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In November 2018, Peter Rechmann, Deputy Head of GOVET, contributed as an expert to #TVETChat. Pooja Gianchandani, Founder Curator of @TVETChat, moderated the chat on the topic of work-based learning. The exchange on Twitter was an official event during the European Vocational Skills Week from the 5th to the 9th of November 2018.
The European Commission has implemented European Vocational Skills Week for the third time since 2016 as an effort to raise awareness of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and to highlight the advantages of this kind of training. The Commission promotes VET as a means to increase employability, which benefits people of all ages as well as companies.
The discussion on Twitter presented work-based learning as a powerful tool for developing workplace skills and improving the productiveness of the industry. In context of Industry 4.0, society is facing severe changes: 20% more jobs will require higher-level skills by 2020. Education and training systems have to drive up both standards and levels of achievement to match this demand. Several models and approaches of work-based learning have evolved over time. They serve to accommodate changes in economic systems, encourage commitment of employers and to alleviate skills mismatch due to innovations in the work place and other social factors.
During the chat, Pooja and Peter shared useful resources - tools, links to reports, examples of the German dual system, reports and studies, frameworks, expert views and other communication materials. Pooja guided the participants of the chat through the various topics surrounding work-based learning by asking six questions, addressing subjects like the organization, structure and quality management of VET courses. In return, the participants asked the GOVET experts a number of questions, ranging from work-based learning practices in Germany to practices for quality improvements and the role of stakeholders. The discussion's progress is available on Twitter.