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania; Scotland;
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Literacy; Language; Numeracy;

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Rules of engagement: the joint influence of trainer expressiveness and trainee experiential learning style on engagement and training transfer

[The authors] investigated the joint effect of trainer expressiveness and trainee experiential learning style on training transfer intentions. Extending prior research where trainer expressiveness has been established as a positive predictor of transfer, [the authors] show that trainer expressiveness is more impactful for trainees with high (versus low) experiential learning styles. Based on [the] findings, trainees' experiential styles - also related to one's intuition - emerge as important enhancers of transfer intentions, and should be considered in future research and when assigning trainees to learning. In addition, [the authors] found that the effect of trainer expressiveness on transfer intentions is mediated by trainee engagement.

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Authors: Rangel, Bertha; Chung, Wonjoon; Harris, T. Brad;
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: International journal of training and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Providers of education and training; Traineeship;

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Measuring self-regulated learning in the workplace

In knowledge-intensive industries, the workplace has become a key locus of learning. To perform effectively, knowledge workers must be able to take responsibility for their own developmental needs, and in particular, to regulate their own learning. This paper describes the construction and validation of an instrument (the Self-Regulated Learning at Work Questionnaire) designed to provide a measure of self-regulated learning (SRL) behaviour in the workplace. The instrument has been validated through a pilot study with a cohort of 170 knowledge workers from the finance industry. Results indicate that the five scales of the instrument are reliable and valid, testing a broad range of sub-processes of SRL. The instrument can be used to identify knowledge workers who demonstrate different levels of SRL in workplace contexts for further exploration through qualitative studies and could also provide the basis of professional development tools designed to explore opportunities for self-regulation of learning in the workplace.

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Authors: Fontana, Rosa Pia; Milligan, Colin; Littlejohn, Allison;
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Journal title: International journal of training and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Workforce development; Teaching and learning; Research

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Geographical and place dimensions of post-school participation in education and work

Aspirations have been shown to be a key influence on young people's engagement with post-school education and training. This research explores how aspirations are affected by where a young person lives. It finds that young people are significantly influenced by their educational and career 'inheritance'. By encountering educational cultures (new ideas or experiences) different from their own they are more likely to make life choices divergent from those they 'inherit'. Vocational education and training (VET) provides an essential pathway of choice to further education and work but the difference in status between VET and university pathways is an enduring issue. As has been identified in previous research, practical and financial constraints significantly impact on young people's aspirations and opportunities, while a particular concern for young people in regional and outer urban areas is tolerable travel to study distances.

Aspirations have been shown to be a key influence on young people's engagement with post-school education and training. This ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Webb, Sue; Black, Rosalyn; Morton, Ruth;
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Report
Series name: National Vocational Education and Training Research Program research report
Subjects: Youth; Participation; Vocational education and training;

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Lessons from a flexible learning program: the Brotherhood of St Laurence Community VCAL education program for young people 2010-2013

The Brotherhood of St Laurence 'Community VCAL' program is a response to widespread concern about youth disengagement from secondary education. Operating in Frankston since 2010, it enables 15-18 year olds who have encountered significant challenges to undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning [VCAL], a course which combines classroom tuition with vocational training and work placements. This report describes the evolution of this integrated approach to assisting young people through teaching, wellbeing and pathways support in a non-school setting.

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Authors: Myconos, George
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Series name: Community VCAL (Brotherhood of St Laurence)
Subjects: Youth; Secondary education; Vocational education and training;

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Collaborative e-learning in rail: final report

In a geographically dispersed industry such as rail, technology plays an important role in learning. This project sought to obtain an indication of attitudes towards e-learning and capabilities and capacities regarding technology. A portal was developed to allow for sharing of knowledge and communication between rail organisations and across the industry. Overall, the project showed that the future is bright for e-learning in the rail industry.

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Authors: Becker, Karen; Fleming, Julie; Jamieson, Kieren;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Industry; Workforce development;

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From work to training: case study on the design of a training standard

The approach of training based on competence has gained popularity as an alternative to the behaviourist approach based on objectives and much closer to the Taylorist conception on work. During the last decades, standards of professional activities have been designed using competences. These are competence, training and certification standards which highlight the relation between work and training and allow the personalisation of training and the mobility of workers. This article [sets out] to describe a training standard. Due to the fact that this instrument is not yet used in Romania, [the authors] present a mini case study for the occupation of manufacturer-assembler of textile fabrics.

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Authors: Cocorada, E.; Pavalache-Ilie, M.
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Romania; Europe
Journal title: Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Evaluation; Workforce development;

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Exploring learning of vocational education and training students in European countries

The paper explores the learning and working activities of vocational education and training (VET) students in seven European countries. The paper finds that: (i) there are large differences among the countries in the time spent in school; (ii) that learners spend very little time studying for school at home; (iii) interest in 'academic' school subjects is very low; (iv) much time is spent on socialisation and passive forms of learning; and (v) a large number of VET students are engaged in paid work. Drawing on both information process and social learning approaches the paper recommends that strategies for VET development - curriculum, pedagogy, institutional organisation and pathways - should be informed by a better understanding of the perspective of the VET learner as an individual with a range of activities, interests and attachments rather than simply viewing learners as customers or clients for VET provision.

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Authors: Pavlin, Samo; Stanley, Julian
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Austria; Germany; Latvia;
Journal title: Annales: series historia et sociologia
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning; Pathways;

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