Planning apprenticeship training

In apprenticeship training, you need a clear plan about how on-the-job learning, training days at the educational institute and the completion of modules (i.e. vocational skills demonstrations) fit together and support each other.

Learning at the workplace and the educational institute       

Learning at the workplace is the foundation of apprenticeship training, and therefore, the planning of training at the workplace is important. The training is planned so that things learnt at the workplace and at the educational institute complement each other in the best possible way.

The planning is based on the qualification requirements. The idea is to arrange tasks at the workplace that correspond to the requirements. Competence inventories and information received in interviews can also be used to assist planning.

Plan the work tasks according to the learning opportunities at the workplace and set objectives for learning.  Discuss which things are best learnt at the workplace and which at the educational institute. Use the qualification requirements to ensure that it is possible for the student to work in the tasks defined in the objectives of the qualification.

If necessary, you can make special arrangements and agree on implementing a certain module part at a different workstation or workplace or even in a different company. The arrangement of this period in an external company is always agreed on with the organiser of apprenticeship training.

It is not always necessary or possible to learn everything at the workplace. Discuss which things are best learnt at the workplace and which at the educational institute. If necessary, you can make special arrangements and agree on implementing a certain module part at a different workstation or workplace or even in a different company. The arrangement of this period in an external company is always agreed on with the organiser of apprenticeship training as well.

Participating in the planning are

  • the future student
  • a representative of the organiser of apprenticeship training
  • from the workplace, the employer and you as the workplace tutor

During the planning, it is a good idea to go through the expectations and hopes of all parties. Before joint planning, you as the workplace tutor, should acquaint yourself with

  • the principles of the apprenticeship contract
  • the qualification requirements and professional skills requirements of the targeted qualification
  • the content of the training

Participating in the planning are

  • the future student
  • a representative of the apprenticeship office
  • from the workplace, the employer and the workplace instructor

During the planning, the expectations and hopes of all parties are discussed. Before joint planning, you as the workplace tutor, should acquaint yourself with

  • the principles of the apprenticeship contract
  • the qualification requirements and professional skills requirements of the targeted qualification
  • the content of the training