Ilze Buligina, Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, and Vita Žunda, trainer of work-based learning tutors, Baltic Bright, took part in Cedefop 2nd Policy Learning Forum on teachers and trainers professional development “Unlocking the potential of learning at workplace by and for, teachers and trainers in VET”. The Policy Learning Forum was organised by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) on 9 – 10 April in Thessaloniki, http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/lv
Since the participants came from most of the EU countries, as well as the European Commission, CEDEFOP, European Trade Union Confederation, European Parents’ Association and European Apprentices’ Association, the TTT4WBL project developments and results were distributed to a wide range of stakeholders.
New ideas and success stories were shared through participants’ presentations in “Lightning Talks”. V. Zunda made a presentation about Tandem training approach initiated in Latvia and promoted in the Baltic countries through KA3 Policy experimentation project “TTT4WBL”.
Another highlight was the Open Space activity: forming working groups around topics initiated by participants. Ilze lead “Co-creation of knowledge” group, thus continuing the topic of teachers and trainers working in tandem. Vita was an active participant of group on “Soft skills, teamwork and communication”.
Ilze and Vita sharing their impressions.
It was not easy to deal with the topic of co-creation of knowledge, which sounds quite theoretic at the first glance. Therefore I was so pleased by the input from the group participants – great ideas and examples of good practice from other EU countries. We centred our discussion around facilitating or enabling factors for co-creation of knowledge to take place, as well as on what is needed for a good innovative approach to become sustainable.
The participants also agreed that good practice developed with the support of EU projects (especially Erasmus+ program) need to be better promoted on the European scale. For example, in Romania the work-based learning students, trainers and tutors communicate in real time via a special application in their mobile phones. There is also online access to support materials for students if they need to master some part of the program (module) to receive positive evaluation. I find such policy learning forums really beneficial and inspiring, and allowing for new contacts and partnerships in VET development.
For several years I have worked with the issues of training tutors for WBL. This forum was the first time when I was together with so many other people who are dedicated to the topic.
There are two main things in my “luggage” on the way home: ideas and people.
A lot of ideas emerged in Open Space discussions where we looked at training of tutors from different angles to establish links and relationships: skills needed by tutors and skills to be trained, competence profile of workplace tutor, communication and teamwork between VET and workplace, etc. I gained inputs for my tutor training content and for our work in TTT4WBL project.
I am happy for the new contacts representing certain ideas and topics, especially, meeting inspiring school leaders and trainers. There is a wish to continue discussions and relationships.