It is “Day 5” of the apprentices training and the most frustrating of all. Why because I am not at work to see the final stages of “Week One, Year One”.
The week has led to an incredible improvement in student engagement, high overall standards of work and an even level of competence achieved by all students. “Remarkable”
The main difference between skill and experience levels is that the more experienced students finished their work faster but to the same industry “level 4” standard. They did not have better quality finishes. Confidence has increased and with the positive feedback given and received all students seemed to advance well and remained engaged for the whole week.
Friday morning sessions in class have a summative assessment, open book (“So not to threatening for them”) covering all the topics from the week,
both in the theory and practical sessions. The AIM to gauge the general knowledge about the industry, materials, OH&S, and practical aspects of their work places. Not too many mysteries there either.
The students completed the general Guild Knowledge assessment in the morning session, gave and received Peer & Self Assessment on completed work in their bays and demolished the workbays, disposed of the waste materials and cleaned up the site.
Their feedback on the course was interesting it was better than school, more freedom and interesting. We learnt a lot and are looking forward the next weeks training. Wooo, that is something, thinking about next time already.
Students saw a clear picture of competence in the YouTube video of flushing a recessed joint and has acheived competence in the week, no it is up to them to seek out the practice they need to be able to speed up to the workplace pace of a qualified tradesperson. (“some already are at that pace”) They just need the consistency of quality under all situations and conditions.
A successful outcome all round, for the students, for the CB-A trial, Action Learning and Assessment for learning. Something to report to the final presentation CB-A session 30th June 2011.
Weekend starts NOW…… Cheers