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 completed our WorkPlace Learning project in Tallinn. From January 13 to 16, 2020. We have evaluated an extraordinary and the lessons we have all learned. Thanks to all the partners for such an exceptional project.
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

WPL Project: Learning activity from April 22nd to 26th, 2019 in BRAGA. ESPROMINHO.

We celebrated Training C3 in Braga, at Esprominho, reflecting on the following topics:

The team’s most important questions were as follows:

1. What is the experience and skillset required to be a WBL (Work-Based Learning) teacher?
2. How can WBL enhance students’ technological skills?
3. How can WBL be utilized as a tool to address school dropout and facilitate integration into the job market?
4. How is communication established among the trainee, school, and company during internships?
5. What methods are used to evaluate internships, involving all stakeholders and criteria?
6. Is the evaluation process quantitative or qualitative?
7. How is the weight of internship performance factored into the overall course assessment?
8. What strategies are in place for correction in case of failure or negative evaluations?
9. What outcome indicators are collected?
10. How do these outcomes drive changes in the WBL procedure?

EsproMinho – Escola Profissional do Minho, Lda is a private vocational school, owned by a limited liability commercial company, composed of four members who hold the entire share capital of the company and are also part of the school’s board of directors.

Esprominho – Escola Profissional do Minho began its activities in the academic year 1999-2000, with authorization from the Ministry of Education. It offers vocational training courses at qualification levels II and IV for young adults, granting equivalence up to the 12th grade or high school. In 2010, the school relocated to a new infrastructure, which required significant financial efforts.

The Esprominho Educational Project is based on values such as professionalism, precision, knowledge, entrepreneurship, leadership, multiculturalism, humanism, and internationalization.

Established in the Northwest Pioneer region, founded in 1989, the pedagogical practice holds an essential value and a success and professional integration rate of approximately 85%. This success can be attributed to factors like motivation, high scientific and professional qualification, an educational project and functional organizational structure based on professional and business realities, and an educational relationship that combines formal and non-formal education for comprehensive student development.

EsproMinho has a total of 61 employees, including teachers, non-teaching staff, and board members. Among the 44 teachers (72% of the total), 24 are internal (55%) and 20 are external (26%). Among the 14 non-teaching staff members (23%), 8 (13%) are operational assistants and 5 (8%) are administrative assistants. Currently, Esprominho has around 500 students.

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PROJECT WPL: Learning Activity from April 22nd to 26th, 2019 in BRAGA. ESPROMINHO

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

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!

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