Innovative In-company Learning Initiatives in Ireland: learning to learn through collaborative partnerships Dr Alan Bruce ...
Contexts:  Irish employment transformation <ul><li>Decline of agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Uneven tradition of industrial...
Impact on competence and skills framework <ul><li>Ability to cope with sustained levels of competitiveness </li></ul><ul><...
Learning requirements in Irish employment <ul><li>Customer focus </li></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution ...
Identified gaps <ul><li>Need for upskilling </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation to rapid change </li></ul><ul><li>Implications of...
Challenges for innovative work-based learning <ul><li>Access : redesigned learning </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance : market co...
Waterford Crystal <ul><li>Iconic brand </li></ul><ul><li>Largest Irish private employer (to 1995) </li></ul><ul><li>Global...
Background <ul><li>Founded 1783 </li></ul><ul><li>Re-founded 1947 (Bacik and Havel) </li></ul><ul><li>Tradition as leading...
Focus on production <ul><li>No traditional training/education policy </li></ul><ul><li>Response to change limited </li></u...
Focus on learning <ul><li>From employment to employability </li></ul><ul><li>Development of in-company Learning centre (19...
Focus on innovation <ul><li>Technology and access </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Investment and resources </li...
National initiatives <ul><li>Excellence through People (Fás) 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Positive to Disability (NRB) 1997 </li...
EU Projects <ul><li>Crystal Now  1996-98: skills and access for women </li></ul><ul><li>CODE  1999-2000: disability and in...
Learning: course topics <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Customer service </li></ul><ul><li>Health and safety </li></ul><...
Cascaded learning <ul><li>Employers ( IBEC, Jobnet Southeast ) </li></ul><ul><li>Government ( Fás, Enterprise Ireland ) </...
DETE In-Company Learning Initiative 2003-06 <ul><li>Funded by In-Company Training Measure of EHRDP and DETE </li></ul><ul>...
Project Focus <ul><li>Innovative progression route </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of certification in on-job contexts </li></...
Employers involved <ul><li>Waterford Crystal </li></ul><ul><li>Bausch and Lomb </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin City Council </li>...
Learning Aims <ul><li>Raise educational and competence levels of front-line employees </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced response ...
Project outputs <ul><li>National Certificate in Workplace Skills </li></ul><ul><li>National Certificate in Employability <...
Lessons and insights <ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-course marketing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participant profiles and sel...
Summary <ul><li>Content, structure, methods </li></ul><ul><li>Value for learners </li></ul><ul><li>Raised expectations </l...
Thank you <ul><li>Dr Alan Bruce </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Kelly </li></ul><ul><li>ULS </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin and Waterford <...
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Innovative In-company Learning Initiatives in Ireland

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