Call for industry support for ‘out of date’ lecturersOn 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. College lecturers teaching vocational subjects are out of touch withworkplace practice and need support to update their expertise. A report from the Learning and Skills Development Agency, based on a surveyof 891 college lecturers, found that while most make an effort to keep up-to-date this tends to be through research rather than practical experience. Twelve per cent consider themselves “out of date” and only 27 percent have benefited from placements or secondments to the workplace. Fewlecturers have had recent experience and many have not been employed in theirindustry for between five and 15 years. Maria Hughes, author of the report, said “Lecturers need to besupported. This requires greater collaboration with people in the industry. “It could be through time spent in the workplace or through discussionand mentoring. Shared staffing could also be used with employees from industrygoing into colleges and people from colleges into industry.” Many lecturers believe that without direct association with their vocationalarea their levels of knowledge and skill would be out of date in two to threeyears.