Craft chambers are supervising the learning process. Together with Polish Craft Association they develop standards and requirements for journeyman and craftmaster examinations. They are also invited by ORE (Centre of Education’s Development) to support VET curricula development, including those used in apprenticeship programmes.
They can initiate development of new specialties with their curricula and examination standards. They are members of the newly created sectorial councils and the Programme Council for Competencies (rady sektorowe I Rada Programowa ds Kompetencji).
Social partners have the right to draft opinions on developed proposals regarding the apprenticeship system. Those opinions can be in written or presented also at the forum of Social Dialogue Council (RDS). Members of those organizations can be nominated for members of other competent bodies (like sectorial councils, etc.). In Poland there are five employer representatives (LEWIATAN, ZRP, BCC, Pracodawcy RP I ZPP) and three trade unions (Solidarnosc, FZZ, OPZZ).
Both employers and employees’ representatives are members of the newly created sectorial councils and the Programme Council for Competencies (rady sektorowe i Rada Programowa ds Kompetencji).
They are also involved by ORE in the process of designing curricula, and they can also disseminate opinions on the developed curricula.
For apprenticeships, an employer may submit to the principal of the school requests regarding the curriculum content, in terms of practical work that should be carried its premises.
If an employer is an organiser of an apprenticeship, it is obliged to prepare an education programme (usually uses programmes made by crafts for their members) together with school’s principal, that builds on the relevant programme basis (see Q20, Q35).
The interim and annual (semester) assessments of practical activities organized at the workplace are set by the apprenticeship instructor.
Employers must issue a certificate that the students completed their practical activities and followed a training programme. Without this certificate it is not possible for students to participate in the corresponding exam.