4 Learning in the workplace and its implications for 14
19 education and training
The future of work-related provision within 14 – 19 education and training
Work-related learning is seen as an under-developed strand of 14 – 19 education and training, and all four home countries have ideas as to how it can be strengthened. In the past there has often been a lack of a clear rationale behind work-related learning initiatives, the role of general vocational qualifications, and vocational programmes within schools, and a hope that these programmes and initiatives could fulfil a number of partly competing alternatives. Any future proposals will need to be clear on the purposes of time spent at a relevant place of work, the place of vocational qualifications before age 16 and the motivational aspects of vocational learning. All these ideas will need further investigation.
What TLRP projects have learned about work-related learning, and its implications for 14 – 19 education and training
The major contribution to the debate about apprenticeship comes from a completed TLRP project on ‘Apprenticeship models in contemporary industrial society, which was a part of the TLRP Network on ‘Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace’. The project on ‘Techno-mathematical literacies in the workplace,’ while not focused on 14 – 19 education and training, has resonances in this area with ideas about how functional maths should be developed for those in this age group. The project on ‘Early Career Learning’ tracked the experiences of nurses, engineers and accountants who had recently made the transition from education and training to work and again, while the focus was upon graduates, more general lessons could be drawn about learning in the workplace that would be applicable to 14 – 19 education and training.