Comalco Weipa: an exemplar for vocational education through apprentice and trade training models

Lynch, Paul, Baird, Stuart, and Rea, Joe (2017) Comalco Weipa: an exemplar for vocational education through apprentice and trade training models. In: [Presented at the 24th International Conference on Learning 2017]. pp. 1-11. From: 24th International Conference on Learning 2017, 19-21 July 2017, Honolulu, HI, USA.

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Purpose: This paper anchors Theme 6, Adult and Professional Learning, of the 24th International Conference on Learning (2017) within the Vocational Education literature pertaining to apprentice and post trade training. The array of approaches to skills development are noted to deliver a strategic template for melding with emerging adult learning technologies.

Method: A four-stage industry based mixed methods reflective case study that encompasses vocational education processes and outcomes across diverse demographics was deployed. Stage 1 examines the rationale for setting up an apprenticeship/trade training model at a remote mining site at one the world's largest bauxite mining operations. Stage 2 unpacks the annual apprentice recruitment process - 1000+ applications, analysis of test bank results, multi-city interviews and final applicant selection process. Stage 3 scrutinises the site based apprentice training system. Stage 4 introduces site based trade training model.

Findings: By 'looking forward, looking back', the analysis of Comalco Weipa data establishes a benchmark for vocational education, apprenticeship and trade training models. Data analysis morphs into a 2017 prototype encompassing digital teaching and learning methodologies that weave into existing employee engagement exemplars.

Conclusions: The line of reasoning emerging suggests that if one does not take note of history then one is forever locked into repeating mistakes. There is no logic in placing 2017 technologies and methodologies over less than optimum vocational education and training systems/models. One must understand where one has been. That is, looking forward, looking back.

Item ID: 49723
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: Comalco Weipa, vocational education, apprenticeships, trade training
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Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 03:58
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services @ 30%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment @ 30%
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