LETAE National Seminar

University of Glasgow
St Andrews Building
Eldon Street
United Kingdom
Thursday, 30 April, 2015 - 10:00

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** A report on this seminar may be found here **

Work-based and work-related learning in higher education for adult learners is seen as crucial to address the predicted labour market skills gap identified in such communiques as: New Skills for New Jobs Anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs; and, An Agenda for new skills and jobs: A European contribution towards full employment as part of the Europe 2020 strategy. It is also relevant to debates on work-related learning and upskilling that were identified in the Leitch Report produced in the UK.

The LETAE project funded by the EU under its Lifelong Learning Programme is concerned to identify good practice in partnerships and collaborations between enterprises, work organisations and employer groups and higher education institutions. It builds on the THEMP (Tertiary Higher Education for Mid-life People) project which concentrated on pedagogical issues related to adult learners in higher education; while in LETAE we are more interested in the work-based/-related elements of such programmes with a focus on partnerships and collaborations.

The project is a multi-partner, multi case study funded under the EU Erasmus Multilateral Projects Action.  The partners represent the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and the UK. The projects aims to provide a comparative analysis of the role of higher education institutions, in collaboration with external partners, in providing programmes of work-based or –related learning for those over 25 and with existing work experience.

It aims to identify areas of good practice in the development of programmes in collaboration with industry, employers, sectoral organisations, trade unions and professional or regulatory bodies. We are also concerned with what the drivers of such programmes are in terms of internal or external factors; and, how and in what ways national policy contexts, regulatory frameworks and labour market structures may influence this process. The project also aims to measure the effectiveness of the programmes from:

  • the learner perspective: in relation to the development of skills and competences, the impact on their immediate and future career; and on their work-life balance; and,
  • the institutional perspective: in relation to motivation, design and delivery, evaluation and assessment, etc. and,
  • the partner perspective: motivation to development, impact of programme on learner/employee development , evaluation

Speakers include representatives from UNITE, the OU in Scotland, UHI, CRADALL, Fundacion CYD (Barcelona) and ITB Bremen.

Seminar Series 2014-15 - LETAE (reinforce the Labour Efficiency of Tertiary Higher Education in universities)

Thursday 30th April 2015 10:00 -16:00

National seminar 30th April Glasgow University

Programme Outline

10:00 – Coffee

10:15 – Welcome and introduction

10:30 – Karsten Kruger, Fundacion CYD – Overview of the LETAE project

11:10 – Muir Houston, University of Glasgow – the UK cases

11:50 – Amanda/Helen, UoG – BACD and placements

12:30 – Lunch

13:15 – Billy Andrews, UHI – Foundation degree in Power Engineering

13:50 – OU in Scotland – Work based learning and the OU

14:30 – Jim Aitken – UNITE – ULRs and workplace learning

15:10 – Andreas Saniter, ITB Bremen – typologies and next stages

15:50 – closing remarks – Mike Osborne

Room 433, School of Education, St. Andrews Building, 11 Eldon Street, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G3 6NH

The session will start at 10:00 with coffee and a sandwich lunch will be available. All are welcome, but a reservation is essential. Please RSVP to [email protected] to book your place



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