The learning process incorporates two priorities
- Practical training in a host company, with content and targets agreed upon by the student and company before starting the programme, and validated by the school. An apprenticeship supervisor, together with an experienced manager from the company, organise and monitor the apprentice’s work. A tutor (school lecturer) provides a permanent and formal point of contact between the student and the training supervisor. This person helps assess the skills acquired by the apprentice while with the company.
- Academic education provided by the school equips each apprentice with the basic scientific, technological and human-related attributes. The purpose of this course is also to conceptualise knowledge gained in the workplace, with the host company.
Most of the syllabus is delivered via our on-line learning platform (TutTelNet®), with some weeks where students come together at the school.
Each apprentice follows the course at their workplace or home. The exclusive TutTelNet® online learning technology means that courses can de studied in real time, questions can be addressed to lecturers and all students studying the course can meet online. The self-study programme can be accessed whenever students want, with resources made available on the school’s intranet system. Periodic meetings at the school ensure the course runs smoothly.
The 3-year apprenticeship study programme and learning in key subjects is illustrated in the following diagrams.
Students must complete a mandatory 8-week international internship. This must be undertaken in Year 2 or 3.
Arrangements for alternating periods in school and the workplace can be reviewed, as well as the level of self-study in the learning programme.
The course last three years and apprentices spend half their time on tasks assigned to them by their host companies. The remaining half of their training is spent on lectures given by the school.
At the start of the first school year, student-apprentices are based at the school and take a refresher courses for key required knowledge and training in intercultural communication. They also go on an international language-learning trip.
Next, students spend roughly two years with a company and continue their studies online (synchronised or deferred), with week-long gatherings at the school.
As such, the school/workplace schedule is:
- 1 week at school / 5 weeks in the workplace, in Years 1 and 2
- 1 week at school / 3 weeks in the workplace, at the end of Year 2 and first half of Year 3
Students have 12-hours each week during this period for self-study (deducted from legal working hours), using various learning modules provided by the school. These 12-hour periods include « virtual class sessions », when apprentice students in the same year all connect up, by phone or internet, for live courses given by a school professor.
‘Get-together’ weeks at the school are used to introduce and prepare future course modules, to revise previous ones, practice English and sit knowledge tests.
Towards the end of their studies, apprentices are fully available to their employers to work on their final year engineering project. While learning English is mandatory, no courses are provided for a second modern language. Students must complete a minimum 8-week international internship in Years 2 and 3.