Tandems are a well proven form of exchange in learning languages. Why not use this idea in other fields of activity? That’s what the European Trainer Teacher Tandem aims at.  An effective exchange of knowledge and improvements of teaching in the diverse vocational education and training systems are the objectives of the project.

The European Trainer Teacher Tandem (ETT Tandem) project is funded by the European Union within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme “Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training”. The project has been running since 2014 and will be completed in 2017.

In the framework of the European programme Erasmus+, trainers and teachers of vocational education of Italy, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Austria and Germany are brought together in tandems in their real training environments.

During six transnational meetings, two trainers or teachers from the European partner countries execute jointly selected parts of the practical training, either at the enterprise or in another practical learning environment. This procedure of direct and active one-on-one experience helps getting to know other systems of vocational education and enables immediate practical exchange. Trainers for example from the dual training systems of Austria and Germany pass on their practical training skills to teachers and trainers of school-based vocational education systems.

Finally, the results of the pilot project converge into one transferable model of trainer teacher tandems as mobility action within the lifelong learning process of teachers and trainers. This ETT Tandem Model will give the possibility to improve and integrate special elements into practice by teaching together and learning from each other.

This project is funded by the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors. The European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.