InnoTrain is a project partnership that aims to promote learning in the workplace in all its forms by supporting the professional development of teaching and training staff in VET. The partnership follows the priorities of the New Skills Agenda, making VET the first choice for the design and implementation of Work Based Learning (WBL). Work-based learning aims at acquiring knowledge, skills and competences by conducting and reflecting on tasks in a professional environment, either at the workplace or in a VET institution.
The project aims to help regional and local actors strengthen their cooperation structures in order to bridge the gap between education and training and the labor market.
In InnoTrain, relevant stakeholders from Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Greece will explore common regional approaches that can support effective and sustainable development and the consolidation of VET partnerships. On this basis, partners design activities to build capacity for VET professionals. These should enable them to create a high-quality WBL element in the training and development of cooperation structures.
Professionals in VET, general education, as well as enterprises, social partners, local institutions and youth associations are among the main target groups. The project addresses, among others, teachers and tutors, various companies interested in the WBL, external specialists as well as local and European institutions.
On the one hand, the partners will develop transferable concepts for the improvement of practitioners' professional skills that can be used in day-to-day education. On the other hand, the project partners intend to develop strategies for effective cooperation structures in VET and business, in which local actors in particular should participate.
In addition to the first transnational partner meeting, the first training for experts of the participating organizations took place in Vienna in February 2019. In particular, the focus of this first training was to develop strengths and weaknesses of workplace-based learning and to develop innovative training programs that can be used by experts independently of the project.
The next training will take place in June 2019 in Berlin.