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Educational Principles for the Composite Training Center

A learning-centered approach to skills development and post-qualifying training 

At the TECHCOLLEGE Composite Training Center, we have many years of experience within skills development and post-qualifying education of employees and blade technicians for the composite industry - with the wind turbine industry as our main area of expertise. Over the years, we have developed and refined an educational approach to this type of learning and training. This ensures that our course participants achieve a broader sense of process skills, as well as a more competent and professional approach to their work. 

Employees’ co-operation skills are refined through a deeper understanding of how different types of tasks are related, as well technology of materials and work planning.  
We believe that by providing the course participant with a broader sense of process skills and knowledge, they will be able to comprehend the work flow from a wider perspective and be aware of other job functions part in the manufacturing and or service task, which will ensure a higher quality through improved cooperation and a higher skills level among employees.  

Our teaching and training set-ups are all set up to promote skills and attitudes that a professional and competent employee within the wind turbine industry must possess. That is: 

  • Basic knowledge about composite and blade construction and manufacturing, as well as the materials and processes these include 

  • Good craftsmanship 

  • Good co-operation skills 

  • The ability to work independently and solve problems that are within the employee’s decision-making authority 

  • Quality-consciousness  

  • A strong awareness of health and safety at work 

Learning is a personal development as well as acquisition and development of skills and technical knowledge. Learning occurs both with and within course participants, and in interaction with others. 

In order to provide our students and course participants with these skills, we plan and conduct teaching and training based on the core principles: 

  • Learning leadership - we set the framework for the learning situation and facilitate the participants’ learning processes, interactions, and reflections  

  • Learning by doing – participants learn and build skills and competencies through hands-on training that supports theoretical knowledge and principles.  

  • Learning and development through reflection – participants’ practical experience is converted into learning through systematic reflection facilitated by instructors 

  • Quality - we work continuously and systematically with developing and improving our teaching in general and specific training courses, this through participant evaluation, teaching observation and mentoring, as well as ongoing co-operation with regards to companies’ needs, expectations, and satisfaction 

Courses are planned and carried out using varied learning and teaching methods. Participants solve practice-based tasks individually and in groups. We use formative assessment and feedback throughout the course in order to support and develop each participant’s individual learning process.   

Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation 
At the TECHCOLLEGE Composite Training Center, we employ different types of assessment and evaluation depending on the nature of the course content and learning objectives. 

We use three different types of assessment that are all based on dialogue between course participants and instructors. Feedback is a fundamental part of the assessment and evaluation of participant learning.  

Participant self-assessment is based on previously agreed-upon criteria, such as a company's specific requirements for quality, planning, security, etc. The assessment can be based on a set form that is filled out by the participant prior to a conversation with the instructor, who will be providing a positive formative assessment and feedback based on the form along with any other observations.  

Formative feedback based on continuous observation and positive feedback to the individual participant in the course. The evaluation form aims to increase the individual's benefit from learning so that everyone is empowered from their own point of departure. 

To promote participant learning, feedback must be: 

  • constructive. Not only does it have to deal with the strength and weaknesses of a given assignment or performance – it must also address the ways that the participant can improve his or her performance.   

  • timely. Feedback must be given when the participant is working on or has just finished the task that is being assessed.  

  • meaningful. It should be aimed at individual needs, be given in relation to specific assessment criteria, and must be received by the participant in time to benefit subsequent work.  

Summative evaluation is based on assignments, exercises, and tests or certifications, but it can also be based on instructor observations of the participant's performance throughout the course. The summative evaluation will result in a certification or diploma if the participant’s performance meets the objectives for the course.  

Evaluation forms  
We document assessments, evaluations and other observations on our evaluation forms, which participants will receive on the last day of the course. This evaluation is always accompanied by a conversation between instructor and participant, in which the content of the form is explained and participants receive feedback on his or her performance.  
 
These evaluation forms will be available for employers, when the course is completed. 

In case a participant does not fulfill the agreed-upon course objectives and therefore does not obtain a certificate or diploma, we will immediately report this to employer.