The ET 2020 Working group on VET has finished its work today in the last meeting in Pravets, Bulgaria. The group dealt with the subject “Teachers and trainers in work based learning and apprenticeships”. Santiago Garcia, President of EfVET, has represented EfVET network during the last meetings of the Working Group. 

Based on consultations with main stakeholders, the mandate of the Working Group on Vocational Education and Training (VET WG) has covered the theme: “Teachers and trainers in work-based learning/ apprenticeships”. The VET WG is committed to contribute to two of the Riga Medium-Term Deliverables:

  • Promoting work-based learning (WBL) in all its forms with special attention to apprenticeships,
  • Supporting initial and continuous professional development of VET T&T. It also responds to the needs recognised in bringing forward national policies/ approaches and European cooperation.

The group work builds on work of previous Working Group. There has been 8 face-to-face meetings and some webinars. Also a peer learning forum in Thessaloniki and 2 peer learning activities in Bonn and Groningen. Some experts from the group participated as well in the peer review during the DGVT meeting organized by the Estonian Presidency in Tallinn, and in the final conference “VET as a first choice” during the Bulgarian Presidency.

The final output of the WG is a document called “Teachers and trainers matter”. It contains 12 policy pointers to support teachers and trainers and a development cycle for monitoring progress:

  • Specifying roles and responsibilities: Involved all relevant regulatory, cooperation and quality arrangements; Continuos dialogue with companies
  • Strengthening professional development: Set incentives to invest in professional development; Review and improve professional development opportunities for teachers; Provide trainers with professional development opportunities.
  • Equipping for key challenges: Support teachers and trainers in their role in assessing learning outcomes; Support teachers and trainers in their role in assessing learning outcomes; Support teachers and trainers for innovation and digitalisation; Equip teachers and trainers to support disadvantaged learners; Equip teachers and trainers to direct learners to careers and other support.
  • Fostering collaboration: Make teachers and trainers bodies partners in structured dialogue; Build-up partnerships and networks for excellence innovation.

The document shows also 55 examples from 31 countries to inspire us to “think differently”.

There is also an infographic, that will be translated to all the languages, and a short video. All the materials will be soon available at www.ec.europa.eu/education