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Many Motor trade apprentice students enter the later years of their studies ill prepared for the level of the material encountered. This is due to several factors including the level of mathematics they have on leaving school. A lot of basic material has been covered during earlier years of their training but by the time they reach the third year of their apprenticeship (Phase 6) it is not safe to assume that they have a full grasp of the basics required. I have developed a diagnostic test to measure the level of preparedness of these students. This test covers basic mathematics, science and engine technology.
In addition to this the diagnostic test also forces students to revise and master the basics from their earlier years. Along with the test a series of online resources have also been provided to the students.
In this paper the test is outlined in detail. We enumerate the problem areas encountered by students studying mathematics and related subjects and suggest possible improvements that could be made by this initiative.
Kenny, P. : Improving Core Skills in Apprentice Education. in Carr, M., Bowe, B., Ni Fhloinn, E.: Improving core mathematical skills in engineering undergraduates, 15th SEFI MWG, Wismar, 2010