EfVET WBL Guideline: Promoting work-based learning in VET


Aware of the importance of work-based learning (WBL) for its Members, and for their students’ professional careers and employability opportunities, EfVET included on its Strategic Plan 2022-2026 the Strategic Direction 5 “Promoters of work-based learning”.

This Strategic Direction (SD) plans to implement a wide range of measures and initiatives during this period, aimed to contribute to and actively support the developments in work-based learning, in the context of a labour market which skills needs are continuously changing and must be catered by VET schools when preparing their students to be successful professionals. The EfVET WBL Guideline is one of those initiatives, and it is now ready to be launched!

The EfVET WBL Guideline aims to be a toolkit available to all EfVET Members interested in exploring its resources and in replicating the Best Practices it describes.

Its specific objectives are to:

– Address the relevance of WBL in VET, and provide information about the main emergent studies and analysis carried out by relevant EU institutions such as Cedefop, ETF – European Training Foundation, the OECD – Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and UNESCO-UNEVOC – International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, for further exploration by the readers interested in the topic;

– Provide an overview of national educational policies that regulate the implementation of WBL practices in the countries addressed in this Guideline;

– Provide a description of inspiring work-based learning practices implemented by EfVET Members who participated on the WBL Survey and provided detailed information about those practices later on, allowing for their replication by the remaining EfVET Members.

EfVET WBL Guideline: Promoting work-based learning in VET Good Practice session aims to launch EfVET WBL Guideline by presenting it to all participants of EfVET International Conference, and by showcasing some of the emerging and inspiring work-based learning practices being implemented by some of the EfVET Members that participated in the development of this Guideline.

Furthermore, this session will also allow EfVET to understand what improvements can be made for future issues of the WBL Guideline, and how it can be the basis for the emergence of an EfVET WBL Observatory, aimed to be a hub for WBL research and other practices that are relevant not only for the VET sector in general, but also for EfVET Members.

What is the proposed type of your contribution?

Good Practices on WBL, implemented by some of the EfVET Members involved in the collection of WBL practices for EfVET WBL Guideline, and reference to the most recent studies and tools developed by relevant EU institutions which can be further explored by participants.

How will participants be involved?

A brief overview of EfVET WBL Guideline will be provided in terms of added-value for the participants of the session, and 3 of the most inspiring Best Practices implemented by EfVET Member organisations will be showcased by their respective representatives.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about those practices, and to discuss how can EfVET WBL Guideline be the basis for other SD5 initiatives, including the potential creation of a EfVET WBL Observatory.

Questions to stimulate discussion

  1. Are there any improvements suggested for the next issue of EfVET WBL Guideline?
  2. Ideas for the next issue of EfVET WBL Guideline?
  3. How can EfVET WBL Guideline be the basis for an EfVET WBL Observatory?

EFVET WBL Guidelines