Is there a role for coaching in vocational learning?

CSD launches a report into how coaching can improve vocational learning

10 April 2013

There’s a big debate about how to improve the quality of teaching and learning within vocational education and increasingly there has been a focus on pedagogy - the art, science and craft of teaching. But has the role of coaching been overlooked?

It’s a pedagogical tool which has been successfully used in a variety of other contexts to promote excellence in performance – but coaching isn’t generally associated with the vocational education sector. However the City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development (CSD), thinks that as part of vocational learning it could play a role in promoting excellent workplace performance.

There is currently little research on this subject and that’s why CSD has explored this topic for its latest report, ‘Insights: the role of coaching in vocational education and training’.

CSD invited a variety of academics from across the sector to write thought pieces on how coaching could play a more prominent role within the vocational education and training sector in the UK and what this could mean in practice. In addition, CSD tried to learn lessons from other sectors by conducting interviews with eminent coaches from a variety of backgrounds including sports, business, military and catering. Figures such as celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE, horticulture expert Chris Collins and City & Guilds Fellow Pat Stringfellow MBE are just a few who contributed to the publication.

Speaking about the publication Chris Gale, Project Manager, CSD said: ‘This is the first in a potential series of thought leadership publications, produced in collaboration with academics and industry professionals. We believe this will help us create a forward-looking publication that stimulates practitioners and policy makers, both in content and in design. We hope that this first edition of Insights will bring attention to a topic which has little recognition in vocational education, but which is widely and effectively used in a variety of other sectors.’

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