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Recommendations on communication
Recommendations for teachers on communication with workplace supervisors
A teacher at a vocational college cannot interfere with the work organisation of an enterprise. To provide approprinte training for your student, you have to rely on communication with the responsible persons who will be in charge of him/her.
- Be mindful of the supervisor’s time constraints.
- Deliver new information in person
- Do not overwhelm them with paper.
- Be prepared for their questions and possible objections.
Clearly state your expectations:
- The supervisor should define and explain outcomes and timelines of the work experience to the trainee.
- He should use the work-based learning plan you have agreed on as a guide.
- He should provide frequent, honest feedback to the trainee.
- He should provide opportunities for the student to develop skills necessary for success in the industry.
Communication during the training
- Conduct effective orientation and check-in meetings, clarify expectations.
- Suggest that experienced supervisors train new ones.
- Establish a feasible pattern of continuous communication
- Encourage supervisors to call you with any questions
- Supervisors do not follow school schedules: Get to know the supervisor’s downtime and use it (for meetings etc.).
- Establish objectives and a clear structure for meetings.
- Provide feedback on a consistent basis, appreciate the work of supervisors.
- Look out for opportunities to observe your trainee at work.
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