International conference on development of work-based learning in Riga

As part of the European Vocational Skills Week, on 30 October 2019 the Ministry of Education and Science organized an international conference “Trainers in Work-Based Learning – Key to Success?” It took place within the framework of the European Peer Learning Platform on Vocational Education and Training that was established with the Berlin Memorandum signed in 2012.

To provide quality and modern vocational education the third meeting of the network of six countries (Germany, Slovakia, Latvia, Greece, Italy and Portugal) was dedicated to trainers for work-based learning in companies and VET institutions. The Baltic partners from Lithuania and Estonia were also invited to join, and the TTT4WBL project partners from Vilnius Car mechanics and Business School formed part of the Lithuanian delegation.

The conference was opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science Liga Lejiņa and Stefan Schneider from the German Ministry of Education and Research. During the plenary session, Rūta Gintaute-Marihina, Director of the Department of Vocational and Adult Education, and Jānis Gaigals, Director of the Vocational Education and Training Center of the National Centre for Education, presented the latest developments of vocational education in Latvia. Further, several multilateral cooperation projects were presented developing new approaches in vocational education, such as the Erasmus + project “Skills for Baltic Wood Industry – European Quality in Vocational Education and Training” (Skilled-up) implemented by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce.

The TTT4WBL project was presented by the project coordinator Inta Baranovska (National Centre for Education), the lead trainer Vita Žunda (Baltic Bright), and Ilze Buligina (Latvian Ministry of Education and Science).  The project video on WBL governance in Latvia complemented their presentation. The project’s innovative approach to training WBL tutors was of great interest to conference participants.

In the presentations and the following discussions representatives of the Berlin Memorandum countries from Germany, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Latvia shared their experiences on training for WBL trainers in their respective countries – organization of training courses, program content and certification.

Later guest delegations at the Ministry of Education and Science met with representatives from the National Center for Education, the State Education Quality Service, the State Education Development Agency and the Academic Information Center to discuss further cooperation possibilities.