Planning WBL

WBL & Apprenticeships

Amongst the many examples of Work based learning, the dual vocational system has long been recognized as one the most successful and long-standing apprenticeship models around the world. As the name suggests, the dual vocational system allows apprentice to split their learning time between the theoretical learning of a vocational school, as well as practical learning through direct employment which is facilitated by a private company. The dual system has been practiced in this way in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for hundreds of years. Dual Vocational Training - Germany's successful system

The dual Vocational system has not been popular popular in the german speaking countries but has begun to be adopted in other countries across Europe, as businesses discover the benefits of hosting this programme and the quality of qualified workers it can achieve for a company. Apprenticeships across the EU: how to maximise their benefits

Although this form of apprenticeship training is highly beneficial for both company and apprentice, private companies must often begin to get creative as they find themselves not only competing against each other for the best apprentice candidates but against the wide career options open to young people in Europe today. Companies courting Apprenticeships

In order to secure quality candidates for their apprenticeship, many private companies also look beyond school students coming directly out of school and taking the first steps in their career. There are also many other quality candidates coming to apprenticeship schemes from diverse career paths, which can bring many benefits to private companies. From College Dropout to Craftsman


1.) Planning WBL step by step

Apprenticeship structure such as the Dual system with emphasis on work-based learning require private companies to take on learning apprentices for lengthy period of time. This structure places demands on the private companies, but also provides sustained benefits to business. The shared responsibility for the apprentice the key to the systems success. The Dual system

Much responsibility for learning lays at the door of the private company. The apprentice is dependent on the private company to provide learning and quality working experience in real working situations and suitable for the working world after they have qualified. Therefore companies near to provide clear but practical objectives for their apprentices. Much these learning objectives need to rooted in practical aspects of the chosen trade. Creating learning and work tasks

There are of course further skills beyond the trade skills that are necessary for apprentices to learn and the company hosting an apprenticeship should aim to teach in a wa that will benefit the apprentices learning but also benefit the company. Action-oriented vocational training steps

For apprentices to learn successfully it is important for them to understand how the tasks that they undertake in their host company are part of the larger picture. This allows them to understand their role in a work process and that each individual task has an importance to achieve the greater goal. Using and analysing work processes


2.) WBL abroad

For many companies there is apprehension about partaking in a structure such as the dual-system. There are often worries about implemention and success guarantees in the context of what seems to be a big commitment and responsibility involvled in training apprentices. After all, this model may be successful in Germany or Austria, but what guarantee is there that such a system can be successful in creating skilled workers in other regions.

I) Stengthening VET abroad

ii) Stihl exports a German training system

iii)  To Train Skilled Workers, Americans Use German Model