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5) Mature students may have forgotten knowledge at one time required to a high level; how can the extent of forgetting be ascertained and related to a revisionary course and what are the best revisionary techniques in such cases? Variety in ability The easy advice is to teach to the “average”. The result is preparation of material which the teacher thinks is suitable in terms of his own background, his subject knowledge, the availability of books, his teaching experience, capacity for critical analysis, interest in his subject, and the degree to which he is abreast of its industrial applications at relevant stages.

Companies with wire drawing departments recruited boys in 1958 who are embarking on a similar type of training scheme. In its initial stages the scheme cost little. A levy was agreed by the companies which they paid to cover the expenses of the scheme. These were mainly the reimbursement of companies supplying communal hammer facilities at a nominal charge to the scheme and some transport of the youths on works visits. In anticipation of further costs being incurred and because of a need to recruit a full-time instructor the scheme has been fully costed.

But their privileges are of course often retained at the expense of other occupational groups. Fortunately, however, despite the perceptions and interventions of the traditional trade lobby, developments in the VET sector in Australia have proceeded to provide a much broader base of people with access to qualifications. In the 1950s apprenticeships were the main route to qualifications for Australians who did not go to university; they were, as we have seen, the province of men (apart from hairdressing).

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