Project: WORK PLACE LEARNING
The main goal of this project is to professionalize teachers, trainers and mentors in VET by exchanging good examples of practice about 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.
The project coordinated by Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen (KathOndVla)in Belgium, involves five countries more: Estonia, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal and Spain
Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen(KathOndVla) is a public authority and the official institution, recognized and funded by the Flemish department of education, responsible for the support of Catholic schools in Flanders. KathOndVla is the largest educational organization in Flanders. The organization represents some 1400 schools in primary education, more than 600 schools in secondary education (general secondary education as well as vocational education and training) some 150 special needs schools and 41 centers of adult education (Second chance education, general secondary education as well as vocational education and training).
We have celebrated the sixth training of our project in Izola, from November 25 to 29, 2019
The central theme of the training has been to know the different systems of evaluation of results that are developed in Slovenia. We have known firsthand what is the professional Qualification system that is implemented at the national level by: - Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training - National examinations Center. We have also known the activities carried out by our partner P.C.O., Poklicni center Obala. A very good training, the last of our project, to be able to congratulate all the participants.
WPL PROJECT: We have celebrated the fifth Training from September 9 to 13, 2019 in GRANADA
Focus activity: "C5 - the support of the students during their work-based learning activities carried out in the course of the qualification process."
We have talked about entrepreneurship orientation, improvement of transversal skills and we have answered these questions:
- How to motivate teachers and tutors to take advantage of WPL to increase the competencies of students with a view to a future and not only to the present?
- For our students to be innovative or creative, is it necessary for their teachers and tutors to change their mentality?
- Is it appropriate to guide teachers and companies to take advantage of the internship time to give them more competencies than those related to the company where they are?
- In an objective situation like the one in Granada:
- High youth unemployment
- High educational level, is it appropriate to help young people to be entreperuners or would it be better for them to look for work outside?
- How could we improve the support given to teachers and tutors to improve students qualifications process?
A fruitful meeting, in which, in addition, we have enjoyed the beauty of Granada and the reunion with partners with whom it unites us so much.
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.
- basic school graduates;
- upper-secondary school graduates;
- adults of different ages;
- 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.