Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) Introducing and assessing employability skills in apprenticeships: a clash of agendas

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) Introducing and assessing employability skills in apprenticeships: a clash of agendas

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Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) Introducing and assessing employability skills in apprenticeships: a clash of agendas

Writing papers for IAEA conferences starts with the birth of an idea in February, not just any idea, but an idea so powerful that it has to be shared internationally. This same idea, in abstract form, is sent into the ether to seek the approval of the IAEA panel with all the excitement and trepidation of a learner waiting for their exam results. Then, in May, when notification arrives that this is an idea whose time has in fact come, it somehow seems to have lost its lustre or to be the product of an over indulgent thought process. The thought of shipping the idea across the world to Brisbane, Australia now seems a bit presumptuous. You begin to feel that it has trouble passing the domestic ‘,Who cares?’, challenge never mind standing up to international scrutiny. So, in a brave and perhaps foolhardy attempt to move it from the ‘,Who cares?’, pile to the ‘,For what it is worth’, pile, here goes. ,In a funny sort of way, I have to thank God for this paper. This sounds like an overly pious acknowledgement more fitting of an Oscar or Grammy acceptance speech. However, were it not the good people of the Isle of Harris on the Outer Hebrides in Scotland observing his/her Sabbath, and effectively shutting down the island, and were it not for the usual, Highlands July drizzle keeping me holed up in my hotel room instead of wandering in what is God’,s own countryside, much of this paper would never have been written. For that is the other challenge to overcome when preparing IAEA papers. Having set aside any fears about your paper’,s relevance, there is the struggle to ensure that the labour required to despatch the more fully worked up idea is not overtaken by the toil of the day job. However, this is something else that the Highland Sabbath has taken care of, for writing this is more pleasure than work and that is allowed, even on the Isle of Harris.

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