Key Areas for Action: Government & Educators
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A General Skills Curriculum Aimed At School Leavers
If we accept that there are a set of generic skills or attributes that most employers are looking for in their employees, it follows that a curriculum developed around these requirements could provide a solution - particularly in helping individuals become work-ready. An essential part of the curriculum should be the ability to learn.
Government Legislation To Drive Business Involvement
It should be compulsory for businesses to be involved in the design and delivery of professional education programmes, and governments should provide incentives for business to participate. Engagement between industry, policy and education is vital at every stage. Professional education can only meet its goals if industry clearly and continuously defines its demands.
A Greater Focus On Practical And Experiential Learning
Learning-by-doing has long been accepted as the most effective way of teaching someone a skill. Classroom-based teaching must focus more on practical exercises, group work and creative activities. To supplement this, there should also be a considerable increase in the time students spend gaining hands-on experience of the work environment.
A Code Of Conduct For Educators
Professional education providers should publicise clear definitions of the content and methodology of courses as well as better, more consistent descriptions of expected learning outcomes.
An International Quality System To Grade Professional Education Programmes
Governments and education providers/educators should instigate an internationally recognised quality assurance system to assess and grade professional education programmes. Benchmarking providers and course content will help to raise standards.
A Campaign To Tackle Negative Perceptions Of Professional Education
Governments should fund a campaign to rebrand the concept of professional education and address negative connotations directly. Both learners and employers should be more aware of the value of professional education programmes and the possibilities for employment this kind of learning creates.