It is hard to believe that the 1st years are at the end of their training for 2011. Though looking at their progress I can see the growth in skills confidence and maturity. Tasks that seemed miles away from their capabilities are tackled without fear and provided we handle them in the same way next year and introduce more engagement with their thinking and experiences at work I really feel the new delivery strategies are effective.
Questioning and interaction has been increasing between the students, myself and their employers even. The self and Peer assessment has meant that they are all looking at how everyone is doing things and making up their own minds on the way that suits them and get the best result. So that is a definite win, win.
An amazing bunch of guys to work with and to watch achieve competency in so many units in one year. They deserve a round of applause if only I could do it on here, I guess I could too..
As 1st years their flushing and fixing is up to Industry Standard, thought their speed is down but only slightly and that will increased rapidly for now on too.
Now as 2nd years we will begin to add the missing pieces to their guild knowledge and skills in more complex areas. Wet Areas, Passive Fire Rated work, Grid and Screw up suspended ceilings, Partitions, penetrations and ornamental arches.
This year has been a pleasure for me, great people to engage with who are willing to make mistakes and learn quickly from them. They take direction and come to their own conclusions, perfect…
To finish off the year’s training, it has been a satisfying and rewarding experience and the usual displays of anti learning behaviour did not rear its ugly head. No returning from breaks late, arriving late and wanting to leave early, that made a real change.
So dramatic was the change that several times I had to send them home at the end of the day because they were still working.Now that is a real altering of the patterns of the past. Now to get them more computer literate using spreadsheets to do quotes, more on-line research and learning units in our Moodle site and prepare for the second year of their and the arrival of the new first year apprentices.
It all starts again