Name: Eckert Hebel, Michael Salner
Organization: OSZ IMT Berlin, Germany
Date: Thursday, 16-04-15
- Activities description
Visit the hair dresser Mare at Ljublijana
Visit the vocational school SC PET at Ljublijana (school for telecommunication)
Discuss vocational system at CPI
Visit the old town of Ljublijana and the castle
- What did I learn from this activity? What insights did this new knowledge give to me in relation to school/organization, learner and employer?
We visited the hair dresser Mare and discussed the situation of the Slovenian vocational system. He had a critical view of it and said the students come to him too late. At the time they come to the company they have not enough competences. It was answered that he would have the possibility to make individual contracts with the students. Thus he could teach them a lot more at his company.
After that we (only the two Germans) went to the SC PET. The teachers we met were very motivated. The equipment of the school could be better, but the teachers try to buy the newest technology, e. g. fibre technology. A special project room shall be configured to train electrical installation. This is done by the students.
At the CPI we participated in the last part of the discussion about the vocational system together with representatives of the chamber of crafts and the chamber of commerce and industry. VET training courses can have different portions of work based learning (WBL). VET course with 2 years have 2 weeks WBL. Others have 800 hours. A 3 year VET course has 24 weeks WBL. A 4 year course has 4 or 8 weeks WBL.
The CPI creates the occupational standard. Therefore the chamber of crafts and the chamber of commerce and industry co-operate with the CPI closely.
Employers can get money for their training.
- How did I feel about what was presented to me? What did I find innovative? What did I find difficult or challenging to do or understand and why?
The innovative thing as mentioned above is that there are different contracts and different amounts of WBL which can be arranged at any time.
At SC PET it was very impressive to see how two persons could closely work together. The head mistress supported her teacher very much and so she could develop new projects to teach them the current technologies like connecting fibre cables, etc.
- What is working well and could be applied in my organisation and why? How would you go about doing this?
In Germany we already have the practise time (WBL period) at the final part of the education. The reason is to make them better be able to work at a company. They are then, maybe, more self-confident, because they already know a lot of things about the profession. The employer can delegate more and more responsible work.
A nice idea could be to arrange a three weeks practise time at the first year to increase the amount of WBL.
- What definitely would not work in my organisation and why? Any additional comments.