Definition: Education or training combining periods in an educational institution or training centre and in the workplace. The alternance scheme can take place on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. Depending on the country and applicable status, participants may be contractually linked to the employer and/or receive a remuneration.
Comment: the German ‘dual system’ is an example of alternance training.
Source: based on Cedefop, 2004.
Source: Terminology of European education and training policy: a selection of 100 key terms. CEDEFOP Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008.