Education for the masses

Bill Technician Rosetown, Saskatchewan Posted   Latest  

I posted this on a facebook group. I am putting my feelers out on both sides, with prospective students and instructors to see if this is an idea worth pursuing. 

I had a bit of an idea. I would like to see an increase in this industries collective skillset, just like everyone else. Major training events are often cost prohibitive to the shops and techs that could use them the most. A tech has to have a hardcore passion for what he is doing to invest in travel and time off to attend certain courses. Courses that may be his only "vacation" all year.

The people attending those courses are in the minority of our industry and not the majority. I would ideally like to bring "up" the majority to create the most impact. The minority won't stop doing what they are doing. No one can stop them. I do feel that training needs to become more fluid and easily distributed as technology races along.

What I would suggest is..

Build groups with like minded peers from around the world. Maybe the group is 10 people and all ten people work on... Lets just say GM trucks. The group delegates a certain system to a certain member of the group and they are charged with gathering training material over the course of a year. At the end of the year all 10 people pool their training material together and it is all peer reviewed. It can then be made into a course that each can teach near their own geographic area's. This would pool the resources of the presenters and make them the sole provider of the course in their area. I wonder if a system of this type may help draw in more of the majority, due to the reduction in travel expenses and time off.

Pick this apart.

Any input is appreciated.

Thank you.

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Robert Technician
Madison, Wisconsin
Robert
 

Hello Bill. A good idea just logistics of work. possible use of a work sharing site. plus credit to all who contributed to project. Plus use of copyrighted material. Things to figure out. Bob Andrews

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Brendan Mechanic
Browns Plains, Australia
Brendan
 

We put forward a similar topic at a round table discussion in Australia recently. Some of us are very for sharing and agree. Some were quite offended by the idea, as if it devalues their efforts of spending 10k to go off and do the training. There are obvious copyright issues to keep in mind, but providing your not using the exact course material I see nothing wrong with a man learning

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Jim Curriculum Developer
Frederick, Maryland
Jim
 

As the volume of information has grown at a rapid rate, the view of collaboration will change. It has already. I have noticed younger people are more comfortable with and seek out collaboration.

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Maurice Business Development Manager
Geebung, Australia
Maurice
 

I was at the meeting Brendan Sorensen is talking about and in spite of those who were offended I am still favourable to the idea and would love to explore how this can happen. Copyright is a issue we all have to be careful about, but no one can stop us sharing our own knowledge and experiences. Bill I like your thinking and defiantly keep me in the loop should we get something happening.

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Bill Technician
Rosetown, Saskatchewan
Bill
 

I have been reaching out a bit to techs and shops in my area. I have gotten very little positive response. The feedback that I have gotten from shop owners is that they seem to be more interested in someone doing on the job training. Making the most of the tooling and manpower they have and teaching them skills "In house" on the vehicles they see roll through the door.

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Jim Curriculum Developer
Frederick, Maryland
Jim
 

That can be very effective. It costs too. What is the value of an in house trainer in the eyes of the owners you have spoken with?

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Bill Technician
Rosetown, Saskatchewan
Bill
 

The value they place in it is my hourly rate.

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