I have chosen to research the impact of the induction process on learners starting college for my action project for a number of reasons. Primarily, because I believe that this is a key area for the college. It is the first impression for learners and currently sees a high dropout rate between application completion and course start date. Secondly, within my role I have scope to make necessary changes to this area. This will allow me to test my theories and ideas. I have seen the induction process change over the time I have worked at the college and it has already improved, but I feel that it still has further room for growth.
The purpose of this research was to establish the benefits of changing the student induction process to increase retention on childcare courses during the first four weeks of the course.
The main difficulty was retaining students, in the first few weeks of a course; it seemed we were incapable of maintaining punctuality and motivating students to remain on their enrolled programme of choice. I t was this situation and the consequences of poor retention figures that provoked me to investigate why this was happening.