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belonging becoming and being first year apprentices experiences in the workplace

Belonging, Becoming and Being: First Year Apprentices’ Experiences in the Workplace

Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium

Selena Chan May 2011

overall purpose of the project
Overall Purpose of the Project
  • Identify factors influencing apprentices'
  • - initial decisions to enter into and
  • - commit to an indenture,
  • - and factors which contribute to continuation of the apprenticeship.
  • Compare experiences of potential, continuing, and unsuccessful apprentices.
  • Design guidelines for the improvement of induction processes and initial training for apprentices.
research participants
Research participants
  • First Year Apprentices

- focus groups, individual interviews, survey questionnaire

  • Employers

- survey questionnaire

  • Pre-trade students

- focus groups

  • Apprentices who have discontinued

- individual interviews

literature foundation
Literature Foundation
  • Socio-cultural approach

- socially and culturally mediated practices in workplace learning (Billett, 2004; Wenger, 1998)

  • Vocational imagination (Higgins, 2010)
  • Vocational identity formation (Kirpal,
  • Belonging to a workplace (Chan, 2008)
  • Learning as becoming (Hodkinson, Biesta & James, 2008)
  • Workplace learning pedagogy (Billett & various others)
research approach
Research Approach
  • Constructive – interpretative paradigm
  • Mixed case study
  • Case study theory building

- within-case analysis and the congruence method (George & Bennett, 2005).

  • Narratives constructed

- not as narrative inquiries (Riessman, 2008), but more as analytical lenses (Chase, 2005) and closer to the ‘storytelling’ aspect of case study (Stake, 2005).

outputs so far
Outputs so far
  • All data collection completed
  • Individual reports to each ITO and a background report produced
  • Data analysis re-consolidation underway
  • Final report and guidelines in progress
themes towards constructing guidelines
Themes towards constructing guidelines
  • Matching ‘vocational imagination’ to reality
  • Establishing a sense of belonging
  • Maintaining engagement and momentum towards apprenticeship completion
matching vocational imagination
Matching ‘vocational imagination’
  • Firm goal of becoming a trades person
  • Strong sense of affinity with chosen industry
  • Clear views of future options
  • Reality not always portrayed – industry and apprenticeship
  • Need for clearer, succinct and accessible information
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Belonging to a workplace- A sense of belonging- need for clear articulation of responsibilities- timely response to queries- workplace support crucial

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Maintaining momentum- Setting goals and objectives- providing incentives - building vocational identity- exploring alternatives
where to from here
Where to from here
  • Completion of final report
  • Design brochure
  • Disseminate findings to a wider audience.
thank you
Thank You

Contact:-

Selena Chan

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Selena.Chan@cpit.ac.nz

blogging at:- http://mportfolios.blogspot.com

Project team

  • Dr. Robyn Chandler, Christchurch Polytechnic, Robyn.Chandler@cpit.ac.nz
  • Nicholas Huntington, Industry Training Federation, nicholas@itf.org.nz
  • Tracey Shepherd, Agriculture ITO, TraceyS@agriculturalito.ac.nz
  • Charles Hayward, Boating ITO, Charles@bia.org.nz
  • Loretta Garrow, Building and Construction ITO, Loretto.Garrow@bcito.org.nz
  • Paul Town , Competenz, p.town@competenz.org.nz
  • Erica Cummings, Hairdressing ITO, Erica@hito.org.nz
  • Glen Keith, Hospitality Standards Institute, Glen.Keith@hsi.org.nz
  • Deb Paul, Joinery ITO, deb.paul@jito.org.nz