We were delighted to work with Dr Susan James Relly, from the SKOPE research Centre at the University of Oxford, drawing on her expertise on TVET systems and knowledge of skills competitions, to explore in more detail than ever before the role of our Training Managers.
Training Managers are often the unsung heroes of our skills competition success so it is vital that we understand the unique role they play and how this expertise and experience can be used across skills systems in the UK.
The key question this research asked was:
How, if at all, does the knowledge and skills developed by Training Managers during their WorldSkills UK experience transfer to pedagogical leadership in their day-to-day teaching roles?
One of the key findings was that Training Managers can use their skills and knowledge and expertise from international competition involvement to bridge the gap between competence and excellence when teaching their students, but they are not always incentivised to do so.
Dr Susan James Relly made a number of recommendations in her report which WorldSkills UK are taking forward to help mainstream excellence in skills. In February 2020 WorldSkills UK announced that it would be setting up a new Centre of Excellence in partnership with NCFE (insert hyperlink) in response to the recommendation to find ways to transfer the knowledge of Training Managers more widely within the college network.