Eastern Partnership Annual Regional Forum on work-based learning in VET
ETF is organizing Eastern Partnership Regional Forum on work-based learning in vocational education and training. This initiative is part of the ETF support to the Eastern Partnership countries to develop and implement the policies for work-based learning (WBL) which is considered a key tool to better match VET provision with skills needs of companies, to improve overall relevance and attractiveness of VET and, therefore, to contribute to improvement of employability of young people.
The outcomes of several ETF actions and initiatives, including 3-year regional project on WBL for Eastern Europe and Kazakhstan (2015-2017), confirmed the high value and benefits of networking between partner countries in the region and of peer learning with countries of the European Union. It also showed the need for further capacity building for the main stakeholders in view of policy development and implementation of work-based learning in the countries.
This year, the Regional Forum is organised by the ETF under Eastern Partnership Platform 4 “Mobility and People-to-People contacts” and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
The focus of the 2019 annual Forum will be on: SMEs engagement in WBL and Quality Assurance in WBL.
The main objectives of the 2019 Regional Forum are:
- To examine how to involve companies, in particular SMEs, in WBL,
- To share experiences and encourage policy dialogue between countries in the region;
- To support policy makers and social partners to reflect on their own practices on WBL in VET;
- To strengthen technical capabilities of stakeholders for planning and implementation of WBL.
The Forum primarily targets policy makers and social partners from the Eastern Partnership region.