Donnerstag 17. August 2017

Training Company Trainers on Transversal Skills: A Practical Guide

Educational Field(s):
Vocational Education and Training
Core Theme:
Governance and Management
Target Group(s):
Management in the Workplace
Trainers and Mentors in the Workplace
Economic Sector(s):
Product Description

Partners in the DUALVET project developed and delivered this practical guide, in three European languages, with a building the competences and skills of in-company instructors. Developed as a part of a broader knowledge transfer project, and with a view to building capacity among employers in Spain and Portugal, information and best practice examples are brought forth from Germany and Austria, two countries where dual education has a long tradition. Presented across seven distinct chapters, the guide initially introduces the DUALVET project (chapter 4.1), prior to describing the role and qualifications of in-company instructors in the Dual VET system (chapter 4.2), outlining tasks and responsibilities (chapter 4.3), introducing transversal skills requirements and expectations (chapter 4.4), confirming training mechanisms for in-company instructors (chapter 4.5) and providing both recommendations (chapter 4.6) as well as challenges for companies in the original transfer recipient countries - Spain and Portugal (chapter 4.7).

Needs, Context and Use

The benefits of the original transfer are clear, with Spain and Portugal having notably high rates of youth unemployment and seeking new methods of learner and employer engagement. The guide itself is targeted towards use by in-company trainers (looking to upskill) or those responsible for the training of all such actors. Best practice examples allow alignment with existing practice and facilitate overall understanding. There are no pre-conditions for using this guide. Contrarily, there are definite considerations for companies that are considering participation in Dual VET and the guide is notably informative in this respect, providing detailed information on training methodologies, motivation and conflict resolution, with specific insights also provided in terms of existing instructor training in the two exporting countries (Austria and Germany). Whilst initially targeted at companies (and related actors) in Spain and Portugal, broader texts are as easily relevant to those in other countries where workplace learning takes place and where there is a need for the upskilling of in-company trainers or instructors.

Co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union