This is my blog for reflecting on the theory and practice of my role as a training officer with the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust. I currently work on the SJIB’s Adult Training Scheme at four Scottish FE colleges and a training centre in Aberdeen. I haven’t blogged about my work before but it was reading Sarah Simons recent piece for TESS that really convinced me to have a go.
The name of the blog was inspired by a friend who recently said
I don’t understand your job
It’s a fair enough point, and I’ve encountered it before with other people working outside of the industry training provider community. I’ve found myself giving such a long-winded description that after forty-five minutes the person who asked looks mind-numbed, or I give such a potted description that I might as well just not have bothered.
Achieving results on a day-to-day basis isn’t the same as understanding the role,
and so I want to use this blog to help me better understand what it is that I do, and by doing so, do it better. In a way I’m pretty confident with my role’s vocabulary but I hope that by using this blog as a tool for reflective practice I will get a better understanding of the role’s syntax.
The areas I’d like the blog to cover are:
- vocational pedagogy
- the electrical contracting industry in Scotland as a Community of Practice
- reflective theory and practice
Of course, whether I’ll be able to communicate what my job is to anyone else after that is possibly another matter 😉
- Knowing many disconnected facts is not enough, Darren Kuropatwa, Flickr, taken on July 25 2009, http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkuropatwa/3755547032/, accessed February 22 2014, CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
- Simons, S. ‘Classroom practice – ‘To teach know-how, know how to teach’, TESS, (20 February 2014), http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6406285, accessed 26 February 2014