ERIC Number: ED443957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Improvement in the Work-Based Sector: Summary Report. FEDA Comments.
The provision of work-based training in the United Kingdom was studied to identify strategies for developing and improving the work-based sector. Data were collected from the following sources: a literature review; a postal survey completed by 245 work-based training providers; follow-up interviews; and regional meetings. More than 64% of respondents had been running work-based government-funded training for 6 years or more. Many providers were working across a wide variety of qualifications and occupational areas. The study established that, despite the existence of examples of good and improving practice, new and more challenging standards for work-based learning are needed. The following areas were deemed priority areas for development: advice, guidance, and pastoral support; key skills; learning with information and computer technology; development of a self-critical, self-improving culture; leadership and strategic planning; and mandatory professional qualifications for staff. The following were among the recommendations emerging from the study: (1) teachers, employers, and career advisers should reinforce the legitimacy of the work-based route to qualifications and success; (2) providers need additional training to raise their own key skills levels above those they are teaching and assessing; and (3) detailed explanation of how practice may be developed and improved is required. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Certification, Change Strategies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Employment Experience, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Leadership, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Prior Learning, Private Schools, Professional Development, Program Improvement, Public Schools, Strategic Planning, Teacher Improvement, Technical Institutes, Trainers, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom