Collaboration for innovation: A report on the piloting of a Vocational Education Orientation Programme (VEOP) in the Western Cape
In 2011 and 2012 the Further Education and Training Institute engaged in a collaborative initiative to pilot a formal induction programme for vocational college lecturers in partnership with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The initiative was based on DHET’s 2009 draft framework of new qualifications envisaged for teaching in the college sector. The intention of the initiative was to develop an induction course suited to the needs of new entrants into college teaching, but which could also be a stepping stone towards a full pedagogic qualification.
A report of the pilot has been prepared, outlining the processes that were undertaken by the collective in the curriculum development phase and the issues that arose for consideration during the implementation phase. Important principles can be drawn from this intervention for future undertakings of this nature, and it lays a basis for further research into the critical area of vocational pedagogy.
The report may be accessed at www.feti.ac.za.
Joy Papier is the Director of the Further Education and Training Institute (FETI) in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org