This chapter highlights the significance of identity formation during vocational learning. While it is often assumed that vocational training should be focused on making learners job ready with a range of skills that can be applied to workplaces, the paper argues that, without a corresponding focus on building the identity of learners, training will not be as effective as it otherwise would be. These conclusions are based on the findings of a research project in northern Australia, where 132 respondents were asked to describe what they considered to be ‘effective’ in a training programme. The findings have particular relevance to training providers who want to maximize the effectiveness of their training to meet the needs of trainees and employers.
|Title of host publication||Vocational Learning|
|Subtitle of host publication||Innovative Theory and Practice|
|Editors||Ralph Catts, Ian Falk, Ruth Wallace|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht, Netherlands|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Name||Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects|