Country: The Netherlands
Economic Sectors: diverse sectors (for example: Technical chemistry, automotive, health care, agriculture)
Theme: Delivery of WBL, Partnership, Governance
Educational field and level: Vocational education and training, Higher Education
Target groups: Management (Education and Training), Management in the Workplace
Centres for Innovative Craftsmanship are based on close cooperation between VET providers, higher education institutions, companies and public authorities and provide a sector-led approach to trainingsprovision that is tailored to meet labour market needs.
Centres for Innovative Craftsmanship (Centra voor Innovatief Vakmanschap), or CICs, were established in 2011 as part of a pilot project centred on sector-led training initiatives able to support talented learners in progressing to a programme of tertiary (higher) education. Centres were initially established in the field of new technologies, responding to a confirmed of skilled workers. The number of centres continues to grow, however, and now extends to a range of different sectors including healthcare, life sciences, agriculture and design. CICs provide work-based learning to students in upper-secondary VET programmes and in tertiary-level alternance programmes, the latter balancing both theoretical and practical training input. In this respect, there are two kinds of centre, namely: Centres for Innovative Craftsmanship (recognised as a part of regular VET provision) and Centres for Expertise (a part of the Higher Education sector) with learners able to ultimately move on from VET to HE. In the first two years of the programme, learners spend around one-third of their time in work-based training. During the third and final year, work-based training can represent up to 90% of the course. Training can conducted at specific education and training institutes, at research centres on onsite within the premises of the participating employer. The initiative is based on public-private partnerships involving VET institutions, enterprises (SMEs) and public bodies with overall coordination undertaken the National Platform for Science and Technology (Platform Bèta Techniek).
Success factors for WBL
One of the main success factors of this initiative is the governance and delivery model, with centres formed by public-private partnerships and with financing divided over central government (50%), companies, educational institutions and local public authorities. Another positive factor is the sector-based approach that sits at the heart of the initiative, with sectoral training partnerships ensuring the required training provision that is well aligned with the needs of the future labour market.
Website of the initiative: http://www.publiekprivaatsamenwerken.nl/home
Website of the National Platform Science & Technology (Platform Bèta Techniek) https://www.platformbetatechniek.nl/
Audit report: Platform Bèta Techniek (2014): Auditreportage 2014. Bijlage 3 Public-private partnerships, in: Dutch vocational education and training: Learning, monitoring and governance. https://www.platformbetatechniek.nl/media/files/publicaties/Bijlage3-Public-privatepartnerships-WEB.pdf
Examples of good practice can be found here (in Dutch): http://www.publiekprivaatsamenwerken.nl/good-practices