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.
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?
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 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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