On-the-job learning is an integral part of vocational education and a tuition method in which part of the issues included in the curricula are learned in the workplace. On-the-job learning is a guided, controlled and assessed learning period of a minimum of 40 competence points. Apprenticeships usually take place during the second or third year of study.
The objective of on-the-job learning is to improve the student’s employability, facilitate their access to the labour market, broaden their professional skills, and enhance their professional attitude towards their work. During the apprenticeship, students learn the rules and regulations related to employment, they learn to navigate in the world of work, and to comply with occupational safety regulations in the workplace.
An employment contract is always made with the student’s workplace for the duration of the apprenticeship. The student’s performance is assessed by the student’s supervisor at the workplace, the teacher in charge of apprenticeships, and the student him/herself.
All apprentices write an on-the-job learning blog. The blog can be found at http://lybecker.ning.com/
Students can also complete their on-the-job learning periods abroad. If the duration of the apprenticeship is for a minimum of eight weeks, the student will receive a supplement for his or her student’s allowance. There are also bursaries available for apprenticeships abroad. Further information is available from Mr Pekka Korhonen and Ms Tuija Nurkkala, who are the teachers responsible for international affairs.