Reducing youth unemployment across the EU remains a significant issue and developing their skills to meet employer needs and find work is a crucial element to respond to this challenge. Work-based learning (WBL) uses the workplace as a powerful learning environment that contributes to developing these skills.
Promote WBL will not only identify and share methods which help make work-based learning more effective, but it will also provide VET professionals with the knowledge and tools to make it happen through a dedicated online course. Our partnership aims to demonstrate that work-based learning in VET can be a win-win situation for both learners and the host employer.
Barriers to making this happen can be challenging to overcome. Issues we have identified include poor relationships and collaboration between VET providers and employers, and a significant skills gap among learners of transversal skills; especially their entrepreneurship capabilities. VET professionals play a key role in developing this agenda, as both relationship-builder with industry and as the deliverer of skills improvement in young people. Promote WBL will support the training of VET teachers to help their students to make the most of their work-based learning.
The consortium unites VET providers, businesses and social partners from 7 EU countries; the United Kingdom (Creative Alliance), Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Poland and Croatia. Through this consortium we have produced an online training course for VET professionals and a series of complementary support tools. Through this we aim to support VET institutions to create a number of long-term collaborations between themselves and businesses of all sizes to create high quality work-based learning opportunities for their learners. It is also expected that, through Promote WBL’s contribution to a more effective learning experience for students, we can help to influence an increase of early employment outcomes.
Visit our e-learning portal to gain access to the FREE resources created by this project, including:
- Guide on Effective Work-Based Learning in VET
- Training course for VET teachers to facilitate and promote effective WBL
- Handbook for VET Students
- Open Online Learning Environment
- Peer-to-Peer learning group on WBL
- Support Manual for VET teachers
- Methodology Report
Training Course http://elearning.promotewbl.eu/