Tartu Vocational Education Centre visits Vilnius Car Mechanics and Business School

Peer learning among project partners has been an important aspect throughout the TTT4WBL project. On November 8, 40 employees from the Tartu Vocational Education Centre (Tartu KHK) visited the Vilnius Car Mechanics and Business School in order to share best practices and experiences.

“We chose the Vilnius Car Mechanics and Business School for our visit because our school also teaches many specialties in motoring and commerce,” commented Vilve Pohla, the organizer of the visit. This is a school specializing mainly in different automobile specialties, about 800 young people are currently studying there. In addition to similar automobile specialties that are taught at Tartu KHK, truck drivers are also trained in this VET school.

The main purpose of the visit was to find out how students’ practices are organized in the school and how they interact with companies. Tauris Vijari, a teacher of car painting at Tartu KHK said there was a lot of interesting impressions. “We mainly talked about the practical training of students and the cooperation with companies. I really liked the new study rooms, the modern tools and equipment. It was also interesting to see the e-learning materials developed to support the students, and teachers can demonstrate these materials on large screens in the practice rooms. Lithuanian teachers also kindly promised to share these teaching materials with us,” said Vijar.

Vilve Pohla also highlighted the importance of the learner acquiring new knowledge and skills during the practice, leading to certification of the practice bases and training of supervisors. “It is the specific tutor training that practice supervisors in our companies lack the most,” said Vilve Pohla. “Fortunately, thanks to the TTT4WBL project, we are moving in the right direction.”

The teachers at Tartu KHK also liked the way how students’ achievements were recognized. On the walls of the school corridors you could see large posters on vocational competitions – with the names of the participants, their achievements and photos from the competitions. Together they agreed that this is certainly one thing that Tartu KHK teachers would like to introduce in their school.

It was also interesting to find out that the school’s workshops are busy from 8:00 to 22:10. In the morning, all arriving students pass through a gate and receive a key with a locker number, so it is immediately clear who is present at school and who is not.

“The participants of the peer learning visit found it very interesting to get to know a VET school of their close neighbours and connect with the teachers there. It was also important to learn about the organization of the educational work at the Vilnius Car Mechanics and Business School,” stated Vilve Pohla.