Troubador The Nuts and Bolts of Vocational Training and Assessment

Released: 28/05/2015

ISBN: 9781784622244

Format: Paperback

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The Nuts and Bolts of Vocational Training and Assessment

A Practical Guide to Training for Employment and Enjoyment


If you’ve ever stopped to ask for directions, you will probably have noticed that many people have the basic instincts needed to teach and enjoy imparting their knowledge. Added to appropriate subject knowledge, this is where vocational training begins… Building on your subject knowledge and skills, The Nuts and Bolts of Vocational Training and Assessment is an accessible and invaluable guide for vocational trainers. As someone who has always learned best through doing things, rather than academic study, author Eric Baker has made his book practical in a day-to-day way. Its authority comes from his past training experiences and personal development as a vocational trainer. Starting from the basic principles, it takes the reader through the intricacies of providing training courses in a step-by-step way and covers areas not usually addressed in educational textbooks. This book is primarily intended to be a companion for those studying to achieve an academic vocational qualification. As such, it provides support by being accessible, bringing a common-sense approach and using a sense of humour. The conversational style of traditional textbooks is combined with the modern exact approach expected today, resulting in an accessible and enjoyable read. Above all, it does what it says on the cover!

As a former teacher and inspector of schools, I supported the author in the educational aspects of this excellent vocational book which provides such useful and practical guidance for a wide range of users.

The Nuts and Bolts of Vocation Training and Assessment is aimed mainly at those trainers engaged in courses of study leading to the Certificate in Education (Further, Higher and Adult Education), City & Guilds 7307 (Further and Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate) and City & Guilds 7331 (Instructional Techniques), but it is certainly not limited to these groups. It could, for example, also include specialist trainers in private companies and the armed services which may have their own form of accreditation.

Its framework is such that it can be dipped into by any organisation providing a structured or semi-structured course of study and it contains a huge range of approaches with many very helpful suggestions and exemplar documents to work with and use.

The book will provide course tutors with a clear and unambiguous structure for their students to follow, and its main strength is the way the author introduces a practical method of study, assessment and review which students will find extremely helpful and not at all daunting.

This text book, with its openly different approach and style, is a fine achievement by the author and I warmly commend it to all involved in vocational training leading to a recognised or an informal qualification.

Dr John Baker BEd Adv Dip Ed (SEN) DMS (education management) MA

by John Baker

Not at all academic, it does what it says on the tin!

by Brian Fletcher

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