Workplace learning in Europe and the United States

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Workplace learning in Europe and the United States

Category : TA3 Connections

Copenhagen was the site of the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) 21 international symposium and meetings hosted by two Danish member technical colleges, TEC in Copenhagen and EUC-Syd in Sønderborg. The focus was workplace learning, a subject of renewed interest in countries that don’t have it and that are now reexamining it in light of today’s and tomorrow’s economy.

The events enabled places re-considering workplace learning to learn from countries where apprenticeships are part and parcel of their systems of education—notably Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Among the 24 EU countries that offer some form of apprenticeship that involves over half of learning. Community colleges in the U.S. operate at the edges with coop programs and internships but few have full-blown apprenticeship programs, in part because so many students have full or part-time jobs and in part because of insufficient business commitment.  At the secondary level in career and technical education, the demands of academic rigor, STEM, and testing constrain not only the time available for occupational programs but pedagogy. For more information, the agenda and presentations, click here.