IfL Vocational Masterclass Programme
Applying world class learning to further education through competition
During 2012/13, the Institute for Learning was engaged by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to work with trainers and coaches from the UK WorldSkills team, to offer a series of vocational masterclasses to colleges and work-based learning providers.
The UK WorldSkills team has been increasingly successful in preparing competitors from many vocational areas to win medals in the international World Skills competitions. At WorldSkills London in 2011, they won five gold, two silver and seven bronze medals and the UK came fifth in the international ranking.
Supported by IfL, the UK WorldSkills team worked with colleagues in the further education sector to explore what could be learned from WorldSkills competition techniques (technical skills and personal coaching) to help all learners to benefit, whatever their vocational area or level of skill.
Importantly, also, WorldSkills trainers and coaches often work as teachers and trainers in the further education and skills sector, in addition to their responsibilities for training competitors to the highest levels. They understand both worlds.
Organisations which have taken part in WorldSkills competitions have demonstrated the positive impact they can make on teaching, training and learning, leading to evidence of improved student retention, staff motivation and higher inspection grades.
The next WorldSkills competition will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.