PROJECT WPL: Learning Activity from 2 till 6 June 2019 in RAKVERE Rakvere Ametikool (Rakvere Vocational School)

We have held Training C4 in Rakvere, reflecting on the following issues:

The most important questions that the team asked itself were as follows:

How to find reliable companies who are interested in and willing to contribute in WPL/WBL?

How to educate/guide the tutor/supervisor at the company? The tutor/supervisor can have excellent professional skills, but how to rise their pedagogical skills?

How to motivate the companies to have students either for WPL or WBL?

How to motivate the companies to have only 1 or 2 students in WBL-program in the company if so far there have only been groups of students in a company?

How to reach adult learners without dates skills or no skills to enroll in school?

How to improve cooperation with companies? How to reach companies?

How to motivate companies for cooperation with school (eg. professionals coming to give lessons or practical training at school)?

Rakvere Ametikool (Rakvere Vocational School) was established as vocational education institution in 1981.

From 1981 – 1991 the name of the school was Rakvere Kutsekeskkool nr 38 (Rakvere Vocational Secondary school no 38) and where following professions were taught: assembler-electrician, painter, cabinet-maker, repair- and maintenance assembler, plumber, dressmaker and cook.

In 1991 the school was re-named as Rakvere Kutsekeskkool (Rakvere Vocational Secondary School). Since 2008 the school is named as Rakvere Ametikool.

New workshops were ready in 2010 and main building of the school was renovated on 2012.

Every year the school enrolls approximately 700 students from all over Estonia.

They teach:

  1. basic school graduates;
  2. upper-secondary school graduates;
  3. adults of different ages;
  4. young people without basic education.

In VET, workplace practice is an important part of the learning process.

Workplace Internship and Practice at School are taking at least 50% of the total studying.

There are several forms of learning: stationary, cycle and workplace-based studies. In the case of workplace-based learning, one third of the learning is at school (theory) and two thirds is at work under the guidance of masters of the company. This form of learning is for

working people who want to acquire a qualification. First work-based learning group was opened in Rakvere Ametikool at 2015 in the field of metalwork.