1st Year Apprentices Final

Confidence is high and it shows
Masonry Fixing Unit shots

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.

These are to be clad with plasterboard upright sheets and flushed with a 10mm gap in the centre

Ready for the project

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.

Measuring, Cutting and Installing as a team
Cutting a strip off

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.

Flushing up to Industry Standard and able to self assess
Almost done

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.

Cornice adhesive is applied to bondcrete patches on the walls
The adhesive goes on

SUMMARY

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.

Adhesive is applied to the next sheet area as a team
Readying for the next sheet

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.

Carefully positioning the first sheet
One down and 3 more to go

It all starts again

Stand up sheets dirct fixed to brickwork and flushed 1st year students

Touching up the finish

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About wallandceiling

I currently design, create and administer over 180 Moodle online courses as part of a project in tafeSA with the BJIT Business Services Team. This project has highlighted a need for training in Moodle and how to implement and maintain courses online. I have been a lecturer in Wall & Ceiling Lining (Drywall for Americans) in Adelaide South Australia involved in the CPSISC validation of the CPC08 National Training packages and the CBA Program to build capacity in assessment through the use of Action Learning and Assessment for Learning principles.
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