Individualised Learning Approach (The Three Ps) for a Small to Medium Enterprise through Work Based Learning

Baker, Shayne and Cathcart, Malcolm and Peach, Neil (2019) Individualised Learning Approach (The Three Ps) for a Small to Medium Enterprise through Work Based Learning. In: 22nd Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference: 'No future for old VET' Researching for the Training System/s of Tomorrow (AVETRA 2019), 17-18 June, 2019, Parramatta, Australia.


An ongoing challenge for education and training providers is to ensure learners can achieve maximum learning and recognition for their vocational education pathways. The strategy and case to be presented could best be described as the 3 ‘p’s approach to the provision of vocational education and training, that is:
I. How we support people in their education and training
II. What processes we use to provide education and training?
III. The place where the learning opportunities are provided.

The aim of this paper is to share an educational and training strategy that has been successfully implemented in an Australian enterprise. The strategy provided education and training for the members of the enterprise in a multidisciplinary manner from a certificate through to a degree outcome, entirely through work-based learning (WBL) pedagogy.

The research was conducted with six candidates (employees of the enterprise) through their educational journey applying a range of WBL activities including projects and initiatives to improve processes and performances in the workplace. Each candidate's program involved designing the learning component following an initial phase of review of their previous learning’s and qualifications with a learning advisor. This process was deemed as 'the learning review'. The other component of this phase was to develop a learning plan to encapsulate an area of study or disciplinary process that would be relevant to the individual candidate. This process was deemed as 'the learning journey plan'.

The second phase was for each candidate to prepare and undertake a problem based/research led learning activity through one or more workplace project/s with the support of the employer.

The final phase involved a structured review and development of a final project report to outline the outcomes and learning’s achieved through the work based projects.

The research undertaken included post-program interviews with the six candidates and the General Manager and provided an example of a relatable model for all workplaces as well as education and training provider.

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Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 04:34
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 00:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: work based learning, human resource development, workplace learning, high performance working, organisational capital.
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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