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Authors:H. Randle: Working Life Science, Karlstad University, Sweden
G. Spak: Learning Centre Masugnen, Sweden
Publication title:Workplace-based qualified vocational training and education
Conference:The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion; Fourth International Disposal Conference
Publication type: Abstract
Article No.:020
Abstract:This paper will present how a community learning centre; “Masugnen”; in the middle of Sweden is developing new methods for workplace learning for the explosives sector; which fit the requirements from both employers and students. The basis for learning is the workplace; where learning is based on practice. The learning arena is situated in a real-work situation where problem solving and learning from peers is part of the learning process. The vocational training is supported by theoretical education organised and facilitated by staff from a learning centre. All learning is based on individual needs and documented in individual study plans. Emphasis is put on developing a favourable learning environment where the participants have access to support systems for learning such as a technical infrastructure for learning; personal coaching; study plans; mentoring programmes; trained facilitators in the workplace; study colleagues and peers.

This paper will present how qualified vocational training and education can play an important role in developing arenas for lifelong learning. Workplace learning can develop opportunities for individual development; develop company competitiveness; reduce risk of competence drain when employees retire and promote recruitment of younger employees. The paper is based on experiences from a European project – EUExcert; which has the ambition to develop a European system for qualifications for the Explosives sector.

No. of pages:1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

H. Randle, G. Spak (2006). Workplace-based qualified vocational training and education, The Swedish Section for Detonics and Combustion; Fourth International Disposal Conference;article=020 (accessed 2/9/2016)