Return on Investment of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeships - Questionnaire Survey
This questionnaire aims at identifying the main success factors, obstacles, successful strategies and approaches to effective work-based learning (WBL) in SMEs in order to motivate and engage them in the higher provision of WBL and apprenticeships. The results will provide the base for the elaboration of the digital tool for the calculation of the return on investments (ROI) of WBL and apprenticeships made by SMEs. The research is part of the project “Return on Investment of Work Based learning and Apprenticeships” project N°: 2017-1-SK01-KA202-035375 (web page: www.roiwbl.eu).

We would like your participation in this study. The fields marked with * in the questionnaire are mandatory and support the research in all the countries of the partnership. In the processing of analysis data, partners will maintain the confidentiality of your response. Thanks in advance!

Name of the company *
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Number of employees *
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Sector of Activity *
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Your role in the company *
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City *
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Country *
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E-mail *
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1. Is your company involved in WBL and/or apprenticeships provision? *
2. Do you have institutional policy on WBL and/or apprenticeships provision? *
3a. In your opinion, WBL and apprenticeship in a companies *
COMPANY EFFECTS
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Somewhat agree
Agree
Strongly agree
has a positive impact on organisation’s performance
contributes to higher productivity by hiring the former WBL trainees
enhances organisation’s profitability
contributes to reducing the cost of external recruitment and internal induction (introducing staff to a new job and organisation)
increase staff morale (overall outlook, attitude, satisfaction, and confidence that employees feel at work)
gives the opportunity to get to know future employees
enhances comapny image and reputation
increases staff retention and work satisfaction
provides an effective way to address the problem of inadequate skills supply
has a better employee candidate pool, leading to lower future training costs
ensures availability of skilled workers by investing in the future workforce
does not bring “value for money”
brings more benefits than costs
brings more risks than benefits
is investment in future skills rather as a way to sustain low-cost production
tranees bring innovation into the WBL experience, in particular digital skills
tranees bring innovation into the WBL experience, in particular open sources programs
3b. In your opinion, WBL and apprenticeship in a companies
Other effects, please specify:
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4a. In your opinion, the WBL and apprenticeship in society *
SOCIETY EFFECTS
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Somewhat disagree
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Strongly agree
increases employability through more effective preparation of learners for the labour market and fostering the acquisition of soft and employability skills
contributs to developing more relevant and integrated curricula at schools
reduced youth employment
higher inclusion in society, helps social integration and participation, particularly for vulnerable groups
higher inclusion in society, helps to keep dropout rates low
higher economic return through reducing public expenditure and freeing up funds for other priorities
a better social cohesion and cooperation in the region
higher societal trust since governments, companies and citizens contribute to improving the provision of opportunities and results
improves intergenerational exchange
improves active citizenship
4b. In your opinion, the WBL and apprenticeship in society
Other effects, please specify:
Your answer
5a. In your opinion, the national legislation on WBL and apprenticeship *
SUPPORT, ENVIRONMENT
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Somewhat agree
Agree
Strongly agree
has established a structured, continuous dialogue and cooperation between all apprenticeship partners including a transparent method of coordination and decision-making
safeguards the rights and responsibilities of the main partners (vocational education and training providers, employers, apprentices and social partners)
duly involves employer and employee representatives in questions of apprenticeship content, assessment and certification
has appropriately set the WBL financial framework
is motivating to engage both companies and vocational education and training providers
is more suited to larger companies than SMEs
5b. In your opinion, the national legislation on WBL and apprenticeship
Other, please specify:
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6. Please indicate 3 support measures that you know would make apprenticeships more attractive and accessible to SMEs and would motivate companies to take on apprentices? *
Your answer
7. In your opinion, SMEs with no prior experience with apprentices *
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Somewhat agree
Agree
Strongly agree
have the capacity to host WBL
are interested in easier and shorter form of WBL or apprenticesthip
get sufficient financial support
get sufficient non-financial support
8. In your opinion *
PERCEPTION OF THE SYSTEM WORKING
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Somewhat agree
Agree
Strongly agree
SMEs require more information about apprenticeship since they do not have a clear idea on the different forms of WBL
companies that provide apprenticeships for disadvantaged learners are sufficiently supported
companies are sufficiently motivated and supported to assign qualified trainers and tutors to their apprentices
sufficient broad range of awareness-raising activities aiming at the promotion of the vocational education and training and apprenticeships attractiveness are implemented
there is systematic cooperation between vocational education and training schools or training centres and companies that ensure sufficient support to SMEs through business-education partnerships at the local level
the current content of work-based learning programmes takes into account the changing skill needs in companies and society
the adaptation of the school curricula to the SMEs needs which are strictly related to the market is missing
SMEs create feedback loops with the VET providers to adress the market needs
9. In your opinion, which are the 3 main success factors that contribute to effective work-based learning? *
Your answer
10a. In your opinion, which are the main obstacles for effective work-based learning in your company? *
COMPANY OBSTACLES
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Somewhat agree
Agree
Strongly agree
optimal public policy support does not exist
formal recognition of WBL
informal recognition of WBL
low interest of vocational and education training schools in WBL
degradation of apprenticeship and vocational and education training school in public eyes
poaching of WBL learners - some firms will invest in training whilst others recruit the trained workers
lack of a legal structure and data (i.e. legislation determining the status or insurance of trainees, challenge of measuring learning outcomes)
ensuring the quality of WBL; use of appropriate quality control mechanisms
lack of support and commitment for WBL from companies and vocational and education training schools
workplace supervision and training, availability of good trainers and mentors
low involvement and capacity of chambers of commerce and other proffesional associations
negative perceptions of WBL (e.g. as a second-best educational alternative)
high financial costs having impact on profits
high time cost having an impact on profits
too much bureaucracy and documentation to provide in order to start the WBL experience
lack of interest and engagement of the students, most of the time students don’t have a real idea of what the company is doing
10b. In your opinion, which are the main obstacles for effective work-based learning in your company?
Other obstacles, please specify:
Your answer
11a. In your opinion what kind of support do companies need for WBL *
SUPPORT NEEDED FOR COMPANIES
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Somewhat agree
Agree
Strongly agree
staff development
development of ICT platform/ guide/website
development of mentor guidance