In October Keith and I flew out to Bulgaria for the forth meeting with our European Partners. We arrived in Sofia and were then transported to Plevin by mini bus. This journey was through beautiful mountainous scenery and introduced us to some very different rules of the road! DBBZ were our hosts showing us around their worksite and the kind of apprenticeships they offer in computing, building etc. People come from surrounding areas and live within the premises while completing their courses, going away with a qualification to help them gain employment or set up their own business.
The ASK group have been working on a comparative study of non-formal and informal acquired skills in vocational training and as you can probably guess there is quite a wide understanding of skills development. Keith presented the final outcomes from the survey we did. All countries undertook to ask students/trainees/teachers and trainers to complete a questionnaire and we had 329 responses on which to base our findings. Our next step is to look at validation, reflecting on the individual\’s journey of learning which will take into account both hard and soft outcomes. We will be following this up in Italy in a few weeks time.