2h - Approval as a training company

 Accreditation as a training company
Training apprentices is important for the apprentices, as well as for the training company. But what is quality in this context? How can we ensure that quality remains at a high level? It is good to agree on the terms for this.

It is important that a training company provides a good and safe training place and can offer the training necessary to learn the profession, for which the apprentice is being trained, as well as providing sufficient and professional guidance for the apprentice.

For this reason, in some countries, a company has to be accredited to train apprentices. The company must fill out an application describing training conditions, such as:
  • Data about the company, employees, trainer and proposed apprentices 
  • Work areas / training areas 
  • Technical equipment
The organisation responsible for vocational education (usually the ministry of education) can probably inform you about the situation in your country. Otherwise your local VET-school might be able to help out.

The vocational college can probably also help.
 Contacts in the company
A teacher at a vocational college does more than teach. Some teachers are workplace training consultants, who counsel and work with the companies.

It's a good idea to have regular contact with the school, so you can:
  • update your knowledge on modern education 
  • follow the apprentice closely, even when he/she is not present 
  • keep abreast of the difficult phases in the apprentice's education 
  • contribute to solving problems that may arise 
  • gain understanding of the apprentice's world 
  • exchange professional experience 
  • make use of the teacher's contacts to other companies and organisations
 Cooperation with other companies
Being in contact with other training companies in order to exchange experiences is a good idea. In some countries, it is possible for apprentices to do their training at more then one company, when the company can't provide the necessary training for completion. Usually a special or adapted training contract is necessary in such cases.

Of course, you can also find a second company for the training of an apprentice through the VET-school, who may be able to assist in finding a suitable company.
 Company training and professional development
When you have an apprentice, there are questions to be answered:
  • What should the apprentice work with and when?
  • What should he/she learn and when?
  • Who should do the training and when?
  • What should the apprentice be able to do after each school period?
You'd like to make a training plan for your apprentice.

For this you need a balance between three things:
  1. The official goals of the training.
  2. The apprentice's own wishes.
  3. Possibilities for work and learning in your company as well as goals for the company.
See more in module 1d. Training plan!

2 - The workplace