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European Union Erasmus+ programme project “National Authorities for Apprenticeships: Implementing Work Based Learning in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia” (WBL-Balt), Grant agreement 2014-3566/001-001

Project co-ordinator: Ministry of Education and Science, Latvia
Project implementation period: 1 December, 2014 – 28 February, 2017
Project budget: 300 000 EUR (225 000 EUR EU grant, 75 000 project partner national funding)
Project co-ordinator: Ilze Buligina, senior expert, Department of Education

Aim of the project: To promote vocational education and training reforms in the Baltic states and the Baltic co-operation in vocational education and training – with a particular emphasis on work-based learning (WBL)

Project partners:

Employers Confederation of Latvia

Foundation Innove - Estonia

Ministry of Education and Science – Lithuania

Vocational Education and Training Development Centre (KPMPC) – affiliated partner

National Centre for Education (VISC) - affiliated partner

Free Trade Union Association of Latvia (LABS) affiliated partner


Project - short description of implemented activites


The development of the Baltic Alliance for Apprenticeships (BAfA)

Signing the Declaration of Intent on BAfA 22 June, 2015

BAfA logo and visual Identity guidelines
BafA logo
BAfA visual identity guidelines

Promotion of BAfA and further commitments
Agreement of 24 January 2017 on further steps in BAfA implementation


Research and expert work on WBL conceptual approaches

WBL study in Latvia
-WBL Study

Initial Analysis and Final Action Plan in Lithuania
-Initial Analysis
-Final Action Plan

Analysis of WBL in Estonia


Project seminars and conferences

Round table discussions and seminars in Latvia
-Round table discussions 2015 – 2016
-Dissemination seminars in Ogre, Daugavpils, Ventspils, Valmiera, Riga
-International Baltic seminar in Riga, Latvia 24 January, 2017

Project final international conference in Riga, Latvia 25 January, 2017

Seminar for employers in Riga, Latvia with commitment and pledges for EAfA
-Commitments and pledges by employers to EAfA

Project international conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, 20 May, 2016

Project international conference in Tallinn, Estonia, 8 April, 2016


Awareness raising activities and publicity

Information campaign on VET and WBL in Latvia

Awareness raising media campaign in Lithuania

Study visits by Estonian VET and WBL stakeholders


Video promotion materials

Address of CEDEFOP director James Calleja to the participant of the project final international conference in Riga, Latvia 25 January, 2017

Videos on VET institutions in Latvia

Videos on WBL in Estonia