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Presented at EDEN Conference, Gdansk, Poland: June 2009. Authors: Dr Alan Bruce; Joe Kelly

Presented at EDEN Conference, Gdansk, Poland: June 2009. Authors: Dr Alan Bruce; Joe Kelly

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  • 1. Innovative In-company Learning Initiatives in Ireland: learning to learn through collaborative partnerships Dr Alan Bruce Joe Kelly Universal Learning Systems, Dublin EDEN: Gdansk, 11 June 2009
  • 2. Contexts: Irish employment transformation
    • Decline of agriculture
    • Uneven tradition of industrialization
    • Labor market restriction - emigration history
    • National policy initiatives
    • Role of education and training
    • Impact of globalization
  • 3. Impact on competence and skills framework
    • Ability to cope with sustained levels of competitiveness
    • Impact of advanced technologies
    • Legislative and standards based requirements
    • Social partnership
    • Focus on innovation, flexibility and adaptability
  • 4. Learning requirements in Irish employment
    • Customer focus
    • Quality
    • Contribution and responsibility
    • Technical skill - innovative adaptation
    • Motivation
    • Progression
  • 5. Identified gaps
    • Need for upskilling
    • Adaptation to rapid change
    • Implications of altered demographics
    • Lack of structured framework
    • Weak tradition of valued applied learning
  • 6. Challenges for innovative work-based learning
    • Access : redesigned learning
    • Relevance : market conditions and personal development
    • Support : assessment, guidance, mentoring
    • Benefit : measurable enhanced competence/ ROI
    • Structure : complexity, duplication, certification
    • Personal : confidence, ownership, multiskilling, adaptability
  • 7. Waterford Crystal
    • Iconic brand
    • Largest Irish private employer (to 1995)
    • Global market
    • Quality focus
    • Centre of change
    • Boom to crisis
  • 8. Background
    • Founded 1783
    • Re-founded 1947 (Bacik and Havel)
    • Tradition as leading Irish employer
    • Growth years 1950-90
    • Reputation: profile, quality, tradition
  • 9. Focus on production
    • No traditional training/education policy
    • Response to change limited
    • Traditional recruitment
    • Job for life - static products
    • Crisis and re-focus
  • 10. Focus on learning
    • From employment to employability
    • Development of in-company Learning centre (1996)
    • From craft to techno-art
    • Learning and training policy
    • Design and ergonomics
    • Developing learner buy-in
  • 11. Focus on innovation
    • Technology and access
    • Gender
    • Investment and resources
    • Social inclusion
    • Learning and HR
    • Visitor Centre
  • 12. National initiatives
    • Excellence through People (Fás) 1996
    • Positive to Disability (NRB) 1997
    • National Training Award (IITD) 2000
    • Third level linkage and progression
    • WIT
    • UCC
    • NCI
  • 13. EU Projects
    • Crystal Now 1996-98: skills and access for women
    • CODE 1999-2000: disability and innovative learning
    • New Start 1998-2000: guidance for adult learners
    • KTCEP 1996-98: IT support and technology in manufacturing
    • Voltaire 1998-2000: on-line training for staff
    • Sesame 1999-2001: factory to university progression
    • Prospero 1999-2002: Virtual design platforms
  • 14. Learning: course topics
    • Quality
    • Customer service
    • Health and safety
    • Engineering technology
    • Diversity management
    • Virtual design
    • ICT
    • Communications
    • Teambuilding
    • Business awareness
  • 15. Cascaded learning
    • Employers ( IBEC, Jobnet Southeast )
    • Government ( Fás, Enterprise Ireland )
    • Community ( Ballybeg LDF, FPD, DMEC )
    • Academia ( UCC, WIT, FHTW Berlin, Koge Business College, Univ. of Applied Science, Vienna )
  • 16. DETE In-Company Learning Initiative 2003-06
    • Funded by In-Company Training Measure of EHRDP and DETE
    • Developed out of Waterford Crystal experience and achievements 1995-2002
    • Designed to meet immediate and future needs of employees
    • Design and delivery of accredited learning responses
  • 17. Project Focus
    • Innovative progression route
    • Provision of certification in on-job contexts
    • Foster competence and self-confidence
    • Provide added value to all stakeholders
    • Establish innovative and flexible delivery systems
    • Networking for wide range of companies
  • 18. Employers involved
    • Waterford Crystal
    • Bausch and Lomb
    • Dublin City Council
    • Dublin Bus
    • Plato South-East
    • Honeywell Ireland
  • 19. Learning Aims
    • Raise educational and competence levels of front-line employees
    • Enhanced response to change and adaptability
    • Achievable progression and accreditation pathways
    • Develop innovative occupational assessment tools
    • Develop lifelong learning using advanced technologies and National Certificates
  • 20. Project outputs
    • National Certificate in Workplace Skills
    • National Certificate in Employability
    • Occupational Assessment model
    • Dedicated e-portfolios
    • Dispersed learning centres
    • On-line texts, materials and research
    • Personalized tutoring supports on-line
    • On-line assessment and guidance
  • 21. Lessons and insights
        • Pre-course marketing
        • Participant profiles and selection
        • Partner liaison and communication
        • Learning methodologies
        • Ownership and demarcated responsibilities
        • Student support and facilitation
        • Shift work and personnel release
        • Role of learning and training in production environments
        • Challenges around literacy and numeracy
        • Networking and resources
  • 22. Summary
    • Content, structure, methods
    • Value for learners
    • Raised expectations
    • Defining delivered benefit
    • Learning in a time of crisis
    • Legacy
  • 23. Thank you
    • Dr Alan Bruce
    • Joe Kelly
    • ULS
    • Dublin and Waterford
    • [email_address]