The people who enrol in your training program will come from diverse backgrounds and will have varying skill and knowledge levels. For example, they may be:
- school students studying vocational subjects as part of their high school curriculum
- school leavers who have very little experience in the ways of the working world
- apprentices or trainees who will undertake their training “on the job”
- people doing their course with a college or online
- learners from diverse backgrounds (e.g. from different cultures or economic and social backgrounds), who may experience language or other difficulties that make it hard for them to study.
Needs, expectations and implications
Whatever the case, your course participants will all have different needs and expectations. It will be part of your role to accommodate these needs as much as possible. For example:
- School leavers will need substantially more support than those who have been part of the working world for some time (and who have a better understanding of workforce requirements). This might mean that you need to spend more time with them or, perhaps, provide extra coaching.
- Apprentices and trainees are learning on the job. This means that their training sessions with you will be in surroundings that could be loud, busy places, and may (of necessity) be of short duration. This means that you will need to be especially well prepared so that you can deliver your session in the limited available time span in a place where you can work with them without interruption, to ensure they aren’t disadvantaged by the pace of the training.
Read page 16 of your textbook.