National dissemination events swept across Lithuania!

4 National dissemination events of the TTT4WBL project swept across Lithuania on March. Two national dissemination events were organized in Vilnius, one in Šilutė and Kaunas. More than 120 persons participated in national dissemination events and discussed the apprenticeship in Lithuania: VET teachers, social partners, employers, experts from Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, municipality representatives and others.

The project „Testing New Approaches to Training VET and Workplace Tutors for Work Based Learning (TTT4WBL)“ and its results were presented by Qualifications and VET development Centre’s experts Jūratė Lygienė, Edita Skrabulienė and Eglė Zybartienė. Needs analyses carried out in the project was outlined by Edita, describing the WBL situation in Latvia and Estonia. In Lithuania and Estonia companies that accept students for vocational training do not have to be accredited, the biggest responsibility for the compliance of work-based learning with certain requirements falls to VET institutions. It was a challenge to combine training groups from VET schools and companies, however, the project trainings were successful and the results achieved show it.

The training program which is offered in TTT4WBL project was presented in detail by tutor trainers: Sima Giržadaitė, Rimvydas Vaštakas.

Strategic aspects of WBL were presented by Saulius Zybartas (director of the Lifelong learning department, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport). Strengthening of work-based learning with a particular focus on apprenticeship is outlined in national VET policy documents. It is aimed at expanding the scope of apprenticeship and involving more companies into it. At the moment an apprenticeship implementation procedure is being prepared by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Two models of financial incentives are available to help to implement the above-described apprenticeship model: A – scholarships and B – subsidies for employers. A – scholarships: Accommodation, travel expenses and training (the average of non-formal programmes is EUR 800; of formal – EUR 1 300. Total average programme cost is EUR 1 200. Scholarship of 6 months is paid to an apprentice). B – subsidies for employers (maximum 40%): in addition to compensation of apprentice’s wage, certain premium to a wage, appointing an employee/employees in charge of organisation/ coordination of apprentice’s job activity and practical training (the workplace tutor from enterprise).

During the discussions fostering apprenticeship through company compensation was presented by experts from Employment Service. The action plan for the implementation of the government program was approved in March 2017.

The WBL system is managed under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MoEs), The Ministry of Economy and Innovation and the Employment Services. The MoEs is the main body responsible for developing and implementing national VET policy. The Ministry of Economy and Innovation is the main body responsible for Apprenticeship for company employees. Employment Service is encouraging apprenticeship through company compensation.