Second staff meeting of the Project: Workplace learning: what can we learn from each other

During the 6th and 7th of June we celebrated the second staff meeting of our WPL project. We have worked on the Project Report, analyzing the quality indexes and its development.

A good job for a good project.

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.

https://www.rak.ee/

Second Training of the WPL project – Workplace learning: what can we learn from each other in Solingen Germany

The week of the 14th to the 18th of January we have carried out the second training of the WORK PLACE LEARNING project, C2-activity KA2-WBL, in Solingen, Germany.

Our partners of the ZIB - Zentrum für Integration und Bildung - Solingen have shared with the rest of the partners their models of preparation and accompaniment to employment for people with difficulties of insertion in the labor market. It has been an interesting PEER - EVALUATION where all the partners have learned from the great strategies developed by ZIB in Solingen.

Thanks to the fantastic team of ZIB.

Workplace learning: what can we learn from each other. We have started the project

Workplace learning: what can we learn from each other approved by the National Agency of Belgium with the number 2018-1-BE02-KA202-046830, and coordinated by our colleagues from vzw Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen

Institutions from Belgium, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Estonia and Portugal participate in this project

On November 12 to 14, 2018, we developed the first exchange of good practices in Brussels where the first training assistants worked around the PEER Evaluation concept, answering the following questions;

Getting connected: Introduction to the working method PEER EVALUATION

- What do you mean by peer evaluation? What is it/what is it not?

- What can be the added value of your participation in a peer evaluation?

- Do you already have experience with this method?

The main goal of this project is to professionalise teachers, trainers and mentors in VET by exchanging good examples of practice with regard to the use and implementation of workplace learning in their curricula. In this context, we want to pay special attention to the possibilities that we do not use today to facilitate access to this 'new' form of learning for specific target groups. In this project we consider all the separate parts that are part of workplace learning starting with the development of a network of companies with which we want to collaborate in function of the diversity of the learners, to evaluate and validate the knowledge and skills that they have learned in the workplace. The common thread throughout the entire process is the guidance / coaching of the learners by all those involved and the quality development throughout the process.

Looking forward to attending the next meeting in Solingen, Germany in January!

First staff meeting of the project: Workplace learning: what can we learn from each other

First staff meeting of the project: Workplace learning: what can we learn from each other

On November 15 and 16, 2018, we held the first staff meeting of the project en Bruselas. There we refined the doubts, talked about how to carry it out with levels of excellence, to disseminate what we learned and how to achieve the greatest benefits of this exchange,

In addition, we take the opportunity to visit the Parliament of Flanders. A good experience!