East Kilbride & District Engineering Group Training Association Ltd (EKGTA) specialises in the training of modern apprentices at craft and technician levels in engineering and related disciplines. The Company provides practical and professional support to trainees undertaking technical training, health & safety training, computer based training, professional development and provides access to a broad range of vocational training & qualifications.
The Company works closely with employers and Scottish Enterprise, delivering the Government’s Skillseekers programme and addressing the training needs of over 100 businesses and 500 trainees from across the UK.
EKGTA have ambitious plans to change the face of vocational training by implementing the latest Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) technology to deliver improved and expanded training opportunities and widen access for learners (both individuals and Companies). The project described in this paper has the goal to streamline training and assessment, thus delivering efficiency savings and increased trainee throughput. The project is also expected to support the future delivery of new training modules and, given the VLE’s remote learning capability, aims to facilitate expansion in the UK and Overseas.
Much current research in this area has a theoretical focus that would be most usefully informed by such private sector case study data. The project therefore raises a number of challenges for the research team, including the opportunity to work in a sector that is relatively untested in the use of Virtual Learning Environments, the opportunity to explore the limits of the application of a VLE in this area, and additionally to apply techniques of organisational integration to a range of disparate activities within a Company. Further challenges will be met in measuring the effectiveness of the project deliverables.
|Keywords:||Change Management, Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), Vocational Training, Remote Learning|
Principal Lecturer in Business Information Systems, Faculty of Business, Computing and Information Management, London South Bank University, London, UK
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