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ERIC Number: EJ1141572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1359 6748
Improving College-to-Work Transitions through Enhanced Training for Employment
Papier, Joy
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v22 n1 p38-48 2017
Historically in South Africa, apprentice training towards artisanship in the engineering trades has been characterised by a sharp separation between theoretical studies undertaken in a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college and subsequent practical training undertaken in a workshop or through industry placement. TVET colleges have been critiqued by industry for the lack of practical training that supports theoretical study at the college, resulting in work placements where learners require extensive supervision and mentoring. To mediate this, an external agency, the Access Trust, a non-profit organisation in South Africa, offered students enrolled at TVET colleges in engineering trades, funding for additional practical training as well as in-course and job placement support to improve their chances of employment. Four student cohorts were recruited into college engineering courses in staggered intakes and completed a range of formal accredited theory courses, supplemented by industry-recognised practical training phases. This practical phase training is available at some TVET colleges but is not part of the formally subsidised training programme, is expensive to undertake, and has to be privately funded. This article reports on research conducted to gauge the impact of supplementary practical training on the employability of TVET college engineering graduates. The research focused on the design of the intervention that supported students in obtaining employment; the extent to which industry accords relevance to the theoretical curriculum offered by TVET colleges; and the curriculum enhancements implemented to address what were understood to be industry needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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