For over seven years now CapCloud delivers the online portfolioplatform for trainees of the City of Rotterdam. Recently, two more traineeprograms have joined: the G4 traineeship (Hollands four biggest cities), and the MRA (Metropolitan area Amsterdam) traineeship.
Traineeships – working and learning at the same time
Traineeships are programs offered by companies or governmental agencies, combining work experience and training for young people with a University or college degree. During these two years the trainees get to work in three or four assignments in different departments of the organization. At the same time they follow an educational program to learn more about the organization and its challenges, as well as trainings and coaching directed towards their personal development.
Program management, digital portfolios, and an online community
CapCloud offers these traineeships an online environment where trainees can find up to date training information, assignments and reports, and can communicate with trainers. Even more important is the possibility for trainees to create and build their own portfolio with proof of their development process during the two year period. On their portfoliopage trainees formulate their learning goals, reflect on their progress, ask feedback, post reports of their appraisals, etc.
By means of this online portfolio the trainees’ mentors, coaches and managers can easily track the trainees’ development and products. No more rummaging through paper or mail archives to find the right documents: ownership lies with the trainee to have everything up to date and accessible. The mentor, manager or coach can post feedback on the trainees portfolio.
Organizations make different choices in which CapCloud functionalities it uses, depending on their educational philosophy. One program chooses to let trainees share their portfolio’s with each other, thus stimulating them to inspire each other with regards to learning goals and activities. In other organizations permission to visit a portfolio is confined to the personal mentor.
Finally trainees use CapCloud for sharing information and photo’s amongst each other. Networking and knowledge management through CapCloud is also an option now that within the City of Rotterdam trainees of 11 groups are member of the trainee platform. Each trainee has a ‘public’ profile and thus they can find each other with the search option when looking for a certain expertise or experience.
Inge Hoogerheiden, trainer for trainees of the City of Rotterdam:
“As a trainer I use CapCloud to communicate with the group about our training seminars, their development, and the asssignments between seminars. I keep them posted via the blog, and they contact me. The trainees upload reports and photos of our seminars, resulting in a comprehensive archive of all of our training days."
Anita Meijs, program manager of the City of Rotterdam traineeship:
“In Rotterdam we missed a central place where trainees could maintain their portfolio’s for themselves ánd for the coaches. This is where CapCloud came in. Gradually it evolved to a space where trainers and trainees share information about the training seminars. And for our program management it is very practical that we can share our news on one central spot to which where all trainee groups have access.”
An example to follow?
The way traineeships use CapCloud to facilitate participants and program managers is of course relevant to any educational program that has a longer runtime, that wants to keep track of individual learning progress whilst stimulating ownership of participants.
Furthermore training bureaus can add on other CapCloud functionalities such as e-learnings, administering permanent education credits, and the appraisal of competencies.
More information: Corinna Volckmar, 06-28 660 540 of firstname.lastname@example.org