Work-based learning is one of the most common forms of learning for people of all ages. It is important to not just understand your work on a theoretical level. Practical exercise allows you to evaluate your skills, see actual results, and improve your work to the maximum of your abilities.
Understanding work-based learning
Work-based learning can be divided into two categories. The first category includes practical exercise in the working environment. A lot of companies out there are applying work-based learning methods and techniques to train their employees and help them enhance their skills and competencies.
The second category includes learning and enhancing your work skills and competencies in simulation environments. This technique is growing larger and larger and in many countries, a lot of young people are turning towards Technological Institutions and schools, to gain expertise and not just general knowledge.
The case of Greece
Greece is one of those countries and we notice that more and more people decide to turn towards these areas from a young age. In particular, entering high-school, children in Greece have the opportunity to either continue in the Lyceum or choose to finish their studies through Vocational high-schools.
Vocational high-schools in Greece are preparing the students for more technical professions seeing as they are adding work-based learning curricula in their daily schedule.
After finishing high-school and based on their preferences students in Greece can either take the National Exams and aim to enter University or Technological Institutions. Technological Institutions are considered more practical, seeing as the departments are less theoretical and more about the practical exercise of a profession. These Institutions include business and marketing departments, financial departments, and a plethora of agricultural departments, among many others.
Work-based learning options
Another great option for Greek students who did not wish to follow what has considered a higher education is the National Manpower Employment Organization. There, students can take classes on specific jobs and focus on enhancing their skills and competencies based on the requirements of the job they are choosing.
These three options are the work-based learning models in Greece. The European Union is supporting work-based learning models across the European area. Through EU funded projects like the InnoTrain project, people now have the opportunity to receive training and gain knowledge even outside of Technological Institutions or Vocational high-schools.
You can learn more about the project and its innovative outputs by paying a visit to the official website. Work on your skills and competencies and enhance your results in the workplace!