Didactical Guide

This Didactical Guide will help both company and academic facilitators to provide students the best possible training, adapted to the different needs and skillsrequired by the current labour market.

Adapting WBL Training for Success

The goal of this guide is to provide advice to integrate the different circumstances found in WBL in different countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), and to adapt the training given to facilitators in order to provide a genuine and successful work experience for students. This guide is intended to inspire you to adapt the suggested model to the specific requirements of your context and culture.


This didactical guide is:

• A consolidated overview that promotes aligned roles and responsibilities for all facilitators involved before, during, and after WBL engagements. The countries involved in the project understand the roles in different ways and establish different responsibilities. The term ‘Company and Academic facilitators’ refers to a general role, but in some models there are more specific roles involved in the process.

• A comprehensive summary of the process to promote satisfactory development in dual education within your cultural environment, including some good practices and additional material from WBL engagements of all kinds.

• A compilation as a blueprint and starting point.

How this didactical guide is intended to be used:

• Screening of this didactical guide in advance of a WBL engagement.

• Accompanying guide alongside WBL engagements (on the job).

• Guidance to be gauged along the spectrum of WBL engagements, ranging from short-term, focused engagements (internships) to long-term extensive engagements (dual study programmes).


The Didactical Guide is designed by and for WBL Facilitators. We have made an analysis based on our expertise in WBL within each country and for a specific target group. Based on this evaluation, we have created this common guide. This guide includes methodology and training materials and different working methods used for international WBL in HE. The goal of this guide will be to provide advice to include the different circumstances experienced in WBL for each of the participant countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), and to adapt the training of facilitators to ensure that students can have a genuinely successful and realistic work experience. This will benefit all the stakeholders involved.

5 target groups

We would like to share the different approaches to Work Based Learning that exist in the 5 participating countries, based on 5 different target groups:



Adult education


People with SEN (special education needs)/learning difficulties


Bachelor degree students


Master degree students


NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training)