WIFI Academy courses
November 1997 (confirmed January 2000)
Reference to national case
study on AT: WIFI Academy courses.
Position of the WIFI Academies within the Austrian system of education
Austria approximately every tenth general higher secondary leaving exam
(= Matura) is taken in second chance education (evening classes, add-on
courses, external ex-ami-nations, university admission exams, vocational
final exams for university admission). From these ten percent another ten
percent are taken at the WIFI Academies, which means that one percent of
all matriculation examinations of one year are passed at WIFI Academies.
It may therefore be inferred that WIFI Academies have been well accepted
as a further alternative of the educational system and will also be accepted
in future (the number of graduates has been a regular 300 per year), but
this new way of educa-tion has not yet influenced the Austrian educational
system as a whole to a great extent and has not caused an eminent change
in the mainstreaming towards the particular ways of education - quite contrary
to most other INTEQUAL models.
Further education of skilled workers in the framework of the WIFI Academies in comparison to all other models (except Bac Pro) is a model of advanced training and not of primary education. In spite of various possibilities of double qualification of skilled workers in the European countries, results show a way for comparison by trying to see the par-ticular model in the context of all the others. The aim cannot be an equalization of all systems. The Austrian position, that the dual system of apprenticeship as an initial train-ing for skilled workers has many advantages but teaches only technical knowledge, is verified. Further general knowledge is frequently imparted in another context or in the framework of measures for advanced training. Proposals for a parallel imparting of both technical and general contents may be found in the German and Dutch models and possibly also in the British scheme. First steps in this direction have been taken in Aus-tria this autumn by introducing a vocational matriculation examination.
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