3c - Cooperation with VET schools

 The role of the VET school

It is important that the school and training company cooperate about the apprentice's training. It's best for the apprentice if what he learns in school and in the company is experienced as a whole.

In simple terms, this means that, in the workplace, the apprentice learns "how to do it". While at school he/she learns mostly "why we do what we do".

Cooperation between the VET school and the training companies varies from country to country. Of course, the optimal situation is close cooperation between the "world of school" and the "world of work".

Countries using the dual system have cooperation between the workplace and the school. This is most clearly seen in the alternation between school periods and working periods.

This cooperation can include an assessment plan for the apprentice and the company. The school can issue an assessment and a plan for the apprentice and the workplace after each school-based period.

 Communication with the VET school

The example below concerns countries with dual systems.

Example Denmark
Danish workplaces must issue interim evaluations to the apprentice and the school for a completed period of workplace training at the end of each practical period. The interim evaluation is written in cooperation with the apprentice.

In the evaluation, you can see the areas of work and job functions the apprentice has been occupied with in the company. If the apprentice has special needs for further instruction and training, this will also be indicated.

Forms for interim evaluation are made by the trade committees, and can be obtained at the schools.

 Your VET consultant
In many countries, the VET schools wish to improve cooperation between the world of work and the world of school. One way of doing this is to select so-called VET consultants. These are experienced teachers, who act as key persons in the interplay between school and companies.

They can be contacted, if there are problems or questions.

Get help from a VET consultant with:
  • Recruitment 
  • Education planning 
  • Problems with the apprentice 
  • Contact to other training placement companies 
  • Questions about further education 
  • And many other things
 Tripartite cooperation

Tripartite cooperation within the VET system has become more widespread. On the system level, Tripartite cooperation means that the government, employers’ organisations and unions take common responsibility for training apprentices.

On the school level, the three parties are the school, the company and the apprentice. If the apprentice is to get as much as possible out of his/her training, it is a very good idea that "the three parties" meet.

This means that the trainer, the apprentice and his/her contact teacher meet to cooperate, with a focus on the apprentice's training. This could take place in the start of the practical training period.

The model on the right side illustrates this kind of tripartite cooperation.

 Partnership agreements with the school

In some countries, several vocational colleges have elaborated more formal "partnership agreements" to foster a closer relationship between school and company.

You can use the apprentice's education plan as a starting point.

Example Denmark
Click here for download of a local partnership agreement between a vocational college (department for carpentry) and its training companies, 2008.


3 - Vocational education