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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: Dainty, A (Ed.), Proceedings 24th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 33–41.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: action research; learning styles; national vocational qualification; specialist trade operatives; work-based learning
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-1-4
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2008-33-41_Cano-Lopez_Copping_and_Bullock.pdf
  • 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 Councilís national benchmark requirement of 75%.