The role of coaching in vocational education and training
This publication, Insights: the role of
coaching within vocational education and training, examines an
approach to training which is not normally associated with the
vocational education and training sector, but has been successfully
used to develop excellence in many other sectors; coaching.
There is relatively little research in this
area and we believed that exploring what role there could be for
coaching within the sector could provide insights which would be
important for the training of trainers.
The publication explores different aspects of coaching and how it
may relate to training delivery in the sector. In addition, we
conducted a number of interviews with eminent leaders from a
variety of sectors including sports, music, military and catering
backgrounds, to explore what the vocational training sector might
learn from sectors where coaching is more established.
Some of the key issues explored in the publication include:
- Although coaching is widely used in vocational education and
training, it is often not structured or referred to as coaching
practice. It has the potential to improve the learning experience
when conducted effectively.
- Coaching, as part of vocational learning, has the potential to
play an important role in promoting excellent workplace
- There is no absolute definition of coaching; however, what is
clear is that coaching in whatever definition is used has certain
key attributes. It is:
- Relational, in that it necessarily involves
individualised feedback and a strong relationship to be
- Dynamic, in that the coach must react to
consistently changing demands.
- Co-productive, in that both the coach and the
coachee must be actively engaged in creating the learning
- Performance or outcome focused, in that it
necessarily builds on existing skills, rather than developing
foundation level skills.
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