Sonntag 25. Juni 2017

Work-based Learning in Europe

During the last few decades, in Europe, interest and participation in Work-based Learning (WBL) has steadily increased. Some might argue that this is a direct response to policy-level targets and priorities, at national and European levels, in which the benefits and values of work-based learning are regularly highlighted. Others see this as a natural reflection of the changing nature of the workforce, and the workplace, in which we see an ever increasing use of new technologies, growing internationalisation, changing career patterns and greater recognition of the importance of the knowledge economy.

 

At European level, targets and priorities for WBL are confirmed (directly and indirectly) within a number of core strategies and initiatives, namely:

  • Europe 2020 Growth Strategy: aims to enhance the quality and relevance of education and training systems, to improve competitiveness and to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth;
  • ET 2020 Strategic Framework: supports policy development in EU Member States, notably including targets for the implementation of national VET reforms with a view to strengthening work-based learning and apprenticeship-type schemes;
  • Agenda for New Skills and Jobs: aims to support the EU employment target of 75% of the working-age population (20-64 years) by 2020, also by involving employers in the co-investment, development and delivery of education;
  • European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA): established in 2013, and targeting the promotion of youth employment, the alliance works on a broad variety of initiatives and targets improvement in the quality, supply and perception of European apprenticeships.

At National level, WBL policies are highly diverse and encompass a broad variety of work-based learning practices, across different European countries and diverse work and learning environments. In some European countries, WBL has a long tradition, often within vocational education and training (VET), with dual apprenticeships and education-industry partnerships having operated successfully for many years (Austria, Germany, Switzerland). There are other countries where WBL is recognised as an emerging trend (Ireland, Finland, France, Netherlands) yet, similarly, there are countries where WBL does not yet feature fully as a part of education and training provision (Poland).

 

Beyond VET, there are benefits to be had from work-based or work oriented learning in other areas of education and training with, for example, well-established university-business alliances supporting the development and delivery of many academic programmes in areas such as medicine, teacher training and the creative industries.

 

In fact, and in summary, there are few areas of education and training that have yet to see the benefits of work-based learning, and there is an increasing number of countries that has started to embrace this important mechanism for skills development and skills renewal.

 

 

Further reading

 

European Commission (2013): Work-Based Learning in Europe. Practices and Policy Pointers.

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EAfA

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Austria (AT)

OeAD – OeAD (Österreichische Austauschdienst) GmbH

Ebendorferstraße 7

1010, Wien

Austria

Tel: 0043 1 53408605

Web: www.erasmusplus.at

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Belgium (BE01)

AEF-EUROPE

Chaussée de Charleroi 111

1060, Bruxelles

Belgium

Tel: 0032 2 542 62 78

Web: www.aef-europe.be

eMail: aef@aef-europe.be

Belgium (BE02)

EPOS vzw

Koning Albert II-laan 15

1210, Brussel

Belgium

Tel: 0032 2 553 97 31

Web: www.epos-vlaanderen.be

eMail: info@epos-vlaanderen.be

Croatia (HR)

Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes Agencija za mobilnost i programme Euopske unije (AMPEU)

Frankopanska 26

10 000, Zagreb

Croatia

Tel: 00385 1 5005 635

Web: www.mobilnost.hr

eMail: info@mobilnost.hr

Czech Republic (CZ)

Dům zahraniční spolupráce (DZS)

Centre for International Cooperation in Education

Na Poříčí 1035/4

110 00, Praha

Czech Republic

Tel: 00420 221 850 100

Web: www.dzs.cz

eMail: info@dzs.cz

Denmark (DK)

Danish Agency for Higher Education

Bredgade 43

1260, Copenhagen

Denmark

Tel: 0045 72317800

Web: www.fivu.dk

eMail: uds@uds.dk

Estonia (EE)

Foundation Archimedes

Koidula 13A

10125, Tallin

Estonia

Tel: 00372 6979 411

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Finland (FI)

CIMO Centre for International Mobility

Hakaniemenranta 6, B.P. 343

00531, Helsinki

Finland

Tel: 00358 295 338 500

Web: www.cimo.fi

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France (FR)

Agence Erasmus+ France/Education Formation

24-25 quai des Chartrons

33080, Bordeaux CEDEX

France

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Germany (DE)

Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung

Robert-Schuman-Platz 3

53175 Bonn

Germany

Tel: 0049 228 107 1608

Web: www.na-bibb.de

eMail: na@bibb.de

Greece (GR)

Greek State Scholarship's Foundation (IKY)

41, Ethnikis Antistaseos Avenue

14234, Athens

Greece

Tel: 0030 210 3726300

Web: www.iky.gr/erasmus-plus

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Hungary (HU)

Tempus Public Foundation

Lónyay utca 31

1093, Budapest

Hungary

Tel: 0036 1 237 1300

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Iceland (IS)

Landskrifstofa Menntaáætlunar Evrópusambandsins

National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme

Dunhaga 5

107, Reykjavik

Iceland

Tel: 00354 5155800

Web: www.rannis.is

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Ireland (IE)

Léargas the Exchange Bureau

Fitzwilliam Court, Leeson Close, Dublin 2

D1, Dublin

Ireland

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Web: www.leargas.ie

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Italy (IT01)

Agenzia Nazionale - Erasmus+ - ISFOL

Corso d'Italia 33

00198, Roma

Italy

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Italy (IT02)

Agenzia Nazionale Erasmus+ - INDIRE

Via Cesare Lombroso 6/15

50134, Firenze

Italy

Tel: 0039 055 238 03 48

Web: www.indire.it

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Lithuania (LT)

Education Exchanges Support Foundation

Gelezinio Vilko str. 12

01112, Vilnius

Lithuania

Tel: 00370 5 261 0592

Web: www.smpf.lt

eMail: info@smpf.lt

Luxembourg (LU)

Anefore asbl

58, Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte

L - 1330 Luxembourg

Luxembourg

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Norway (NO)

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)

Vaskerelven 39

5014, Bergen

Norway

Tel: 0047 55 30 38 00

Web: www.siu.no

eMail: siu@siu.no

Poland (PL)

Foundation for the Development of the Education System

ul. Mokotowska 43

00-551, Warszawa

Poland

Tel: 0048 22 46 31 000

Web: www.erasmusplus.org.pl

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Portugal (PT)

Agência Nacional para a Gestão do Programa Erasmus + - Educação e Formação

Praça de Alvalade, 12

1749-070, Lisboa

Portugal

Tel: 0035 21 01 01 900

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Romania (RO)

Agentia Nationala pentru Programe Comunitare in Domeniul Educatiei si Formarii Profesionale

133, Calea Serban Voda, 3rd Floor, 4th District

040205, Bucharest

Romania

Tel: 0040 212010700

Web: www.anpcdefp.ro

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Slovakia (SK)

Slovenská akademická asociácia pre medzinárodnú spoluprácu

Svoradova 1

SK-811 03, Bratislava

Slovakia

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Slovenia (SI)

CMEPIUS “Center Republike Slovenije za mobilnost in evropske programe izobraževanja in usposabljanja”

Ob železnici 30a

1000, Ljubljana

Slovenia

Tel: 00386 1 620 94 50

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Spain (ES)

Servicio Español para la Internacionalización de la Educación (SEPIE)

Calle del General Oraa, 55

28006, Madrid

Spain

Tel: 0034 91 550 67 18

Web: http://sepie.es

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Sweden (SE)

Swedish Council for Higher Education

Wallingatan 2

104 30, Stockholm

Sweden

Tel: 0046 10 4700300

Web: www.uhr.se

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Switzerland (CH)

Ch Foundation for Federal Cooperation (CH)

Dornacherstraße 28 A,  P.O. Box 246

4501 Solothurn

Switzerland

Tel: 0041 32 34618 18

Web: www.ch-go.ch

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The Netherlands (NL)

CINOP

Stationsplein 14

5211 AP ’s-Hertogenbosch

The Nederlands

Tel: 0031 73 6800800


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Turkey (TR)

THE CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN UNION EDUCATION AND YOUTH PROGRAMMES (TURKISH NATIONAL AGENCY)

Mevlana Bulvari N°181, Balgat

06520, Ankara

Turkey

Tel: 0090 409 60 00

Web: www.ua.gov.tr

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