Quality and effective work-based learning (WBL) is a key priority of the European Union, its Member States and in many ETF partner countries. Improving work-based learning in VET is considered a key to address youth unemployment and employability, to better match VET with skills needs of companies and to improved overall relevance and attractiveness of VET.
In this light, in October, ETF organized the Eastern Partnership Regional Forum on WBL in Georgia, focusing in two key functions in WBL: the mentor and the placement coordinator, as well as in the financing mechanisms of WBL.
The event encouraged participant countries to share their knowledge and experience in the field. As ‘Skills for Jobs’ S4J is working closely with VET schools in Albania to establish an effective apprenticeships model, the project presented the role of the placement coordinator before, during and after work placement in a case study. The presentation was well received by the audience and encouraged UNDP colleagues implementing ‘Vocational Training in Agriculture’, a swiss funded project, to express their interest to participate in a study visit to S4J partner providers in Albania.
The input gathered from participant countries during the 3-day event will help policy makers and social partners develop appropriate strategies on WBL in VET, as well as strengthen technical capabilities of stakeholders for planning and implementation of WBL.