6 February 2009
Chippy teacher nails top VU prize
A Williamstown carpentry teacher has received a teaching excellence award for his innovative methods for training the next generation of builders.
Haydn Radford was presented with one of Victoria University's peak honours, a Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (TAFE) for 2008.
The father-of-two has worked at Victoria University's School of Construction Industries in Newport for the past four-and-a-half years.
He received the award for his efforts in developing more flexible training methods for budding builders undertaking their apprenticeships with VU and the Housing Industry Association.
Haydn's approach was to redesign some of VU's carpentry training as a flexible on-site training program.
He reduced the amount of time VU apprentices spend in the classroom by integrating more on-site training, setting up electronic assessments, and offering students flexible enrolment times and custom-made timetables.
"The benefits include closer relationships with employers, greater knowledge- sharing about changes in the building industry, and preparedness to respond to future changes", he said.
Prior to teaching VU's apprentice carpenters, Haydn taught work-for-the-dole participants through the University's community initiative program.
He started his career as an apprentice carpenter himself, and was taught by some of the very people he now calls colleagues at VU.
Haydn Radford is available for interview.
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