Tools: Effective training delivery methods

12 training methods for use by in-company trainers, Germany

This tool presents and explains different teaching methods that can be used by in-CTs so that apprentices can learn in an autonomous, motivated and goal-oriented way. Development of comprehensive competencies (as mentioned in section 3.3) is at the heart of these modules, and these methods aim to teach apprentices problem-solving, communication, teamwork and learning-to-learn skills. The tool supports in-CTs with information on how to create a good learning and working environment to ensure that the apprenticeship is a success for both apprentice and company.

The tool has 12 different learning modules that help in-CTs to master a range of training methods to support them in guiding apprentices.

Source: (in German).



Manual for the instruction of vocational trainers in industrial and technical trades, Afghanistan

The Reader for Instruction of Vocational Trainers of Industrial and Technical Trades offers action-oriented information on the planning, implementation and assessment of practical lessons in various industrial–technical vocations.

This tool delivers the latest scientific knowledge for the organization of teaching and learning methods for practical apprenticeship training and the control of the learning process in practice as well as in the complex interaction of didactics and teaching and learning methods. The tasks and questions repeated at the end of each of the five chapters reinforce the lessons learned.

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Lesson planning and action-oriented teaching – a manual for secondary technical schools, Afghanistan

This publication is a lesson-planning guide for teachers, especially those working in secondary technical schools. It provides information on the planning, implementation and evaluation of theoretic vocational lessons, while at the same time describing the necessary scientific background knowledge in the areas of learning psychology, teaching and learning/didactics, the tasks of teachers, and the evaluation of the quality of teaching and learning. It also includes media resources and methodoogies for teaching.

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Teaching and training methods in apprenticeship: A review of research, United Kingdom

This publication, Remaking apprenticeships: Powerful learning for work and life, is a review of the research into the pedagogy of apprenticeships, exploring the art, science and craft of teaching and learning methods for apprentices.

This tool is linked to six proposed learning outcomes for apprenticeships:

  • Routine expertise in an occupation.
  • Resourcefulness – the capacity to think and act in situations not previously encountered.
  • Craftsmanship – pride in a job well done and an ethic of excellence.
  • Functional literacies – numeracy, literacy, digital and graphical skills.
  • Business-like attitudes – customer- and client-focused, entrepreneurial and aware of the concept of value for money, whether in the for-profit, public or third sectors.
  • Wider skills for growth – the dispositions and wider skills for a lifetime of learning and change.

The identified learning methods appropriate to apprenticeships involve: learning from experts, deliberate practising, hands-on learning, feedback which promotes learning, real-world problem-solving, one-to-one coaching and mentoring, competing against the clock and seamless blending of online and face-to-face learning.


Approaches to effectively engage apprentices and students to lower the drop-out rate, NetWBL

Building on successful practices, tools and approaches for the prevention of student drop-out, partners from six European countries came together in the “tune in!” project with a view to disseminating information on all such successes. The “tune in!” toolbox contains practical examples of exercises that can be used by teachers and trainers and has a notably practical focus (learning by doing). Notably, a set of associated guidelines has been produced for those new to the subject of educational drop-out. Materials (toolbox and guidelines) can be accessed in English and all six partner languages and form a useful and practical addition to occupational and transferable learning materials.


A digital platform providing online apprenticeships and career coaching services for apprentices, France

Openclassrooms is a platform that provides the off-the-job training component through online learning. Video courses and real-life projects are always accessible, allowing apprentices to work wherever and whenever happens to fit into their schedules. The Openclassrooms apprenticeship programmes include weekly, one-to-one mentorship sessions with a dedicated professional in each field, supporting apprentices through their programmes.

Apprentices can earn bachelor’s and master’s-level diplomas in web development, data, IT and project management, among other subjects. They can also develop crucial soft skills, such as working effectively in teams, public speaking and learning how to learn efficiently.