TTT4WBL conference „Towards high quality work-based learning in the Baltics and beyond“ in Riga

The final conference „Towards high quality work-based learning in the Baltics and beyond“ of the TTT4WBL project was held on 24th of January in Riga. It attracted a wide range of guests from the Baltics and other countries – representatives of VET institutions, employers, state institutions and universities.

The conference was opened by Rūta Gintaute-Marihina, Director of the Department of Vocational and Adult Education at the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science.  The project and the tandem training approach were presented by the project coordinator Inta Baranovska (National Centre for Education) and the lead trainer Vita Žunda (Baltic Bright).  Ilze Buligina from the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science presented the Baltic cooperation on work-based learning and the Baltic Alliance for Apprenticeships (BAfA). The experimentation research of the TTT4WBL project was presented by Leena Kaikkonen from the School of Professional Teacher Education at Jyväskylä university of Applied Sciences (JAMK, Finland).

The TTT4WBL project was put into broader context by Irina Jemeljanova from the European Centre for the Development of Vocational training (CEDEFOP), she talked about European policy initiatives supporting VET teachers and trainers. Stefan Thomas presented the European Training Foundation and its work developing VET and work-based learning, e.g. through the network of Centres of Vocational Excellence. Further, two approaches fostering teacher training were presented – Sanna Brauer (Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland) talked about the advantages of digital open bagde-driven learning. Stijn Ceuppens (KU Leuven, Belgium) presented supporting measures for in-service teachers to develop iSTEM (integrated, innovative, interactive… Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational materials by applying knowledge from previous research. Marika Zakareishvili from the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science gave an insight in the vocational education reform and its main achievements and challenges.

The presentations were followed by short express interviews with policy makers, employers’representatives and VET institutions’ representatives from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on the ways to further develop work-based learning. The afternoon session was dedicated to discussions in smaller groups.

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