On 12 December 2014, Professor Marcus Lane, Dean Academic, Arts Education and Law, Associate Professor Sarojni Choy, School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS), and Professor Stephen Billet (SEPS) attended the graduation ceremony of the second cohort of 28 students from the Master of Training and Development program delivered under a partnership between Griffith University and the Workforce Development Agency of the Singapore Government held in Singapore.

This is the second cohort (of four) who has completed the qualification. Two more cohorts with 64 students are expected to graduate in December 2015 and July 2016. The Master of Training and Development (MTD) is a professional development award, offering a coursework pathway.

The program attracts professionals who are educators and trainers with specific vocational discipline knowledge and skills. It prepares candidates for professional roles in the fields of adult, vocational and continuing education, training and professional development, and draws on candidates’ existing vocational knowledge to build their capacities for professional work in training and development, workforce development, and research related roles.

This degree enables the attainment of careers in professional, vocational and continuing education and training. The Institute of Adult Learning in Singapore hosts the program at its facilities. Griffith University lecturers travel to Singapore every semester and engage in an intensive face-to-face delivery of the courses. This is followed up with online collaborative sessions, discussion boards, blogs and emails. These strategies have proved to be viable and the program serves as a model for providing off-campus programs in a valued and successful format. The curriculum offered aligns closely with an equivalent program offered domestically.

Close links are drawn throughout the delivery between the theory of vocational education and training and practice. Both the students and the Griffith University lecturers who participate in this program have extensive work experience and this is drawn upon in a collaborative and critical way throughout the course through discussions, session topics and assignment tasks.

The program is characterised by a strong evaluative approach so has a continuous review process to implement changes and maintain a strong quality aspect.

Witten by Bec Graham