Navigating the Future Digital in VET: Blueprint for Digital Work-Based Learning


In the ever-evolving landscape of vocational education and training (VET), the Blueprint is a guide for VET Trainers and institutions through the transformative journey of work-based digital learning. The “Blueprint for Digital Work-Based Learning” provides a comprehensive roadmap, equipping educational stakeholders to prepare students for the future amidst the dynamic challenges posed by digitalization. Developed as part of the Erasmus+ project DEAL with Digital Work-Based Learning, this strategic approach addresses the accelerated impact of digitization, particularly heightened by the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The blueprint, a result of extensive collaboration among eight European partners, is a culmination of in-depth research and consultation. It tackles the changing dynamics of digitization within work and applied learning environments, providing valuable insights into the potential and challenges associated with designing a digital work-based learning (WBL) environment. Spanning five dimensions and eight sub-dimensions, the document underscores the significance of supporting educators with the necessary skills, conditions, and infrastructure.

The development of this blueprint required cutting-edge research, extensive stakeholder consultations, and continuous refinement. Conceived as a living document, it evolves through ongoing consultations and events within the DEAL with Digital WBL initiative, ensuring its relevance in the rapidly changing educational landscape.

Call to Action:

As a practical guide for educational designers, institutional leaders, practitioners, teachers, trainers, and students, the project’s findings encourage a participatory approach. The blueprint serves as a tool for institutions to assess their readiness for digital work-based learning, fostering dialogues, forming operational teams, and planning long-term strategies.

Aiming to bridge the gap between theory and practice, an online training system and toolkit are being developed to assist educators in seamlessly integrating digital work-based learning into their practices. The project extends a call to action, urging stakeholders to actively engage in the initiative, contributing to the continuous evolution of digital work-based learning in the educational sphere. By adopting the recommendations outlined in the blueprint, institutions can proactively shape the future of vocational education and training, ensuring that students are well-prepared for the digital challenges that lie ahead.

Find out more, download the Blueprint for VET trainers’ development of digital competences 


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