Needs and problems have been identified in previous projects. Austria and Germany have a clear advantage over other countries. Especially compared to Spain, Greece and Italy.
In Austria there is a good system for cooperation between vocational training and companies. The system should be brought more into practice. To do this, there needs to be financial support for ensuring quality and monitoring the impact of workplace learning.
There must be a better system for vocational education in Germany. For this, the practical working people should improve their skills. Then their companies can look more appealing with workplace learning. Because the people help the trainees and learners. Therefore, they should have very good skills and share their knowledge. The new technologies are helping to shape workplace learning.
In Greece, the vocational education system has not been redesigned yet. At the moment, there are some weaknesses in their training system. One reason is the reputation of a vocational career. It is still weak in Greece. There are also only a few jobs. This is especially seen in private sectors. The system also has too small a reach.
1. TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF WORKPLACE LEARNING APPROACHES
Project partners are developing new and creative programs. The programs are designed to train practical working individuals. These people work in areas of vocational training, general education, in business, as social partners, with public administrations.
There are several Erasmus+ projects. The projects are brought together. The most important thing is a larger target group. The target group can help to build more partnerships in the project. The partnerships should be created in the field of vocational education. Vocational education has workplace learning as its basis.
The target group includes these individuals:
x civil servants and technical staff of public administrations
x youth organizations
x social partners
x teachers and instructors
x trainers and instructors
x principals and principals
x businessmen and businesswomen
in institutions for vocational education
in institutions for general education
Participating organizations design the new training programs. They share the programs with key interested groups. These groups work on a local basis. This allows them to have more influence on working together and on learners.
There are several challenges in doing this:
x Examining the weaknesses of workplace learning and the need for a good workforce. Preparations must be made for this.
x Developing new and creative programs for workforce training.
x Testing and evaluating the programs for training
x Testing and editing the training programs for workers with very good skills
2. TRAINING AIDS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF WORKPLACE LEARNING APPROACHES
The project partners are developing new and creative training aids. They are aimed especially at practically working people. These people work in areas of vocational training, general education, in companies, as social partners, with public administrations.
Here are the same challenges as in the training programs.
3. PRACTICAL OVERVIEW FOR MONITORING, EVALUATING AND ENSURING THE QUALITY OF WORKPLACE LEARNING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL ABILITIES
The project partners are preparing a practical overview. This overview identifies important topics. The topics are assessed as missing and of concern by the partners in this project.
These topics are:
x Processes for monitoring for workplace learning for learners and for businesses. Also for local policies in development for education, employment and social cohesion.
x Processes for assessing learning outcomes and the impact of workplace learning.
x Assurance of the quality of the whole process of workplace learning.
These are the challenges:
x Designing and testing the practical overview for monitoring, assessment and quality of workplace learning.
x Revision of the practical overview
4. SCENE BOOK OF INNOTRAIN'S WORK AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO INTERESTED LOCAL GROUPS
The project partners create a scene book. The working method of the project is shown in the scene book in drawings. The partners follow this way of working. By doing so, they want to achieve certain results during the implementation and have a new impact on the target group.
The scene book can help to transfer the way of working to other European organizations. These organizations could also deal with workplace learning and vocational training in the future.
x Designing elements to help develop partnerships in vocational education. Especially in the countries Italy, Spain and Greece. Interested groups use these elements.
x Strengthening of these elements in Germany and Austria.
x Improvement and renewal of existing tools and training programs for practical working persons. These persons must work in specific facilities. The facilities must be related to education or work.
x Establishment of better cooperation between private and public work centers. This is to be accomplished by designing and trying out new ways of working together.
x Improving methods for ensuring the quality of workplace learning. The most important elements of workplace learning will be investigated. This research should promote a planned development of the field of vocational education.
x Closing the gap between education and business
x Revitalizing business in vocational education through training for practical working people.
x Reducing youth unemployment and strengthening workplace learning in vocational education and training
x Actively engage social partners in the process of designing, delivering, and monitoring workplace learning.
x There is a deeper knowledge about the collaboration of participating organizations. These are European organizations in vocational education. They also include local stakeholders.
x The project partners developed new training programs. The programs are for specific countries. The countries are for practical working individuals and stakeholders. Individuals and groups are engaged in education and training.
x Experienced partners have developed creative tools for education. These tools have been vetted at the European level.
x Participating organizations have been able to establish a European network. The network includes institution for trainings, private companies, social partners and public workplaces. The network promotes collaboration and learning in the workplace.
x European experts now have more opportunities. For this purpose, procedures and renewals have been compared across countries. This has taken place on the basis of the need for good skills and quality assurance.
x More useful technical preparation and improved skills among key stakeholders.
x expanding partnerships in the areas of vocational training and workplace learning
x lasting collaboration between key stakeholders with an impact on other local European areas
x new and better opportunities for good on-the-job training for students and trainees
x lasting policy methods for renewal and opportunities for employment in vocational education and training;
these methods are used by political leaders in local and national areas;
thus changes of requirements on the labor market are in the first place
x Better networking of people working practically through the workplace learning approach.
x companies need to be technically capable of developing good and useful workplace learning experiences; this requires a better understanding of technical skills
x more effective cross-national collaboration; this should develop opportunities for student employment more quickly; this applies to students supported by successful learning on the job
x developing new tools for learning on an ongoing basis
x the importance of learning at work is known to interested groups through project results and their dissemination in the European area
x partners are working on the finalized methods and actions for raising awareness of the value of workplace learning;
this should create increased positive impact for entrepreneurs, local organizations and key stakeholders
x Partners develop methods for good understanding between all stakeholders;
specific measures will be used;
through these there should be good results in the dissemination of the project results
x Involve a large number of key interested groups in Europe;
this will allow a wide reach in the implementation of new tools for training in vocational education and in companies
x professional development of practically working persons in organizations;
training programs and tools serve as an aid;
these are connected with learning on the job and require quality assurance and monitoring
x dedicated participation of our teachers/tutors in training courses;
this is intended to stimulate interest in colleagues
x Improving the experience of workplace learning for students
and making the transition from school to work easier;
to this end, more exercises can be incorporated into the process of learning
x Renewing our approach with social partners and businesses with workplace learning programs.
x Deepening relationships with local and European companies;
greater networking can be created through activities;
the requirements for skills in the local and European labor market should be conveyed through them;
then the flexibility of training and practical exercises in foreign companies can be promoted
x Develop strategies for collaboration with interested groups and partners for training with workplace learning;
this should promote workplace learning, prepare trainees well, facilitate the recruitment of new trainees
x It is aimed at trainers and tutors from one company;
they should have very good skills in terms of ensuring the quality of workplace learning and in processes of supervision
x Companies should be encouraged to participate also in future Erasmus+ projects.
x At the end of the project there should be more students and opportunities for internship in companies.
x Assuming a clearer and more active role in the cooperation between vocational training and companies.
x Targeting capable workers and civil servants; they must be ready to embrace workplace learning as a start for youth policies
x Cross-national cooperation for joint activities
This schedule describes the progress of the project to date. It documents the goals achieved and the results of the project. It also represents the good cooperation of the project partners involved.
The schedule is only a draft. It will be updated during the course of the project. In the meantime, the plan serves as an orientation for the work still to be done.