A brief study on apprenticeship in higher education

Commissioned by: Ministry of Science and Education
Project duration: September 19, 2016 – October 25, 2016
Project manager: Valerija Botrić, PhD

Brief outline: 
The aim of the project is to analyze the representation and quality of vocational practice and other forms of learning through work in study programs at higher education institutions in the Republic of Croatia. The study also contains recommendations for increasing attendance and improving the quality of vocational practice in study programs that are being conducted at higher education institutions in the Republic of Croatia to the extent that the results of the analysis enable it. 

A short study will be conducted according to the following categories: 
  • Type of professional practice (what kind of professional practice exists as part of study programs at higher education institutions in the Republic of Croatia and what are their basic characteristics)
  • Representation of professional practice (what is the representation of the professional practice,  in which level is the practical practice performed as a separate course, and to what extent is it included within the course that combines teaching and practical work, in what way  the importance attached to the professional practice within study programs based on the number WECTS credits gained from this overall professional practice is estimated)
  • Quality of the professional practice (to what extent is the professional practice described in the learning outcomes, to what extent employers provide mentoring for the implementation of professional practice, to what extent mentors at the higher education institutions are involved in evaluating the learning outcomes gained by the professional practice)
  • Collaboration of higher education institutions and employers (to what extent do higher education institutions provide the opportunity to conduct professional practice through systematic cooperation and contractual obligations with employers)
  • Collaboration between students and employers (how is the students' status regulated by employers, does the employer pay the student compensation for the duration of their professional practice).