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Competent vs. qualified

Competent vs. qualified

It is said that “things are the way they are because they got that way”. So please, step back with me, into the mists of time …. time … time …
Once upon a time, not so many years ago … the UK was swamped by …

Taste and fear of structured learning

Taste and fear of structured learning

Most of my learning over the past quite a few years has been through on-line interaction with fellow travellers on this road through life, well, that or frantically scanning “help” files to find the magic bullet that will solve my problem.
I guess the big difference …

A hammer for an uncertain world

A hammer for an uncertain world

I’m just starting on a consultancy contract to completely update the national occupational standards for the UK travel and tourism industries. Those standards will become the new basis for the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in the industry so it is important to get them right …

The froth on the burger

The froth on the burger

There has been much UK press excitement this week about McDonald’s (yes, that McDonald’s) being approved as an “awarding body” so that they can offer, assess and moderate their own in-house management and supervisory qualifications.
The extent of coverage came as something of a surprise. No …

Learning outside school, education in school?

Futurelab sent out a flier last week entitled Image a way to … support learning outside school. It points out that only 15% of children’s time is spent in school and appeals for ideas about how what it refers to as “informal learning” in the …

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