Stan Lester Developments

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Dr Stan Lester

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Croatian qualifications workshop


This page provides information and links for selected projects.




Projects with links and resources


Degree Apprenticeships.  Stan recently worked with Middlesex University and UVAC on a project on Degree Apprenticeships funded by the Edge Foundation, and is co-author of the project report.  He was also commissioned by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2016 to produce a report on work-integrated higher education, in order to inform the development of degree apprenticeships.

                 ► Sustainable Degree Apprenticeships report (2020), article (2020)

                 ► Work-integrated degrees report (2016)

                 ► Centre for Degree Apprenticeships (external site).   


Digi4VET.  Stan Lester is the scientific lead for this Erasmus+ strategic partnership project, concerned with the training implications of digitisation (‘industrie 4.0’), and focusing specifically on augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D printing as tools for use in vocational education and training.  The project is led by SBG-Dresden, and includes additional partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Cyprus.  It started in 2018 and is due to be completed in August 2021. 

                 ► Digi4VET page.   


Architects Registration Board.  Stan recently worked as an external expert on the review of the criteria and procedures that are used for approving courses in architecture and admitting ‘non-standard’ entrants to the register of architects.  The Review has now been suspended until the future relationship with the EU becomes clearer, when the ARB is intending to consider wider matters relating to routes to registration. 

                 ► ARB Review page (external site).   


ComProCom (Communicating Professional Competence) was an Erasmus+ strategic partnership project that Stan Lester developed with VFA/EETAA in Athens and partners from Poland, Germany, Ireland and Austria.  It ran from 2015 to 2017, and developed a model of describing ‘competence as practice’, reflecting the needs of higher-level occupations.  This project resulted in several practical and academic publications, linked on the project page.

                 ► ComProCom page.


Higher vocational education and training in Europe.  Stan Lester worked from 2014 to 2017 with the Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), the German federal institute for vocational education and training, on a project on higher VET and work-based learning in six European countries (England, France, Norway, Austria, Poland and Ireland). 

                 ► H-VET page.   


Family Mediation Council.  Stan Lester has worked with the FMC to review and revise the profession’s qualifying and self-regulatory processes, and to support establishment of the Family Mediation Standards Board. 

                 ► FMC standards and self-regulation page.  


Research into professional qualifying processes.  In 2012 Stan Lester completed a study into professional competence standards and frameworks in the UK.  He has also carried out two studies in partnership with the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN), one concerning routes to initial qualified status and the other about further designations such as fellowships.  Publications from these projects can be found using the link below.

                 ► Professions research page.   


Training for vocational rehabilitation practitioners.  Stan was a partner in the Leonardo project TRAVORS2, which developed a training programme and certificate for vocational rehabilitation practitioners.  The project involved partners in the UK, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Lithuania and Turkey.   

                 ► TRAVORS2 page.


Heritage conservation as a profession.  Stan Lester worked with the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and its predecessors to introduce professional and technician qualifications and to help develop conservation as a profession.  He is currently (2019-20) involved in reviewing the Icon professional standards. 

                 ► Icon qualifications page.  


Work-based learning at university level.  Stan was involved in the development of the former Ufi-Learndirect Learning through Work system, as well as with work-based learning developments at Middlesex University and in theorising and researching work-based learning at doctoral level.   

                 ► Work-based learning page.



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