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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


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    Article: Worker / Trainee / Student’s Logbook last changed on 28.09.2010 16:29 by Passant Sobhy
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