Social Benefits Of Vocational Education
Many people consider a vocational training program because of the education aspect: the certification or diploma, the amount of homework, the quality of the instruction, practicums, and so on. These factors are undeniably significant, but there is another aspect to vocational training – the social benefit, and we will examine three main social benefits of vocational training that can be translated into your resume.
1. Expanding Your Network
A professional network is essential for a successful job search. When we think about our network, we often think of past employers, instructors, and people who ‘have authority in some way.
However, in vocational classrooms, your fellow students have their histories and networks that you can access. Maybe the student you’ve been working with on a project has connections in an industry you’d like to work in that they’ve left behind. Or maybe you just get a connection to something you wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise.
Whatever the case may be, your fellow vocational trainers provide an opportunity to expand your network.
2. Learning Team Work
Assignment deadlines are fine, but motivation is often best when it comes from within and from peers rather than from someone in authority. From study groups to fun competitions for grades on assignments and exams to team projects, your fellow vocational students can help you achieve your training goals.
Aside from motivation, the social aspect of the vocational classroom can assist with tutoring, work assistance, and comprehension, or simply brainstorming ideas and solutions. By bouncing ideas off others and getting help polishing work, you may discover that you can get work done faster and more smoothly, as well as access ideas that would not have occurred to you otherwise.
A fine example is the ‘buddy up’ students that are done in the first week of training at Learnet Training Institute with the idea that they will be able to contact each other for help with work. Many graduates have expressed gratitude to their “buddy” at the end of training. We also encourage study groups, and some projects and exercises are designed to be completed as a group rather than individually.
3. Multicultural Workplace Preparation
Whether you like it or not, today’s workforce is extremely multicultural. Any workplace will have people from all walks of life, each bringing their unique perspective.
Depending on your course, you may meet people from all over the province, country, or even the world in vocational training classrooms. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn more about the world they live in, as well as how to work with people who may have a very different perspective. All of these things increase your employability, make you a better leader, and make you a better team player. In a world that is more interconnected than ever, these things can only benefit you and your career goals.
The Bottom Line
The educational and job-search benefits of vocational training are apparent; this is where much of the attention is focused. However, the social benefits must also be considered.
Learnet institute of skills pioneers in providing the right kind of vocational training where learners feel supported and have people who can help them, can see the usefulness of exercise, and take advantage of the chance to meet people from outside of their usual orbit. Our training is based on the mantra of “Skill for Life” which includes every aspect of vocational training.