ESTLAT-WBL project aims to support the cross-border mobilities of work-based learning for students. It is based on the cooperation between vocational education and training schools and employers on both sides of Latvia-Estonia border. Latvia and Estonia are developing their work-based learning systems as, if successful, they may become the source of the qualified labor force and economic growth. In many cases, work-based learning also offers a direct path to jobs for young people.
As a result, already 75 students (38Lv, 37EE), 21 teachers (9LV, 12EE), as well as 6 managers of traineeships in companies (3LV, 3 EE) took part in mobility activities. Work-based learning covered sectors important for companies of the region, like hospitality and catering, timber and construction, retail, IT, and other industries. 76 people (29EE, 47LV) benefited from the language support programme provided within the project.
The model, results and conclusions, training programme and success stories will be published in the Handbook for Cross-Border work-based learning to promote such mobilities after the project lifetime. Cooperation of employers/SMEs and vocational education and training schools of 2 countries, the involvement of business organizations will serve as a long-term mechanism to sustain regional and cross-border approach in work-based learning. Partnerships established between the schools and enterprises will serve to support cross-border mobilities of trainees after the project period as well.
Author of the photo: Lauri Kulpsoo