The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has chosen a widely used learning platform, Moodle, as the basis for delivering its online training programme. Used globally by more than 213 million users, the GGF’s technical department felt that the platform was the ideal solution to deliver GGF training courses online, the organisations representatives reported. Moodle is used by learning and software providers that include the Open University, the London School of Economics and Microsoft.
The GGF is working with GQA Qualifications and training partners Total Support Training to deliver its Skilled Pathways Scheme. The scheme aims to provide the next generation of skilled workers for the glazing and glass processing sectors.
While developing the scheme, an area for concern was not only how technical information would be delivered but how to assess and record knowledge, skills and behaviours in a way that could be externally assessed and avoid bias. Moodle has reportedly satisfied all of those concerns.
Anda Gregory, the GGF’s chief development officer, said: “The GGF is providing its most ambitious training and skills development programme ever and we needed a platform that would allow us to deliver this successfully but in ways that allowed flexibility to the trainees and their employers, and for us to reach as many individuals and as quickly as possible. Moodle is perfect for that.”
The Moodle platform is set to be used to deliver existing NVQ assessment modules as well as 41 modules that are in development. Together this should provide up-to-date information on technical, health, safety environmental and behavioural practices.
The GGF recognises the disruption that training can place on a company’s manufacturing or installation programmes Moodle will allow all schemes, so aims to provide flexibility by providing modules that are easily accessed online. The system can be accessed by mobile, and by users of a PC, Mac or tablet, providing the trainee with the opportunity to use it while travelling to and from their workplace or site, for example.
GGF members that are signed up to the Skilled Pathways Scheme are already taking advantage of the facility, its representatives reported. Find out more about the scheme at ggf.org.uk/skilled-pathways-scheme.