DUAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (DET)
Dual Education and Training (DET) promotes learning in two venues: the school and the company. The DET approach maximizes the potentials of learners to gain industry-demanded skills that are crucial for the labor market and sufficiently prepare learners for immediate employment.
DET supports the development of a skilled workforce that meets labor market needs. Better skilled workers have a better chance of employment.
A skilled workforce, on the other hand, improves the economic competitiveness of companies and countries, further attracting investment and fostering job growth.
Learning Venues: DET combines practical training at the workplace with classroom-based training in schools or training centres. The two venues business and classroom can be enhanced with a third. Third learning venues are often simulated environments (e.g. labs, workshops, etc.).
Ownership: DET is a joint responsibility by public and private partners, resp. schools and businesses. Dual VET “belongs” to both partners. Organisations of the world of work are essential for dual VET.
Status of Trainees: In DET, trainees are employees at businesses with special status. They are recruited by the businesses themselves.
BENEFITS OF DET
- Influence on training content and delivery
- Higher productivity from well-trained workforce
- Increased worker-retention rate saves recruitment cost and time
- Addressing the academe-industry mismatch by actively engaging in the competency definition
- DET ensures that an updated curriculum is maintained as there is active participation from the industry players. The training plan, which forms part of the curriculum, is designed according to feasibility and effectiveness in its delivery.
- DET also helps in resource optimization. This means the full use of school and company facilities and resources allows the admission of more trainees. While trainees are in their in-plant training, the equipment and facilities can be used by other students.
- There is regular feedback to and from the industries thru industrial coordinator (school-based staff). He/she monitors the performance of the trainees in the workplace and makes sure that the right skills are learned according to the training plan.
- There is advent exposure to the latest technology. The trainees’ access to the expertise and resources available and the well-coordinated delivery of instructional activities in learning venues, guarantees quality and relevant training aside from their readiness to the expected working environment.
- Acquire personal and social skills that improve confidence
- Exposure to real work-life that teaches market-oriented skills
- High probability of direct employment after training program completion
- Increased chances to advance their careers faster and earn more
CHAMBERS' ROLE IN DET
Chambers can play a significant role in mediating between the two actors in DET: the industry and the academe. Chambers can promote the DET approach and facilitate and maintain the public-private dialogue between all stakeholders.
Specifically, chambers can benefit through:
- Additional human resources development services for member companies
- Positioning themselves as knowledge holders in human resources development
- Enhanced membership relations which lead to membership retention and recruitment
- Income-generation and financial self-sustainability