Excellence in work based learning

The initiative focuses on the question of how CoVEs can support work-based learning in companies.

Work-based learning is a key aspect of education-business collaboration, which is one of the eight priority thematic areas for the ETF Network for Excellence. The cooperation and coordination between schools and employers is at the core of successful work-based learning.

The six countries involved in this initiative are: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, North Macedonia, Kazakhstan

How does it work?

Through the development of partnerships between EU and non-EU Centres of Vocational Excellence.

Coaching and Peer learning activities are offered to the members of the network by other Centres of Excellence located in the EU, specifically in the Baltic countries, through the Latvian Vocational Education Association.

Why the Baltic countries?  

§  Their recent experience in system reform: introduction of more and high-quality work-based learning

§  VET systems are based on a strategic partnership between public authorities and social partners

§  Strong institutions with excellent practice in school – business cooperation (e.g. VET school in Ogre/Latvia)

§  Transnational cooperation: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania established the Baltic Alliance for Apprenticeships (BAfA)

§  joined forces in two consecutive Erasmus+ programs: (i) “National Authorities for Apprenticeships: Implementing Work Based Learning in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia” WBL Balt (2014 – 2017) and

(ii) “Testing New Approaches to Training VET and Workplace Tutors for Work Based Learning - TTT4WBL” (2017 – 2020).

Moreover, a baseline study will be produced, and progress evaluated.

Baseline Study: What do we want to know?

§  Mapping of the current work-based learning practices of each participating CoVE and related cluster

  • Analysis of aggregate state of play, identifying shared strengths and opportunities for cooperation and development
  • Report with methodological review of criteria and their application

Progress Evaluation: What do we want to know?

  • Evaluation of progress made by each CoVE together with its cluster
  • Analysis of progress made by all participants and analysis of strengths, weaknesses, barriers and enablers for pro-gress in work-based learning and for transmission of practice
  • Quantitative analysis

Developmental stories, one per CoVE and related cluster, to act as case studies

What is the benefit for participating CoVEs?

• Peer learning activities

• Multiple contacts with public authorities, business associations, chambers, employers, schools etc. in the Baltic countries

• Access to proven tools and methodologies

• Professional coaching, online and on-site in the Partner Countries

• Baseline study & evaluation report

• High visibility in Open Space, the ETF online platform