What it is and how it benefits the learner

Project-based learning is a holistic and practice-oriented approach in learning by doing. The focus here is on learning by working on real life projects i.e. repairing of a fan.

On a real life project, trainees practice implementation of knowledge and skills, tools, machines and material needed, and prepare a plan to create it. They would learn on a project specification, design, processes involved from design to dispatch, meaning and importance of quality management at each step, to practice soft skills such as communication, teamwork, as well as to make a presentation and to document what is needed to complete the project. 

On project trainees acquire knowledge and skills directly needed in the project, which may be different from the prescribed syllabus i.e. in a solar lamp project Fitter students learn turning, milling, and many more skills. At AIAT, all courses are conducted using this methodology.

Why Project-based learning?

Each individual learns differently, some learn better by doing, others learn better academically. In general we found that youth joining an ITI course are poor performers in academic learning. Therefore AIAT adjusts its teaching methods to the needs of these youth. By working on a project they experience being successful, they become interested, self-confident and thereby improve their performance. Project-based learning offers this. 

Benefit of the trainees:

  • Theory is directly linked with real life products, it becomes understandable and is limited to that which is needed.
  • Better understanding of the processes involved in making a product. 
  • Importance of quality at each step of the process.
  • Practicing the required skills. 
  • Planning of tasks, material and machines needed and how to accomplish it.
  • Working in teams, practice of communication skills, adjusting more easily to the working environment at the company.
  • Better employability.
  • Entrepreneur skills and start-up training.