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					                      Richard SA Brown
                      Bradford College

             UVAC Annual Conference 5 & 6 Nov 2009

              Project Development Executive
                & Head of Metallurgy and
                   & Chair of IETC – IOM3

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    Employer – College Partnerships :
 Developing a Materials Foundation Degree
• Presentation overview
• Background to this case study
• HE part time qualifications , why is it important,
  to industry , employers and learners
• What are Foundation Degrees & how do you
  develop the quality with employers
• How does employer engagement work ?
• Case study / lessons learned
• Feedback and questions
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    Employer – College Partnerships :
 Developing a Materials Foundation Degree
• This presentation highlights the research / case
  study that UKCME carried out in 2007 and was
  published in 2008
• This resulted in 24 in-depth interviews , which
  demonstrated that relevant part time HE
  qualifications do have value to the World of Work
• Employers and Learners – some quotes are;
• ‘’Foster effective collaborative partnerships to give
  employers real influence over training provision’’
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    Employer – College Partnerships :
 Developing a Materials Foundation Degree
• ‘’Establish pathways to enable students to build up their
  qualifications ‘’
• ‘’Deliver a range of benefits to employers and their
• ‘’ The College were listening to our point of view, and as
  result , did build in an element of a module which we
  would find especially valuable ‘’
• ‘’My future depends on having a B Eng, to move further on
  it is necessary to have a degree’’

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             Importance of Partnerships

• Building an appropriate academic curriculum, is
  key - it requires actual face to face meetings with
  employers, industry and learners. New
  qualifications must be linked to subject
  benchmarks, sector skills councils – SEMTA ,
  Cogent , Proskills - UK Spec, IOM3, ICME etc.
• Non traditional delivery requires new innovation
  in teaching , learning, assessment and support ,
  and to be learner and employer centred.
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              Importance of Work Place

• We all must use the work place as part of the
  learning process , linking work based learning to
  the academic qualification - some quotes are:
• ‘’As always with Bradford College staff, the aim is to be as
     flexible as possible. Although there have to be regulations,
     these in no way were allowed to get in the way of aiming at
     something which would be really valuable and useful to us
     (both Student and Company) ‘’

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             Importance of Work Place

• ‘’The project must be determined by your day - to - day
  work, rather than by the college . The company has a say
  that it has this particular problem and would like to use
  the opportunity that the college requirments present for the
  course to provide a solution’’
• ‘’ We had problems with a chemical descaler . The project
  looked at why this was happening and at what we could do
  to stop this’’
• I did a lot of research on sourcing appropriate equipment
  and how to do the process . The Project involved visiting a
  number of suppliers’’

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             What is a Foundation Degree?

• F/D’s are an academic, higher education
  qualification which meet the requirements of the
  work place (Level 4 / 5) – and are’ stand alone’
• Must lead to an ( Hons ) appropriate qualification
• Designed in conjunction with employers to meet
  higher knowledge and skills required for the work
  place, which is ‘ fit for purpose ‘.
• Part Time FD’s introduced in 2002/03, aimed
  more developing an ‘Life Long Learning
  qualification’ for Employers and Industry.
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              What is a Foundation Degree?
• F/Ds have a credit points of 240 – ( 16 modules )
• Level / Stage 1and 2 have each 120 credits – 6
  Modules * - Each have 60 technical core along
  with 30 PDP and 30 WBL*
•     *Leeds Met University / Bradford College framework

• I Eng Degrees / Ordinary Degrees – 300 ¤
• B Eng ( Hons ) – 360 credits ( I Eng ) - ( Level 6 )
• M.Eng / C.Eng. – 480 CSi/ MSc with Further
  Learning – ( Level 7 )
•    ¤ Engineering Council – UK Spec which was introduced in Dec 03 to replace SATOR 3

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                  How it works
• Developed with universities in partnership with ,
  colleges, employers and professional bodies
• On successful completion foundation degree
  graduates can choose to progress to further
  professional qualifications or honours degree, or
• Flexibility is key - building individual learning
  plans and using APL/APEL.
• Work Based Learning integrates an academic
  programme, into the work place maximising real
  learning opportunities and benefits.
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                      How do you get
             Employer and Student Engagement?

• Go out to see Employers, but not with a blank
  piece of paper.
• Listen and link to qualifications frameworks.
• Transferring our own experiences from world of
  work and subject knowledge and skills to the new
• Link qualifications to work place and ‘ sector’,
  (i.e. manufacturing industry , casting
  technology, packaging technology heat
  treatment, etc.)

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                      How do you get
             Employer and Student Engagement?

• Give employers and student populations a
  curriculum and modes of study which is
  appropriate for them. i.e. flexible, distance ,
  blended and eLearning.
• Link academic study to the world of work, linking
  FE and HE , including B Eng ( Hons ) ‘ Top Up’
• Include the employer and develop the role of the
  industrial mentor.
• Link qualifications to three grades of Professional
  Engineer- Eng Tec, I Eng , C Eng and one
  Professional Science – CSi
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                      How do you get
             Employer and Student Engagement?

• Industrial Mentors involved in developing and
  recording APL/APEL - audits for personal
  development plans modules, identifying ILP,
  using ‘learning contracts’, developing WBL
  assessment , feedback and grades.
• Work based learning: aimed at developing
  knowledge and skills required for work, by
  application into the work place promotes real
  learning, bottom line values.
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                      How do you get
             Employer and Student Engagement?

• Think - partnerships and networking - like below
• Use and develop links like -Institute of Materials
  Minerals and Mining - IOM3, Institute of Cast
  Metal Engineers – ICME .
• Ask employers, and students to help develop a
  qualification which supports their workforce.
• Develop ‘ non traditional ‘ modes of study and
  attendance i.e. flexible , distance and eLearning ,
  including ‘ blended learning alongside traditional
  approaches and campus attendance.
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                          Case Study
 • Quotes from the case study .
 • ‘’To be successful a foundation degree must have
   a content which meets the needs of both
   employers and students’’
 • Our populations said:
 • ‘’The Course Leader has a strong background in Industry .
      There is nothing of the ivory – tower attitude.Staff, in the
      main are down to earth. There is strong practical ,
      industrial orientation, rather than a very heavy academic
      emphasis, even from staff who may lack a depth of
      industrial experience’’.
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                         Case Study

• Returning to learn:
• ‘’ I was finding it tough. I hadn’t done it for so long, and it
     was trying to get back into it . It was useful to have
     somebody at the College to show me different ways of
     doing things ‘’.
• Student workshops:
• ‘’Simply going to the workshops and talking to other
  students made me feel a lot more confident …. It was the
  first time in 4 years’’.

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                       Case Study

• College Support
• ‘’ Everybody get equal support from the College
  everything really depends on your own work environment’’
• Using APL/APEL reduces ‘ Hoop Jumping’
• ‘’ Providing a content which ‘ fills knowledge gaps’ ( e.g
  materials science ) and forges connections with the higher
  level ( Foundation Degree ) course.
• Recognised past achievements adds value, provides
  building blocks on past success, which in turn shortens
  study time, and supports higher academic achievement.

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                        Case study
• Industrial Mentors and Company support:
• ‘’My motivation is maintained because there is
  commitment and actual support from the company through
  my colleagues
• ‘’( Named mentor ) is the first point of contact if I have a
  problem and he may respond to me directly or find others
  to help’’
• ‘’( In relation to work based projects ), my mentor is
  somebody I can bounce ideas off ‘’
• Each student / module is allocated a tutor, who promotes
  the tripartite approach.

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              Lessons Learned -1

• Work with Professional Lead Bodies – IOM3
  ICME & Packaging Society ( part of IOM3 )
• Enables the formation of Industrial Support
  Groups – ( ISGs ) by using established
  relationships / networks with the ( PLB )
• Link qualification(s) and curriculum development
  to Professional Engineer and Scientist grades.
• All promotes active Employer Engagement.

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             Lessons Learned - 2

• Encouraging learners to join PLB, encourages
  professional ‘Life Long Learning‘.
• External Project funding is key to help the
  development process of Employer Engagement.
• UK Centre for Materials Education.
• West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning.
• Joint Information Service Committee.
• Foundation Degree Forward.
• Bodycote eLearning project.
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              Lessons Learned - 3

• Use of eTechnology – Virtual Learning
  Environment – Moodle and eLGG supports the
  learning process.
• ‘Joined up thinking’ and working ‘outside the
  box’ approach helps.
• The challenges of learners and employers having a
  wide geographic spread and low local numbers
  and no practical input.

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               Lessons Learned - 4

• Answer - ask employers and supporters for help ,
  use them as regional centres for tutorials and
  meeting locations.
• Employ industrialists as part time lectures to help
  with curriculum development and ISG formation.
• Allow learners to have ‘workshop days in industry
  e.g. to see how ‘running systems work‘ – in the
  Casting industry and also use industry equipment.
• Consult and develop an Industrial Mentor Training

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                         WIN - WIN - WIN
•        What is in it for employers and the learner :
-        Professional accreditation
-        Opportunities for advancement / further study
•        What is in it for industry / employer:
-            A highly skilled and qualified and motivated workforce
•        What is in it for us:
-        To be at the hub of a new initiative that has educational ,
         industry/ employer engagement and professional rewards
         for Bradford College.
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    Employer – College Partnerships :
 Developing a Materials Foundation Degree
•    Any questions?
•    Feedback
•    Email :
•    01274 433381 / 433347
•    And thank you for listening.
•    Developments are; Casting Technology, Packaging
     Technology, Powders Technology and Forensic
     Metallurgical Failure and Heat Treatment.
     M.Eng Metallurgy & Materials.
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