Articles from Dr Simon Reddy

There are certainly things to celebrate about the continual improvement of quality in vocational education

Has anything changed?  As a plumbing teacher, I always thought it was unfair that the majority of full-time plumbing students had received training that would not prepare them for the challenges and problems of the workplace.

The Problem with Further Education and Apprenticeship Qualifications

World Skills Medal Winner, Plumbing Apprentice Dan Martins, is a shining example of what Further Education (FE) students can achieve. Indeed, FE offers many people chances to transform their lives and attain better wellbeing – so what is the problem?

Review of the ARPCE Conference

The importance of supervised work experience in apprenticeships

This article discusses the importance of apprenticeship 'time-serving' in the work context and its absence in general plumbing qualifications and Trailblazer in England. In the context of plumbing apprenticeships, time-serving may be understood as sustained employment doing technical and professional training under the supervision of a more qualified person.

The problematic shaping of the plumbing curriculum

The past three decades of policy have brought flexibility and inclusion to vocational education and training, aimed at benefiting pre-apprenticeship students, the unemployed and adult students changing career or upskilling.

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