In the quickly changing working life, the development and management of knowhow has become more and more important. The success of a company and the development opportunities of organisations depend on the ability of a work community and its individuals to learn and create.
There are many kinds of learners at workplaces: trainees, young people becoming professionals, professionals learning in their work and supervisors and directors strengthening their competence. The quickly changing working life challenges all of us to learn. It is often said that work has become learning and learning has become work.
Our own role is also changing: sometimes we are the learners and sometimes the tutors. Strengthening and supporting learning to acquire and develop new skills is an absolute necessity in working life.
Learning and tutoring are part of work
Tutoring is part of today’s professionalism and an essential part of learning. It is the role of teachers and workplace tutors to guide the learning process. Collaboration and the skills of both parties are needed. The pedagogical skills of teachers relate to the learning process and the assessment of learning, while the workplace tutor concentrates on guiding work processes, monitoring and assessing learning at the workplace. The collaboration creates a win-win situation.
In the development of working life-oriented competence, tutoring has an important role. As vocational education and training is more and more focused on workplaces, joint objectives and planning are needed to implement learning and develop competence. Close collaboration and dialogue produce and develop skilled professionals that the work community, education establishments and the professionals themselves can be proud of.
Learning and inspiring work communities can utilise their competence best in the assurance of professional skills.