Worker / Trainee / Student’s Logbook
Purpose of a Worker / Trainee / Student’s Logbook
In recent UNESCO-UNEVOC e-Forum threads, few of our colleagues discussed
enquired about the importance of the “Logbook” used by a Worker (under
development-developee) / Trainee / Student in an Enterprise / TVET
Institute-Centre / TVET School and it may be beneficiary if I contribute to this essential document used in Training Industry by highlighting the following:
In general, “Logbooks” contribute to the effectiveness of TVET for
particular Workers Trainees / Students by:
- Providing the Worker / Trainee / Student with a reference book of "Evidences" of theoretical and practical experiences gained during his / her Career Development, Off-the-Job Training and On the-Job Training OJT in the Enterprise / TVET Institute-Centre / TVET School .
- Prompting the Worker / Trainee / Student through report writing to identify and describe the elements and tasks contained in his/her Competency Development Framework CDF in a logical and concise manner.
- Providing an essential mean for assessing and reviewing the progress of the Worker / Trainee / Student, identifying the competencies acquired and if further training / re-training are required.
Responsibilities of the Worker / Trainee / Student
The Worker under Development / Trainee / Student is responsible for ensuring that:
- The logbook or a supplementary notebook is always available at the place of learning / work.
- Written notes are clear and legible.
- Regular entries are maintained.
- Entries are made at least once every week.
Monitoring and Evaluation M&E of the Logbook
The Log Book is submitted for examination and a signature obtained from the
First Line Supervisor / Trainer or Instructor / Teacher responsible for the
Learning, Training & Development of the Worker / Trainee / Student in an
Enterprise / TVET Institute-Centre / TVET School. The Logbook should be
submitted by the Worker / Trainee / Student to the First Line Supervisor /
Trainer or Instructor / Teacher on a weekly basis for checking, counselling, advice & signature.
Guidelines for Workers / Trainees / Students
The following guidelines may be useful to the Worker / Trainee / Student in
writing his / her logbook.
- It may be useful for the Worker / Trainee / Student to maintain a separate
pocket notebook for day-to-day purposes and from which he / she may draw material for the logbook.
- The Worker / Trainee / Student should write his / her log book notes frequently and not less than once every week.
- The Worker / Trainee / Student’s logbook should not be a diary of work done, but a neatly presented notebook explaining and describing concisely each training exercise, task or study topic, which the Worker / Trainee / Student undertake.
- The Worker / Trainee / Student should include in the logbook constructive appraisal of the methods, equipment, materials, process, etc.applied or used in the class or at work location
- If the Worker / Trainee / Student have access to a Word Processor,he /she may wish to take the opportunity to prepare material on screen and practice the keyboard skills at the same time.
- Sketches and drawings should be used to help and assist in learning and
recalling and they should be included with the written material.
- Adequate reference should be made to textbooks, manuals, lecture notes,
- Additional data sheets may be included within the logbook.
- The Worker / Trainee / Student could include brief details of technical materials obtained from library facilities and attendance at scientific and technical meetings.
- Pages of the logbook should be numbered and an index compiled.
- In certain stages of training, it may be valuable for the Worker / Trainee
/ Student to prepare and include a brief note in his / her log book to identify what has been learnt, for discussion with the First Line Supervisor / Trainer or Instructor / Teacher. This is particularly appropriate when a project has been undertaken or when the Worker /Trainee / Student are preparing for a meeting to discuss & review his / her development and progress.
Original article submitted by Eng. Moustafa Mohamed Moustafa Wahba
Competency Assurance & TVET Consultant