Project Title: WBL-Q: From EQAVET principles (building blocks) to real quality in WBL on business and company level – self evaluation, audit and continuous improvement
Project duration: 01.10.2020 – 30.09.2022
Project budget: 277.527,00 EUR
In front of the overall project aim of the WBL-Q project which is the significant improvement of quality in work based learning processes in businesses and companies.
Work-based learning (WBL) is a crucial part of the vocational education and training (VET) systems in European countries and its various types reach from dual systems to long-term internships to short-term job shadowing and anything in-between. This multitude of WBL types is highly depended on the education system of a country (sometimes it even differs regionally!) and the types of learners who are addressed. Learners participating in WBL during their initial VET are mostly teenagers or young adults. Learners in continued VET are usually senior company staff who participate in form of further training offers.
The WBL-Q project partnership is going to support these processes by supplying a accessible online self-evaluation tool that allows WBL responsible staff to assess their current status quo according to benchmarks valid in the EU (EQAVET), implement a stress test of their WBL offers against future trends such as demographic developments, digitalisation and internationalisation trends. A comprehensive handbook will support these processes even further and provide guidelines and recommendations how to implement the deducted improvement measures.
The results expected for the WBL-Q project are:
1) Investigation research: In all partner countries interviews and questionnaire based activities will be performed to speak to WBL responsible and trainees in companies to find out the relevant and crucial quality indicators for quality in WBL.
2) Development of a web based self evaluation tool: the partnership will then be defining the criteria as well as their operationalisation in a webbased self evaluation tool In a transnational learning and teaching activity (LTTA) the self evaluation tool will be tested with min. 2 representatives per partner country concerned with WBL issues.
3) Handbook: “Ensuring Quality in Workbased Learning – Self Evaluation and Continuous Improvement”: Besides the self evaluation tool itself the partnership will develop a short handbook for WBL responsibles which on one hand should act as a guideline for the implementation and application of the self evaluation tool together with concrete steps and improvement support for the own WBL system.
Austria (coordinator): Verein Auxilium
Germany: IHK-Projektgesellschaft mbH
Spain: Fondo Formacion Euskadi
Ireland: Spectrum Research Centre
Hungary: START DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Slovenia: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Austria: Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark
Project website: https://www.wbl-quality.eu/
Project FB: https://www.facebook.com/WBLQuality/?ref=page_internal
Contact person: Željka Kelkedi, email@example.com
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. [Project number: 2020-1-AT01-KA202-077966]
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