Should homework be ‘Homework’?


Is it fair to ask the apprentices to do some of their course work in their own time?

What a dilemma we’ve had here at ITEC these past 2 weeks!   Over the last 10 years or so (the NVQ years – when things were learnt and assessed on the job) it seems we have spent years persuading employers to let apprentices work on their coursework during their normal working hours and we have been very successful.  Today’s employers are very supportive and set time aside for the apprentice to devote to their learning.  In fact most employers are releasing their apprentice to us one day per week to undertake formal classroom learning.

Most of today’s classes, especially the Microsoft and CompTIA courses, require homework and exam study to be done as an extra outside of the classroom.

So the boot is now quite firmly on the other foot!   As employers are already dedicating one day a week for the apprentices to attend the classes, surely it’s not a lot to ask the apprentices to reciprocate and spend 2-3 hours of their own time completing their homework and exam preparation?

After all, at the end of the day, it will be their name on the qualification and their own futures they are investing in!

What do you think??

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2 comments on “Should homework be ‘Homework’?

  1. The apprentices undertaking courses requiring ‘homework’ are those in a more fortunate position than many other apprentices out there.
    Not many apprenticeships offer the opportunity to gain ‘coveted’ professional qualifications as part of the programme.
    The courses ITEC offers are ones that cost thousands of pounds to undertake commercially. The apprentices are able to undertake these courses because the employer is paying for them to do so, in addition to giving them one day a week out of work and paying for both the exams and any resits required.

    These professional qualifications benefit the apprentice for years to come. Many past apprentices who slogged through NVQs without these qualifications attached to them would bite the new apprentices arms off for that same opportunity.

    Personally the current apprentices have been given a golden opportunity that they should be embracing, rather than ‘belly aching’ about having to do homework and revision in their own time. I would argue that ultimately the apprentices in question get more from the programme in the long run than the employer. For those that feel homework is unjust or unfair, maybe they should undertake the traditional apprenticeship route that other IT providers offer, with no professional qualification involved?!

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