In November 2022, Jessica Matrin (National Programme Manager - Sales Apprenticeship) and Edel Gavan (Training and Standards Officer) travelled to Akureyri in Iceland to continue their work on the Erasmus+ ApprEUnance project and to conduct training on work based learning.
The purpose of this 2-year project is to conduct a comparative analysis of work-based training programmes across each of the 6 European countries (Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Iceland and Belgium). The aim is to identify differences in order to share best practices and create communities of practice.
This was the fourth meeting and it was hosted at the Verkmenntaskólinn á Akureyri (VMA) (Akureyri Comprehensive College). VMA is an upper secondary school with between 900-1100 students ranging from 16- 19 years of age and over 140 staff. A sincere thank you to our hosts Jóhannes Árnason (Teacher and International Coordinator at VMA) and his team who hosted us and features the project in their newsletter.
We visited 2 employers in the Akureyri who provide different types of work based learning:
We also visited Laugam Secondary School, a boarding school which uses elements of a problem-based learning model to offer a flexible study environment and a personalised study plan for students to better prepare them for participation in working life and further studies. We look forward to welcoming our European project partners to the next meeting which will be hosted by MSLETB in March next year.
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