Productive Learning - Information for Businesses, Charities and other Places of Practice.
Productive Learning gives pupils the opportunity to learn 3 times ‘at a place of practice’ for approximately 12 weeks over the course of at least two school years. Pupils choose at which ‘places of practice’ they apply in firms, social and cultural institutions, associations etc.
If you would like to offer this opportunity to pupils who are interested in learning at your own firm or institution, we would be delighted to hear from you. In case you are wondering if Productive Learning may be of interest to you, please read the following brief outline:
What is Productive Learning?
- Productive Learning is an educational programme for final year pupils in comprehensive schools
- For three days a week pupils learn at ‘places of practice’ of their choice – perhaps your company, institution or association will be able to provide such a place of practice?
- In school, pupils process their experiences and connect them with subject-based learning
- Pupils spend three months at a place of practice
- Depending on the federal state they live in, Productive Learning pupils can attain different school leaving certificates. For example, in Mecklenburg-Pomerania they reach vocational maturity (Berufsreife) at the end of year 9; at the end of year 10 they attain the secondary school leaving certificate (Mittlere Reife).
Which experiences already exist with Productive Learning?
Productive Learning is being offered in six federal states in 80 schools altogether. Productive Learning is very successful because…
- it gives pupils the opportunity to learn in real-life situations, and to gain work experience
- it gives pupils the opportunity to meet ‘successful adults’ at work who subsequently may become role models for them
- learning in school and subject-knowledge take on a new form of meaning through pupils’ experiences with the world of work
- Productive Learning pupils can test their own interests and abilities
- and can thus make informed decisions in terms of vocational training and their prospective vocation
What does it mean for your firm or institution to supply a place of practice to one or more Productive Learning pupils?
- By giving a young person the opportunity to work in your company/institution you are supporting his or her education
- Once a pupil has applied personally at your firm/institution, you decide if you are taking him or her on. You will then sign an agreement with the school similar to an internship agreement.
- In your company/institution there are members of staff who are willing to take on the role of a mentor.
- There are no financial implications or liabilities for you. The legal status and the insurance regulations correspond to that of an internship.
- You have the opportunity to get to know potential applicants for vocational training at your company/institution.
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you.