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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,
papers, etc.

  • 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

page date 2010-09-28

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