Practical Training in the Degree Programme in Tourism
The aim of practical training is to provide an opportunity for students to get to know the most important tasks of their field of study under supervision and to apply their knowledge and skills in working life.
The aim of the practical training period is to support
- development of knowledge
- the development of practical skills required at work
- the development of personal skills.
From an employer’s point of view, practical training provides an excellent basis for future recruitment activities. The trainee will also bring new opinions and knowledge to the work place and will also help to spread the workload.
Practical training forms a part of all University of Applied Sciences degrees. It is a study period or course amongst other courses so previous work experience is not considered a valid reason for not completing the training period and cannot be accredited. Naturally, previous work experience and summer jobs provide valuable work experience in themselves, but they are considered separately and are not included in the university of applied sciences degree qualification.
In normal circumstances students accomplish their practical training in the third year of their studies. It is normally an uninterrupted period of training. Before students can start their training period, they must complete their basic studies and a sufficient amount of other appropriate courses.
The Practical Training Place and Work Duties
Practical training can be accomplished either at home or abroad in a working environment relevant to the field of studies. Practical training can take place in companies, public organisations or other suitable organisations such as clubs and associations.
Trainees have the right to expect a variety of work duties that support their degree programme studies. The training period should become more challenging and demanding as it progresses. The practical training period should also support the needs of employers.
It is natural and recommended that trainees follow-up their practical training period by basing their theses on the developmental needs of the practical training organisation.
Practical training is always supervised. Practical training supervision is part of the university’s student supervision process that is ongoing for all students during the whole of their studies at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. The aim of practical training supervision is to advance and support students’ learning and professional development.