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.