Further education is missing a huge opportunity to learn from the expertise and success of WorldSkills' training managers, a new report says.
The report, "Good People in a Flawed System", published today by WorldSkills UK, argues that embedding the experience and knowledge from those involved in the international competition would help the UK to achieve world-class standards in skills.
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The report argues that the system currently is geared towards competence, rather than excellence and that the WorldSkills training managers – the people behind the competitors – could be key in bridging that gap.
Learning form WorldSkills: eight recommendations
Incorporate some WorldSkills-specific time in curriculum development, and schedule team planning to utilise expertise.
- Further education institutions should allocate WorldSkills-specific budgets for training managers to allow them to exercise their expertise and practical wisdom.
- WorldSkills UK needs to work closely with the senior management teams (SMT) at each of the institutions where a training manager is employed to ensure that the SMT understand the training manager job role and requirements.
- Ensure that colleges and private training providers (PTPs), especially those that are not currently involved in WorldSkills, are part of a regional cluster to promote and develop WorldSkills opportunities. This would develop curricula and CPD opportunities to be used across all colleges and PTPs to spread best practice, knowledge and skills.
- WorldSkills UK needs to work with awarding bodies to ensure that training managers are involved in the development of awarding body qualifications.
- WorldSkills UK and training managers need to work with their individual institutions, college and PTP clusters to develop formal strategies and methods of succession planning.
- WorldSkills needs to develop an approach and strategy that allows for more ready mainstreaming of WorldSkills excellence into further education.
- Following the Augar review of post-18 education, increasing investment and resources in FE is crucial.