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Developing Apprenticeship: In-Company Trainer Training and Apprenticeship Promotion
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The objectives of the project are: I. To increase the supply of the qualified labour staff for the economic sectors suffering from the workforce shortage and to help to match skills for the job, cover skill gaps as well as skill deficits through efficient apprenticeship training. II. To increase the popularity of apprenticeship training through the development of a systematic apprenticeship promotion. To achieve these objectives, the project will create the following 2 Intellectual Outputs: 1. An In-Company Trainer Training Programme Model 2. A Model Concept for Apprenticeship Promotion Project activities: Output 01 1. NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND PROVISION REVIEW 2. SELECTION OF METHODOLOGY FOR THE CREATION OF IN-COMPANY TRAINER TRAINING PROGRAMME 3. DEVELOPMENT OF IN-COMPANY TRAINER TRAINING PROGRAMME MODEL 4. METHODOLOGY KIT FOR IN-COMPANY TRAINERS. 5. ADAPTATION OF IN-COMPANY TRAINER TRAINING PROGRAMME MODEL TO NATIONAL SPECIFICS. COMPLIANCE WITH NATIONAL QUALIFICATION INSTITUTIONS. 6. PILOTING OF IN-COMPANY TRAINER TRAINING PROGRAMME. Output 02 1. DEVELOPMENT OF CONCEPT MODEL FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROMOTION 2. ADAPTATION OF CONCEPT MODEL FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROMOTION TO NATIONAL SPECIFICS. 3. PILOTING OF CONCEPT MODEL FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROMOTION. According to the recent research of World Economic Forum, employers in many countries report difficulties in finding suitably skilled workers. Workforce shortages can be explained by low birth rate, emigration, uncompetitive wages, unattractive working conditions, poor recruitment policies, mismatch of skills and jobs, skill gaps and deficits in specific sectors, occupations or locations. While some of these problems require difficult economical and political decisions, the skills mismatch, skill gaps and deficits could be addressed by changes in training and recruitment practices, and by facilitating labour mobility. One of the best solutions is training in the form of apprenticeship during which around 80 per cent of training is carried out in a workplace under the supervision of an In-Company trainer who is an experienced worker in the company (workplace instructor). Apprenticeship has been recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as the most effective way of moving from education into work. In-Company trainers play a fundamental role in apprenticeship training. However, European Centre for the development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) study reveals that while In-Company trainers are highly professional, they would benefit from training programmes which would teach them more efficient training methods. It echoes Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) statement that the central challenge in VET is to ensure that pogrammes meet the needs of the labour market. These studies are supported by the responses from enterprises in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia that the existing In-Company Trainer Training Programmes lack flexibility, are too long (over 100 h), and their content often does not meet the needs of the companies. The lack of an appropriate In-Company Trainer training results in a less productive apprenticeship. For that reason, an In-Company Trainer Training Programme Model will be developed and piloted. The In-Company Trainer Training Programme Model will be based on the needs of companies, it will be much more flexible than the existing ones and will teach the In-Company trainers to train the apprentices in the most efficient and effective ways to match their skills for the job. There is also a constant struggle of attracting apprentices since vocational education is considered less attractive than university education, it is often viewed as a personal failure to achieve better. Therefore, more promotion of and information about apprenticeship learning form is required. To address these problems, the project will seek to develop and test the Concept of Apprenticeship Promotion. The Concept will will target a wide spectrum of potential apprentices and will promote the positive image of apprenticeship. The Intellectual Outcomes are planned to be developed in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia with the expertise support from Finland and Belgium. Organisations participating: Jerusalem Labour Market Training Centre (the applicant, Lithuania) Centre of Expertise and Productivity (Finland) Actions Intégrées de Développement asbl (Integrated Development Action) (Belgium) Lithuanian Qualifications and Vocational Training Development Centre Employers’ Confederation of Latvia Lithuanian Engineering Industry Association Lithuanian Builders Association Estonian Employers’ Confederation



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