Tandem training of WBL tutors
Assumptions and methodology
- As the role of work-based learning has become crucial for quality of VET, the quality assurance systems of work placements, aprrenticeships and other forms of WBL should be an important elementi n VET QA;
- Quality of VET placements is influenced by 2 sets of factors:
– systemic aspects, motivational elements in the system, legislation, policy;
– skills and attitudes of people, tutors involved in organization of placements: tutor from VET institution, tutor at host company, trainee; and the quality of cooperation between VET institution and Host company;
- The skills of VET tutors and tutors from Host companies, as well as quality of cooperation are important during 3 phases related to work placement: before the placement, during the placement, and after the placement;
- The required skills and attitudes can be acquired through training provided through training offered to tutors from VET and Host companies, especially joint training of both target groups;
- This Q-Placements project builds on experience of Baltic Training Programme approach (using coaching techniques to provide guidance to VET students before, during and after placements, effective cooperation with host companies) and HansaVET project approach (training of VET tutors to provide guidance to students in placements and communication with host companies);
- Transfer of Innovation: Q-Placements Handbook , Q-Placements Model
The procedures, documentation proposed in Q-Placements Handbook will be integrated into Q-Placements methodology and training programme; Q-Placements will also use the experience of the Netherlands (BPV protocol as guidelines for organization of placements).
- Our project uses the term „work placements” for apprenticeships, traineeships or other forms of work-based learning (WBL);
- Our project uses the term „work-based learning” in line with the following definitions:Definition 1: Acquisition of knowledge and skills through carrying out – and reflecting on – tasks in a vocational context, either at the workplace (such as alterance training) or in a VET institution.
Source: Glossary- Quality in Education and Training. CEDEFOP Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2011
Definition 2: programs for both secondary and post-secondary students which provide opportunities to achieve employment-related competencies in the workplace. Work-based learning is often undertaken in conjunction with classroom or related learning and may take the form of work placements, work experience, workplace mentoring, instruction in general workplace competencies and broad instruction in all aspects of industry.
Source: Naidu, R. VET Glossary, NCVER, 2008 (Rev 2011)
Training programme and materials
Q-Placements training methodology and training programme have been developed in October 2014.
European Train-the-Trainer workshop took place on October 13-15, 2014 in Riga, Latvia. It was organized for Lead-trainers from Latvia, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain.
National Joint Training workshops involving VET tutors and Host company tutors will be organized in Latvia, the Netherland, Slovenia and Spain between October 2014 and February 2015.
Training materials and presentations used in Train-the-Trainer workshop
Example of a Training Programme for Joint Workshops of VET Tutors and Enterprise Mentors: Download
Project’s presentations in partners’ languages
Q-Placements Presentation in English
Q-Placements Presentation Spanish
Q-Placements Presentation Latvian
Q-Placements Presentation Dutch
Q-Placements Presentation in Slovenian
EQAVET Quality Assuring Work-Based Learning
European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training
European Alliance of Apprenticeships
Cedefop Handbook for VET Providers Supporting Internal Quality Management
Improving the Quality of Company-Based Learning, BIBB
Compendium – Quality of In-Company Learning, BIBB
VET Riga Conclusions
Cedefop Report on VET Policies 2010 – 2014
Report from the EC on the Implementation of EQAVET, January 30, 2014
Council Recommendation for a Quality Framework of Traineeships
European Quality Charter on Internships and Apprenticeships
Cedefop briefing note “Developing Apprenticeships”, May 2014
Leaflet in English