The start of the TTT4WBL project

The project ”Testing New Approaches to Training VET and Workplace Tutors for Work-Based Learning” was launched in February 2017 in Riga, Latvia.

The project is coordinated by VISC National Centre for Education and the other Latvian partners in the project are the Ministry of Education and Science, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and training provider Baltic Bright. Lithuania is involved with three partners: Qualification and VET Development Centre, Association of VET institutions and Kaunas Chamber of Commerce. Tartu Kutsehariduskeskus represents Estonia. Teacher Education College of JAMK University of Applied Sciences from Jyväskylä, Finland, acts as the research partner.

Up on the left corner the Latvian project partners, on the up right corner sitting by the table the Estonian partners with the Latvian Project Coordinator Inta Baranovska (standing in the middle) and below the Lithuanian partner group also with Inta Baranovska (third from right).

Developing Work-Based Learning through the experimentation

The project aims at strengthening Work-Based Learning (WBL) especially through developing training for WBL tutors as so-called tandem training for workplace and VET school tutors. Within the experimentation in the project, up to 800 WBL-tutors will be trained in the three Baltic countries.

In the experimentation, the Finnish research partner JAMK University of Applied Sciences follows the development of the tandem training with research activities. JAMK will collect experiences of the trained WBL-tutors but also from VET students, VET School managers and company managers.

In the launch meeting of the project the experimentation process was thoroughly discussed and the research activities were described by Finnish researchers for the Baltic project partners.

Contributing to educational policies of WBL

Wide Erasmus+ KA3 Policy Experimentation projects, like TTT4WBL, aim to develop new policies or support their use. In TTT4WBL project, the Baltic countries involved develop learning at the workplaces. The starting point is that the joint training for workplace and VET school tutors strengthens guidance provided for the students but also the promotes collaboration overall between companies and VET schools. The project is of a great interest also on the Baltic States’ ministry level.

In the launch meeting of TTT4WBL project Senior Expert Ilze Buligna (standing) from the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science brought the latest news from Brussels from the working group on WBL