BEST Institute for vocational training and personal training GmbH


ENCOUNTER – ENhancing the COoperation and sUpport among vocational education and Training providERs

Within work-based learning systems, cooperation between companies and vocational education and training providers is crucial to effective apprenticeship provision, which focuses on quality opportunities for learning and training, competitiveness and sustainable growth. This cooperation is regarded as key for the successful link between education and training, for increasing employability and last but not least for smoother transition between the world of education and work. Yet, the effective cooperation between the two sectors needs to be nurtured and supported with relevant measures in order for WBL to contribute to economic resilience and innovation in an ever-changing labour market.

For this purpose, the ENCOUNTER project’s general aim is through transnational cooperation to explore working models and mechanisms to support and improve the way training providers engage with companies and thus bring positive change in terms of planning, HR management and communication as a prerequisite to successful WBL experience. This objective is related to the exchange of knowledge and cocreation of an effective approach to successful cooperation between VET and the business, with focus on the profile and role of the person enabling this collaboration, i.e., “work-based learning contact person (Betriebskontakter)”.

In order to achieve our aims, the ENCOUNTER partnership develops Guidelines on how to establish effective WBL partnerships, both at IVET and CVET level. Thus, we support the professional development and competences of professionals who establish and maintain the link between training providers and companies.

EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA2, Small-scale partnerships in vocational education and training
Coordination: Intempore EOOD (Bulgaria)
Contact: Helmut Kronika
Duration: April 2022 – July 2023

This project (project n° 2021-2-BG01-KA210-VET-000048745) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.