The Association of Colleges (AoC)

The Association of Colleges (AoC) is the national voice for colleges In England and exists to promote and support their interests. Everything AoC does is aimed at helping colleges deliver their purpose and to make an impact. AoC believes that every community should be supported by a strong and successful college, which develops students, delivers relevant skills, and supports stronger communities, social justice, employers and the economy. Colleges are at the heart of their communities offering world-class education and training which:

  • Transforms lives and communities;
  • Equips students of all ages and abilities with the knowledge and skills to succeed and achieve their ambitions;
  • Provides employers with the highly-skilled and productive workforces they need;
  • Sustains strong local economies and vibrant, tolerant communities.

Circa 200 colleges in England offer HVET – meeting the demands of local employers and an HE access service for students who are unable to travel to a large campus-based university. Higher and degree apprenticeships are an integral part of that offer.

POLYTECHNIC OF PORTO – SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

Created in 1985, the Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO) is the largest and the most dynamic Polytechnic in the country, occupying the first position in the ranking of the Polytechnic and, in conjunction with major universities, is placed in the upper reaches of the ranking of National Higher Education.

The mission of P.PORTO is to create and further knowledge, science, technology and culture, and to provide students with technical, scientific, artistic and transverse skills that articulate knowledge and action, so as to become the agent of transformation at home and abroad, and through intervention contribute to the wise development of society.

P.PORTO’s eight Schools constitute the dynamic axis of an open, challenging and multicultural community and turn a complex of modern labs and equipment into living entities. The Schools are the link between the three Campuses, 30 research centres, more than 18,000 students, 58 undergraduate degrees and 50 masters’ degrees.

Founded in 1999, ESTG (School of Management and Technology) is a dynamic and proactive institution of higher education integrated in P.PORTO. ESTG’s mission is to take part in development, social wellbeing, and technical and scientific excellence, by promoting a solid education, enabling students to become innovative leaders of progress and innovation. ESTG involves about 1400 students distributed by 7 Undergraduate and 7 Master degrees concerning 4 main areas: Computer Science, Business Sciences, Legal Practice and Occupational Safety and Quality.

ESTG has a Centre for Research and Innovation in Business Sciences and Information Systems (CIICESI), which has 58 researchers (45 PhD) and its mission is to promote and develop scientific research in Business Sciences and Information Systems domains, particularly if supported by Information Technology. CIICESI holds the interdisciplinary scientific, technological and technical skills necessary to promote and disseminate new knowledge to the business community.

FH JOANNEUM

FH JOANNEUM is one of Austria`s leading universities of applied sciences and has currently more than 40 highly specialized degree programs in the 6 departments Applied Computer Sciences, Engineering, Health Studies, Building|Engergy&Society, Media&Design, Management), 630 employees and more than 800 affiliated lectures.  FH JOANNEUM considers the production of knowledge and passing it on, as well as research and training, as processes, which are inseparably connected with each other. These are integrated activities, which enrich and strengthen each other. FH JOANNEUM is a university of applied sciences committed to stimulating innovation through R&D in order to meet sustainability goals and societal needs in line with the principle ‘from idea to implementation’. Against this background, research and development is a prerequisite for the internationally recognized education provided by FH JOANNEUM, which is based on permanent transfer of knowledge between teaching and R&D.

Mondragon Unibertsitatea

Mondragon Unibertsitatea is a young university, created in 1997 and promoted by three educational cooperatives with an extensive trajectory and experience in teaching which dates back to 1943. At present it is made up of 4 faculties:

  • The Faculty of Engineering
  • The Faculty of Business
  • The Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences
  • The Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences-Basque Culinary Center

Its activity is distributed in 9 campuses located in the Basque Country and 8 entrepreneurship laboratories, 4 of them in Spain and 4 in China, India, Mexico and Korea.

In addition, it is a member of the MONDRAGON Co-operative Group, the most important business group in the Basque Country and tenth in Spain, with commercial and manufacturing locations in the five continents.

A differentiating element of Mondragon Unibertsitatea is its legal structure, since it is a non-profit cooperative university.

Mondragon Unibertsitatea has its own innovative educational model designed to respond to the new needs of society. This model focusses on student’s learning rather than teaching.  It is also an educational project where the practical component acquires a very important place, in which it is compulsory for all students to carry out practical internships, apprenticeships and DUAL programs in companies and/or organizations.

Due to this relationship, the university has immediate and permanent knowledge of the needs and demands of companies, which enables it to adapt its training offer and professional profile of its graduates to them, guaranteeing to a great extent high and fast employability of the graduates.

APPRENTICESHIPQ

EURASHE is a partner in the ApprenticeshipQ (Mainstreaming Procedures for Quality Apprenticeships in Educational Organisations and Enterprises) project.

Underneath are further information on:


The lack of work experience and the skills mismatch between labour demand and supply are two of the greatest challenges for young people to transition from the world of education to the world of work. A promising way to face those challenges are Apprenticeships. However, their implementation is complex and the lack of European guidelines to support it seems to be preventing many of the actors in the sector – higher education institutions and companies, particularly small and medium enterprises – to launch valuable, steady and sustainable Apprenticeship Programmes.

Our mission is to develop management tools that support Higher Education institutions and employers to offer and direct high-quality apprenticeships.

  • A CATEGORIZATION OF APPRENTICESHIPS AND THE DESCRIPTION OF ITS CHARACTERISTICS. This will help identify different types of apprenticeships in Europe, harmonize the dialogue between its actors across countries and facilitate mobility and recognition schemes.

 

  • A REQUIREMENTS STANDARD TO MANAGE THE QUALITY OF APPRENTICESHIPS. In other words, a document synthesising objectively the most basic needs and expectations to be taken into account, both by higher education institutions and by companies during apprenticeships to assure the quality of its outcomes.

 

  • A MANAGEMENT TOOLKIT. This Toolkit will contain documents such as manuals, procedures, checklists and other forms to support the implementation of an “apprenticeships quality management system” based on the requirements standard, as well as to support internal and external audits to verify its conformance.

 

  • A VALIDATION PILOT. The validation pilot will test and validate the developed set of documentation through piloting them in six European countries

 

Following are the partners of the project:

  • Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC) - Skupnost višjih strokovnih šol Republike Slovenije (SKUPNOST VSŠ) The Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC) was founded as a public institution in 2005, when its Establishing Act was... Read more
  • Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heilbronn - Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State Univer­sity­ is ­the ­first ­higher ­education ­institution­ in­ Germany­ to ­integrate­ academic­ studies ­with­ workplace­ training. Founded­ on­ 1 ­March­ 2009,­it­ is­ based­ on ­the ­successful­ “dual­... Read more
  • FH JOANNEUM - FH JOANNEUM is one of Austria`s leading universities of applied sciences and has currently more than 40 highly specialized degree programs in the 6 departments Applied Computer Sciences, Engineering, Health... Read more
  • Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) (KIC-Malta) - The Knowledge Innovation Centre is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from... Read more
  • Mondragon Unibertsitatea - Mondragon Unibertsitatea is a young university, created in 1997 and promoted by three educational cooperatives with an extensive trajectory and experience in teaching which dates back to 1943. At present... Read more
  • POLYTECHNIC OF PORTO – SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY - Created in 1985, the Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO) is the largest and the most dynamic Polytechnic in the country, occupying the first position in the ranking of the Polytechnic and,... Read more
  • The Association of Colleges (AoC) - The Association of Colleges (AoC) is the national voice for colleges In England and exists to promote and support their interests. Everything AoC does is aimed at helping colleges deliver... Read more
  • Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heilbronn

    Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State Univer­sity­ is ­the ­first ­higher ­education ­institution­ in­ Germany­ to ­integrate­ academic­ studies ­with­ workplace­ training. Founded­ on­ 1 ­March­ 2009,­it­ is­ based­ on ­the ­successful­ “dual­ study”­ concept­ that­ was­ pioneered­ by ­the­ Berufsakademie­ (University­ of ­Cooperative­ Education)­ more­ than­ 40 ­years ­ago.­ With around 34,000 undergraduates, more than 9,000 partner companies and institutions and more than 125,000 alumni, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) counts as one of the largest universities in the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Throughout its various locations, DHBW offers a wide range of nationally and internationally accredited undergraduate study programs in the field of business, engineering and social work. In addition, the university offers postgraduate study programs with an integrated on-the-job training.

    Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC)

    Skupnost višjih strokovnih šol Republike Slovenije (SKUPNOST VSŠ)

    The Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges (Association HVC) was founded as a public institution in 2005, when its Establishing Act was confirmed and adopted by the Slovene government. It is a professional association of higher vocational colleges on the national level. It includes 48 members (96% of all Slovene HVC institutions) all providing EQF level 5 as public or private providers. They offer their programs (31) on 25 locations across Slovenia to 99% of the national EQF level 5 students population (120 ECTS). The Association HVC main mission is to promote the interests of higher vocational education in Slovenia and beyond its borders and to contribute to the progressive development of professional higher education and professional research area. Our members do not only provide higher vocational education programmes, but also contribute to the field of applied research and professional studies as well as directly to the development of local communities and regions. The Association HVC and its members have 20 years of experience in coordination of national and international projects. Our specifics are 40% of curricula that are provided as in company work-based learning and the teaching staff requirements that demand up to date professional experience and knowledge from the field of work as well as pedagogical and andragogical competencies of our teaching staff. In doing so we ensure up to date theoretical training at the institution facility and then monitored and guided in company placements with certified and qualified mentors. The result is that our graduates are 97% employed and cherished by the employers as ready to work and act graduates in comparison to their peer graduates from higher education that are experiencing a growing number of unemployment with the bachelor, master and even doctoral degrees. Our values are QUALITY – INNOVATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP – RESPONSIBILITY – RESPECT.

    Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) (KIC-Malta)

    The Knowledge Innovation Centre is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from a variety of fields, and has worked extensively within Quality Assurance of Higher Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, Student Services and knowledge economy (as it relates to the Lisbon Agenda and Barcelona Process). The Centre has forged close relationships with a number of stakeholders in the regional innovation and Higher Education fields, and is active in leveraging such relationships to build multi-disciplinary, multi-country networks for knowledge transfer and capitalisation. The Centre also offers a variety of online solutions geared at maximising quality assurance mechanisms, public relations and services.