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ERIC Number: EJ801310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Graduate Training: Evidence from FUSION Projects in Ireland
Hegarty, Cecilia; Johnston, Janet
Education & Training, v50 n5 p391-405 2008
Purpose: This paper aims to explore graduate training through SME-based project work. The views and behaviours of graduates are examined along with the perceptions of the SMEs and academic partner institutions charged with training graduates. Design/methodology/approach: The data are largely qualitative and derived from the experiences of graduates, company supervisors and University of Ulster staff involved in projects during 2001-2007 when 140 FUSION projects were undertaken across the island of Ireland. Findings: More job opportunities, changing job values and work ethic impact upon the uptake and success of FUSION projects. Employers, especially within growing SMEs, have adopted a learner-centred approach in order to maximise the benefits of the project for both the graduate and the company. Graduate development programmes continue to strengthen university-to-business links, which in turn ensures graduate output meets the needs of industry. Research limitations/implications: Data collected throughout the term of FUSION projects are reported; further analyses of stakeholder views post-project completion would provide further insight into the longer-term effects of graduate training upon career progression. Practical implications: This analysis proffers graduate reflections on "work-based learning". It serves key reminders for evaluating satisfaction with graduate development programmes presenting two key implications, pathways for better preparing graduates/SMEs and routes for enhancing the benefits of such projects. Originality/value: The paper focuses on research that seeks to enhance graduate training and placement experiences within SMEs. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom