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Workplace learning

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    The Journey to Work 4 programme enabled young people with special needs and fewer opportunities to undertake successful work placements in the Netherlands and Spain and increase their employment prospects.

The Norwegian Government has funded 7,5 million Norwegian Krones for training for employees in the healthcare sector. Changes and technology development happen very fast in this sector. More and more patients are been supported from the health care service at home, by use of various tools, such as safety alarms, electronic journals, automatic medical injection pumps and GPS. This demands an upskilling of the workforce in the health care sector.

The Belgian EPALE support services are happy to invite you to their 4th celebration of World Teachers' Day. The 2019 edition will focus on Adult Learning in the workplace. Join us on October 4th in Brussels!

This project sets out to discover the extent to which there is an ideal approach for prison staff career management and, in so far as one was found to exist, to identify the elements of that model. Our aim, so far unexploited in any European project, is to look at the process of cultural change within the prison environment, reflecting on the career of the staff and on the support provided for the inmates.

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) today launched an online library as a single-point of access to quality materials, practical tools and guidance on apprenticeships to help the EAfA members and key stakeholders in designing and delivering quality and effective apprenticeships.

I have been volunteering for the past 11 years. Together with my colleagues from the Association for Social Integration and Environmental Protection, I set up the Braşov Volunteer Center in 2008. These years of community involvement have meant for me a continuous learning process about the variety of volunteers.

Our project called  Stajyerler Avrupa'da İlerliyor, which we have prepared for the students studying in Motor Vehicles Technology and Electrical-Electronics Technology departments, has been successfully completed.
Within the scope of our project, 7 students and 1 companion teacher from the Department of Motor Vehicles Technology went to Colegiul Tehnic Dimitrie Leonida training center in Romania between 20.01.2019-02.02.2019 and made an internship on Hybrid and Electric Motors.

Nobody would write an organisational strategy without having a plan to support those who deliver it. Adult learning professionals are at the heart of supporting the wider workforce but who is responsible for looking after their own development? Over the years I have had the privilege of reviewing any number of lifelong learning strategies and plans across Europe, but very few have a systematic approach to developing the leaders, managers, teachers, and other staff who deliver it. 

20 August 2019
by Mark Ravenhall

In an article published in May 2019 in a leading scientific journal “Work, Employment and Society”, Konrad Turek and Kène Henkens from the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute investigated whether the low employability of older people results from age-based stereotypes regarding skills.

14 August 2019
by Konrad Turek
The Journey to Work programme aims to improve employment prospects and the earning potential of young people (up to 30 years old) by enabling them to undertake work experience placements abroad. The blog post discusses the achievements of some of the participant students who worked in the Netherlands and Spain and celebrates the many successes of the project.

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experiences. It is defined as learning by doing and as experienced-based learning. It is a powerful tool for adult learners because they gain concrete experiences and reflect on them by comparing the new experiences with their prior learning. Read this blog post about different perspectives on adult learning and why active participation is beneficial to both adult learners and the community!

15 July 2019

Following the last reform of ongoing vocational training, AFEST (Action for Workplace Learning) has become a teaching method in its own right. A formal training device, AFEST derives from precisely structured engineering. EPALE France has associated itself with the journal Education Permanente, issue No. 216 of which focuses on learning and training in the workplace, to propose a day of discussions and considerations of AFEST.

The EUBILD-UNAKLIM project offers adult education in environmental, nature and climate protection in Germany, Poland, Hungary and Romania. All teaching units are barrier-free and can be found on our website. The course languages are German, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian and English. International internships in our networks round up the exciting training program.

2 July 2019
by Susanne RAHNER

     The concept of informal learning is becoming more and more important with the spread of digital learning. The informal side of digital learning is also due to the fact that it has started to cover a significant part of the learning experience of the employees. Due to digital informal learning, employees working in the field of learning and development today need to reconsider all approaches.

      From the stories we tell each other at lunch to the e-mail we send to help our colleague about the system we use, informal learning has become an important part of every aspect of our lives. However, methods that support informal learning are changing. Informal learning can be realized more effectively as we have increased access to new technologies and adaptability.

4 avenues to explore to support a cultural revolution. Change is not about the conditional legal recognition of what many companies consider to be on-the-job training. The opportunity to finance workplace learning (WL) will quickly face the challenges of cultural change and the traceability rules of financiers, which, in most cases, could be resolved through the provision of feedback. Also to overcome too much appropriation by companies, here are several avenues to explore that focus on the objective of WL rather than its use. Intended for financiers, training professionals and anyone else who wishes to “think outside the box”.
Tuesday 22 October 2019, Austria

EPALE-Webinar: Das Social Media Update: Instagram

Welche Möglichkeiten bietet Instagram, wie nutzt man die Plattform möglichst effizient und welche Herausforderungen muss man kennen? Antworten und Erklärungen dazu liefert das Webinar in 5 Schritten. Praktische Beispiele inklusive.

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Tuesday 15 October 2019, Austria

EPALE-Webinar: Das Social Media Update: Twitter

Twitter ist – im Vergleich mit Facebook und Instagram – ein sehr spezifischer Social Media Kanal in Österreich. Für welche Ziele und Zielgruppen sich ein privater oder beruflicher Twitter Account eignet und wie man erfolgreich mit der Plattform arbeitet, erfährt man in dieser Bildungsaktivität.

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Tuesday 27 August 2019 to Wednesday 28 August 2019, Slovakia

Seminár pre stredoškolských učiteľov prírodovedných predmetov s názvom „Chémia, biológia a životné prostredie"

FCHPT STU Vás pozýva na seminár pre vzdelávanie stredoškolských učiteľov prírodovedných predmetov. Ide už o a XXXIII. Seminár pre stredoškolských učiteľov prírodovedných predmetov s názvom „Chémia, biológia a životné prostredie“. 

Monday 2 March 2020 to Wednesday 4 March 2020, Spain

INTED2020 (14th annual Technology, Education and Development Conference)

You are invited to participate at INTED2020 (14th annual Technology, Education and Development Conference) that will be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2020 in Valencia, Spain, This conference will be the best opportunity to present and share your experiences in the fields of Education, Technology and Development in a multicultural and enriching atmosphere.

Work-based learning (WBL) is increasingly recognised by Member States around the world as an effective strategy to promote quality and relevance of education and training. With the involvement of UNEVOC Centres from around the world, this book contributes to the analysis of different dimensions and characteristics of WBL in different contexts and gives a global perspective on WBL as a pathway to delivering competency-based education.

This is an Erasmus+ funded project which aims to design and implement effective training tools for enhancing key skills and competences of (a) highly-skilled refugees and (b) the language teachers who work with them, and so enhance the employability and societal integration of skilled refugees.

This research aims to evaluate with adult education perspective, activities of Elginkan Foundation which operating volunteer activities in the field of vocational adult education. In this study, to examine the Elginkan Foundation’s adult education activities, related literature was reviewed in terms of vocational adult education point of view and also vocational adult education foundations in Turkey were analyzed descriptively.

Mental health charity Time to Change has created a useful resource to help line managers and colleagues spot mental health issues and have conversations about problems. This year Mental Health Awareness Week and Learning at Work week coincide, so the resource focuses on mental health in the workplace and provides activities, materials and templates to help generate discussion. 

This is a final report of "DigiWBL" project (Digital Methods in Work Based Learning in Vocational Education). In this Erasmus+ Strategig partnership project Central Ostobothnia Vocational College (Kpedu, FI), Myerscough College (UK) and Joniskis Agricultural College (LT) built a network to exchange experiences and benchmark how digital tools and methods are used in work based learning (WBL) periods of adult students in vocational education.

Business in the Community and Public Health England produced the Mental Health Toolkit for Employers, which enables businesses and organisations to develop an effective and positive approach to good mental health in the workplace. It can be used by both large and small businesses and covers many aspects of developing a mental health programme at work and also provides a number of helpful case studies. 

The Corporate Learning Tool is a free, online tool aiming to improve the competiveness of European Academic Spin-Offs and Start-ups by supporting them to effectively deal with the challenges faced when internationalising their businesses and to improve their global talent management. Here bellow is available the direct link to this online training tool.

The Handbook on Transnational Entrepreneurship and Effective Internationalization Strategies for Spin Offs (pdf version available here bellow) is the off-line (downloadable) version of the training programme.

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The Secondary School of Applied Arts in Kosice, Slovakia, is small secondary vocational school with a rich 45-year long tradition in art education. It has 11 art departments and 330 students aged 16-19. They come from all the regions of east Slovakia. Some of them come from families with low income, but they are all talented and motivated to learn. It is a pleasure and challenge to teach and motivate those students. 

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From Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th September the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) will be hosting an online discussion about Workplace Basic Skills on EPALE moderated by Rosemarie Klein and Dieter Zisenis from the German research and consultancy organization Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung (bbb).

We would like to hear from anyone who has been involved in workplace basic skills training or is interested in developing expertise in this area.