One of the largest challenges for the EU of 27 is and will be to guarantee the health and social care of his populations. Within the EU there is a common understanding that the care for children, adults and elderly will be a sector of economic prosperity and job growth. Though the social sector itself is considered by national and European policy makers as a sector at risk: a crucial lack of skilled workers and a high rate of migration of workers, with specific needs for vocational guidance and training. On the other hand the society has become very demanding for a high quality of social care and nursing.
On the job learning has become a vital factor in developing a guidance system considering labour-market demands. In the near future vocational education and training will become less school-centred and learning on the job has to be integrated in curricula and study plans. Job-embedded learning provides a different view of inservice learning and changes our thinking about work from completing tasks to viewing daily experiences as opportunities to learn.
Job-embedded learning is also a rather new paradigm for staff development that will help shape professional learning in the 21st century. There is a lack of understanding how the different education systems deal with learning based on 'training on the job' and how successful each system works.
All partners in this partnership agree that networking, exchanging knowledge across Europe and learning from best practices on EU level is a very important factor in strengthening their own learning organisations.
Objectives and Strategy
The concrete objectives of the partnership:
- exchange best practices and results from pilot projects on learning based on “training on the job”
- develop educational materials, teaching methodology and tools for VET
- update standards for assessment of job-embedded learning and for implementation of those standards in the curricula.
- strengthen the mutual learning within partner organisations and their partners in the workplace
- build a learning network between the partners
- disseminate the result of the learning partnership and the services offered by the partner organisations
Subjects to address:
- investigating learning based on “training on the job” (focus on qualitative challenges of the future)
- developing standards for selection criteria of best practices
- integrating best practices of learning based on “training on the job” into the learning curricula
- developing qualitative instruments for assessment of the learning process of job-embedded learning
- developing guidelines for mentoring or guidance for job-embedded learning
- building partnerships between workplace & educational institutions e.a. by knowledge exchange
- exploring the national differences of organisational, educational and financial contexts of job-embedded learning
- integrating intergenerational and intercultural aspects
Specific approach to achieve the objectives:
- researching and selecting best practices and qualitative instruments of job-embedded learning (including aspects as personal and professional experience, job satisfaction, work life balance and threat of burn-out)
- selection criteria for identification of best practices
- survey of educational examples in the EU (consultable on a portal website)
- testing qualitative instruments to integrate job-embedded learning in the curricula (life story interview, PDP personal development plan, portfolio)
- project network meetings with partners in combination with study visits to each partner organisation: identify, analyse and learn from best practices of learning based on “training on the job” through real life learning situations
- selected bilaterial seminars building partnerships between workplace & educational institutions involving (silent) partners from the workplace
- permanent evaluation and self-evaluation of the learning progress in the partnership