Three vocational education and training-based (VET) learning products/materials were developed in order to raise awareness of long latency respiratory health risks in three of the high risk vocational areas affected by these issues: motor vehicle repair, welding and stone masonry. The aims of the study were to explore how the VET materials can be implemented, and the perceived effectiveness of the implementation from the perspectives of students/young learners and their teachers and identify the factors that promote and/or inhibit learners’application of their training in the workplace.
There was a prevalent perception, among both students and their teachers, that the HSE vocational education training (VET) materials were both relevant to the young learners’ respective professions, and helped to raise awareness regarding the nature of respiratory health risks, their potential short and long-term health effects and the ways in which learners can protect their health. The VET materials complemented the colleges’ existing curriculum, as in most cases, respiratory health risks were not covered in sufficient detail in the syllabus. Teachers commented that they would use the VET materials again with future student cohorts, and that they would recommend them to their colleagues and/or other teachers.
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