The idea for the project is based on observations and analysis within projects already carried out and strategies and analysis on a EU level. Even before the covid-19 pandemic took place, the need for an upgraded, personalised approach through Work based Learning (WBL) and simplification of WBL by innovative use of digitalisation of activities, has been revealed as a logical step forward in the modernisation of the process. Now however this need is becoming more and more evident and essential for facing nowadays challenges, as we believe that innovation is the best way to manage the
new era WBL process.
The project focuses on developing and building/upgrading a digital platform, on the promotion of innovative approaches to WBL, inclusion and consideration of the needs of all key players involved in the WBL process (VET students, schools and companies), use of digital technologies for pedagogical, administrative, technical and organisational change, accessibility of information, enabling learning opportunities, skills development and recognition of learning outcomes.
To provide the key players involved in the WBL process innovative online tools, resources
and methodologies to establish it effectively in a transnational context of school-business cooperation as well as intergenerational peer learning between teachers/trainers and pupils.
1. Supporting VET
teachers and in-company trainers in managing the collaborative WBL process starting from their active participation in the development of proper digital online solutions.
2. Develop and use high quality digital content to facilitate the WBL
process for the benefit of all users involved (VET students and teachers, in-company trainers), in particular by bringing it closer to generations of digital natives.
3. To propose forms of joint, innovative and collaborative intergenerational training.
The project activities foresee the inclusion of target groups such as VET students, VET teachers, incompany trainers, companies and businesses that are part of the network of VET schools, new era sectors companies in all partner countries, companies connected within smart specialization industry chains. The first step and activity (R1 – WBL DIGITAL APPROACH) aims to research the target users, by using the Design Thinking approach methodology and digital personalised and user oriented approach to WBL process to develop a digital platform. This will lead to development of digital support for VET students additional to matchmaking phase. Tasks: – in-company trainer content – tutoring & monitoring the WBL process – student’s portfolio & awarding badges – feedback & exchange of experiences The platform will consist of a new approach to the WBL process that will introduce digitalization of supporting tasks inside WBL. The goal is to engage with all involved end users of the WBL process to inspire, collaborate, share and interact.
The following activity in the digital platform spectrum is TUTORIALS THROUGH CBL APPROACH, where the training of trainers and teachers to be able to develop video materials and podcasts that are attractive enough for VET students to use them, will be developed. In the context of Multiplier events, there are seven Companies seminars planned, seven VET seminars and the Final event. The seminars will take place in Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain, Austria, Ireland and Serbia.
The main goals are to raise the level of awareness between companies and enterprises about the digital platform, impact and provide guidance on the practices of local stakeholders, to disseminate project results and to encourage employers to provide WBL and adopt the usage of the digital platform. The VET seminars will provide students and schools with an useful tool and will raise the level of awareness between VET students and teachers about the digital platform, impact the
organisation of WBL, disseminate project results and encourage schools to adopt and promote the use of the digital platform.