By Beno Arbiter, Midhat Mulaosmanović, Alicia Leonor Sauli Miklavčič
Is one of our top PHEI on level 5. It cooperates with a lot of companies offering HQ apprenticeships on national as well as international level (Palfinger, AUDI, Mercedes, Heathrow Airport, Magna, …).
The PHEI tends to communicate with companies and is trying to establish a network of companies where apprenticeships are performed. They are trying to acquire a variety of companies (technologically and organizationally advanced). They are in direct contact with mentors.
Before students begin to search for a company the PHEI calls an introductory meeting where we explain the course of the apprenticeship, commitments and deadlines. All necessary documents (including apprenticeship catalogs) are published on the PHEI’s website, which is presented. The PHEI’s contact person has dedicated office hours for students.
An evaluation sheet is drawn up according to the criteria set by the mentor in the company. When defending the apprenticeship period at the PHEI, the contact person assesses also a a seminary paper and formulates the final assessment of the apprenticeship.
All the stakeholders are ahead aware of the expectations and of all parties involved which results in realistic expectations and less dissatisfaction among them. All the parties are at all times aware of whom to contact and address at any time before, during and after the apprenticeship. The satisfaction of all involved is higher, all the steps/actions during the whole process of apprenticeship is clear and well guided, the outcomes are better.
SME’s need a lot of guidance and it is difficult to have them engaged throughout the whole process due to capacity constraints.
Integrating the company mentor into the whole process (before, during and after the apprenticeship), his time available and contact to the student, conducting research projects in the company, involving students in solving problems in the company.
Building of permanent partners for the implementation of apprenticeship (companies and mentors and financial stimulation of enterprises).