Introduction to the apprenticeship project:
Vocational apprenticeship is a project characterized by a combination of receiving academic information, practical applications in the educational institution, and training on the job sites in companies and institutions.
The vocational apprenticeship project is considered one of the reform projects adopted by governments and civil labor organizations to improve the outcomes of the education project by working to provide students with the skills they need for the labor market. It combines learning in education or training institutions with basic work-based learning in companies and other workplaces. The development of technical and vocational education is considered one of the basic pillars of this ambitious project.
The vocational apprenticeship program seeks to increase the acquisition of knowledge and skills, improve job opportunities for young men and women, and facilitate their transition to the labor market thanks to the experiences and skills acquired during training. The program also focuses on acquiring skills related to labor market needs.
Objective of the apprenticeship project:
Improving the level of students’ skills by implementing a system that the labor market participates in preparing and implementing to ensure that students master the basic professional competencies that the labor market aspires to.
As labor markets continue to develop and competitive work environments increase, companies are realizing the importance of applying professional apprenticeships and investing in talent, considering it an important growth engine that leads to business success.
Apprenticeship has recently become a vital business strategy for creating a skilled workforce for the future by attracting university graduates to develop their skills in dealing with the labor market available to them. Through apprenticeships we can quickly adopt the latest technological developments which we can use to accelerate innovations in processes and services and stay ahead of the competition in the job market.
What does the Apprenticeship Project offer?
Developing academic programs:
-Offering developed and modern programs suitable for males and females, as the system includes closed specializations in addition to other specializations that are planned to be opened based on the need of the labor market.
- Participation of the private sector in preparing curricula and study programs, setting professional and educational specifications, and training students.
Gain a satisfactory work ethic:
- Applying more appropriate and diverse teaching and learning strategies that work to provide students with a satisfactory work ethic.
Continuous communication with practical life increases students’ maturity and sense of responsibility, which gives them values and ethics that cannot be gained theoretically.
Improving the level of students’ practical skills
- The application of apprenticeships links education to the profession that the student will join.
- Developing field training that will represent a large percentage of the student’s time.
- Using simulation strategies and projects as a means of training in professional skills within the educational institution
International Labor Organization: Vocational apprenticeships can represent a path leading towards achieving decent work for Arab youth:
The importance of the apprenticeship program, which is primarily based on matching training outcomes with labor market requirements, explaining that the International Labor Organization aims, through the apprenticeship program, to increase the transfer of knowledge and skills, improve job opportunities for young men and women, and facilitate their transition to the labor market thanks to the competencies acquired during training.
According to the latest figures issued by the International Labor Organization, unemployment rates among youth in the Middle East and North Africa regions are the highest in the world, reaching 27.2 and 29 percent, respectively. Specific apprenticeships have been shown to be effective in overcoming the problem of lack of work experience that hinders young people's transition from school to work.
Applying professional apprenticeship at the College of Computer at Al-Razi University
Based on the vision, mission, and goals of the College of Computer and Information Technology at Al-Razi University, it sought to integrate the outcomes of higher education and the requirements of the labor market, and to bridge the gap between the outcomes of higher education and the changing market requirements, through implementing professional apprenticeship programs and signing partnership contracts with a number of companies specialized in the fields of information technology. Such as (Yemen Soft Company, WhiteTech Company, Ebdaa Soft Company, Betasys, etc.)
The university also presented graduation projects that fit the requirements of the labor market and under the technical supervision of specialized companies that signed partnership contracts with the university.
Dean of the College of Computer
Dr. Yahya Ismail Al-Ashmouri