oa Journal of Vocational, Adult and Continuing Education and Training - ‘What can I already do well today?’ Competence development in innovative learning cultures

Volume 2 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2663-3647



Digitalisation and a rapidly changing labour market introduce new demands on competence and these demands reinforce the renewal of Swiss apprenticeship training in businesses. The telecommunication industry is a representative example of the new challenges that vocational education and training faces. This article highlights some new approaches and pathways to apprenticeships. It shows that not only structural conditions need to be adjusted, but also the learning culture of the community of practice, which includes the shared attitudes, values and beliefs of all the actors involved in vocational education and training. As this article indicates, comprehensive changes in the apprenticeships at the enterprise studied have had a substantial impact on the development of competences such as creativity, reflection, autonomous action and initiative-taking.

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