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The project WEDEVET “Developing VET Teaching Skills – Leading the Success of Tomorrow’s Students” is a KA2 Strategic Partnership project that was implemented between 2019-2021.

The success of Vocational Education and Training (VET) training outcomes is closely aligned with the quality of the teaching and training provided. Therefore, the VET teacher experience is the defining characteristic of the learning experience. The WEDEVET project aimed to review the material, related to team building, leadership and influence skills competencies, adapt and to test it in the Practice Enterprise and practice-based education system environment.

In the didactic Practice Enterprise concept, the roles of the teachers, trainers and lecturers and the students differ strongly from those in the traditional teaching-learning processes. The Practice Enterprise trainer is the general moderator of the company, guiding the trainees as employees to meet the Practice Enterprise’s business plans and budgets. The Trainees are the employees in the company. Some are appointed as directors, line managers for a part of their training and development whereas teachers act as guides and advisers of the company’s “employees”.

Project Objectives:

  • review literature, best practices, development, and implementation of similar initiatives and programs and conduct a gap analysis and needs assessment to promote VET teachers skills with the use of Practice Enterprise and practice-based learning and teaching models.
  • develop material for VET Teachers, in order to foster the development of their competencies, to form the knowledge base-ground of team building, leadership and influence skills.
  • disseminate the created material to relevant multipliers and support its further promotion, implement online activities targeting the wider society in all partners countries, EU and worldwide through various channels.

Target Groups:

  • VET Teachers/Trainers working with Practice Enterprise methodology and practice-based training
  • VET Teachers
  • Other Stakeholders: VET schools, Colleges, HEIs, other institutions with Practice Enterprises and practice-based training

Project Result

The VET Teacher Skills Portfolio: The Guide for VET teachers and trainers on how to acquire team building, leadership and influence skills and to be able to transfer these skills to students. The project will also work out the material for acquiring management competencies which most teachers lack.

Consortium Presentation

Association “LIBA “, established in 2015, is non-profit body providing support to the Lithuanian Practice Enterprise Network. LIBA was created by a group of active people and organisations working with Practice Enterprise concept in Lithuania. The main objectives of association are promoting lifelong learning concept; Cooperation with Lithuanian and European associations working with entrepreneurship education and lifelong learning concept, VET and other institutions.

International Business College (IBC) is one of Denmark’s 5 largest VET providers. SIMU Learning is a separate department away from IBCs core services. SIMU Learning has developed practice-oriented systems over the last 25 years. They are used at all mercantile Practical Training Learnings throughout the country, with daily around 800 (150 concurrent) users working in their virtual businesses, with more than 100 trainers directly related to SIMU Learnings core business. SIMU Learning is the Danish Central Office in the worldwide Practice Enterprise Network.

Educational Consortium OSAO (VET) is an educational community of vocational experts in Finland, providing work life skills and continuous learning. OSAO provides up-to-date education that is in line with needs of work life. Education is based on individualized learning paths for every student. The learning paths to professional qualifications differ in length and content depending on the student’s skills, characteristics and earlier know-how and studies. Student friendliness, and student support are important principles of OSAO’s operations. Internationalization plays an important role in all OSAO’s actions. About 8 500 young and adults study full-time at OSAO. The total number of staff is 855.

PEN Worldwide is a non-profit association providing coordination of and support to the European and International Practice Enterprise networks. The European network consists of 17 legally autonomous non-profit national Central Offices that together include thousands of Practice Enterprises training hundreds of thousands of trainees from across Europe every year, including in a number of major European Universities, as well as Universities from outside Europe, both in the Americas and in Asia.