9 - Assessment and evaluation

 Learning results versus competence goals

VET organisations in different countries may have different ways of assessing vocational competencies, not to mention different targets and criteria for assessment.

Evaluation of on-the-job training processes varies strongly from country to country. 

Nevertheless, the purpose of training should be the same in all countries: The apprentice should achieve as high a level of vocational skills as possible during on-the-job training!

Regardless of whether the assessment methods are continuous assessment, a journeyman’s test, vocational skills demonstrations or a totally different method.

In this module, you will be introduced to a range of methods and tools. They all, however, follow the principle of training the apprentice in being a self-dependent learner and thus, responsible for his/her own learning results.

 Evaluation versus assessment
Many terms are used in judging and giving feedback on the apprentice's performance and products. Especially two terms are commonly in use:

  • By evaluation we mean: the process in which on-the-job learning is evaluated by, for example, the apprentice himself or herself.
  • By assessment we mean: the process in which the apprentice is judged, and the judgement is used for the certificate or diploma.

9 - Assessment / evaluation