N.E.T.Work – ECVET system for No borders in tourism hospitality European Training and WORK

The EU-centralised project was coordinated by CST Assisi – The Italian Centre for Advanced Studies in Tourism and in Tourist Promotion and lasted from 2008 until 2011.
The aim of the project was to test if the specific pathways within the qualification systems of each participating country (IT, FR, PT, SI) are ‘ECVET ready’. For this purpose the project partners selected a professional profile which would be quite common in all tourism and hospitality sectors of the partner countries, namely the receptionist’s profile.
For the testing phase the partners agreed on a common descriptive matrix, on learning outcomes descriptors and on common units.
To develop the units of learning outcomes, the following steps were taken:
• Description and selection of the job profiles to be tested by N.E.T.WORK
• Setting up of a transnational comparative matrix offering an analytical description of the national training pathway corresponding to the qualification of the selected job profiles
• Analysis of common activities of training pathways in terms of knowledge, skills and competences
• Development of operational guidelines for the construction of units of learning outcomes.

The target group comprises all bodies involved in training paths and mobility within the tourism industry, people and institutions involved in the definition of national and community training policies, training agencies, trade unions as well as employer’s associations.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


EURO TRANS LOG – Job profiles for the Transport and Logisitics sector

The project EURO TRANS LOG was led by the French organisation AFT – Association for the Develop-ment of Vocational Training in the Transport Industry and lasted from 2008 until 2010. During these years the 12 partners from 8 countries (BE, DE, ES, FR, HU, IT, RO, UK) aimed at developing common references for vocational training on EQF level 5 in the Transport and Logistics sector, supporting in this way the realization of mobilities of learner and workers in these vocational fields.

As a main result the project partners published a guide containing the following documents and in-formation:
• The job profile
• A professional activities reference scheme
• A Learning Outcomes reference scheme
• Training centres presentation forms
• Quality charters for training centres
• Quality charters for companies
• Learning Agreements
• Financial resources for mobility.

The professional activities reference scheme is based on the job profile for the sector of Transport and Logistics and comprises 4 main activities each consisting of 1 to 4 side activities. These side activities each contain between 1 and 5 tasks. This references scheme shall support employers’ federations, transport firms, education department, organisations as well as training providers setting up frameworks for qualifications and vocational training.
Among the other developed products is a “Quality Charter for Training Centres”, which is a form de-fining the obligations and quality standards for training centres in the home country and in the host country. It describes the commitment of the training centre for respecting, welcoming and training criteria, such as transparency concerning the training programmes or a description of the quality management in use. Thus the charter can enhance mutual trust in assuring quality of training period abroad.

The target groups for the products described in the guide are:
• Institutions and firms setting up frameworks for qualifications and vocational training
• Training providers and centres in the fields of Transport and Logistics

The guide can be downloaded here.

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INTENT – Competences for International Entrepreneurship

The “Transfer of Innovation” project INTENT was coordinated by the Dutch Kenniscentrum Handel, an organisation establishing qualifications (diploma requirements) for professions in the Trade and MITT industry (Fashion, Interior, Carpets and Textile industry).
The aims of the project, which lasted from 2007 until 2009, were to answer the needs for competences for international entrepreneurship against the background that in many existing vocational training programmes the relative proportion of international experience is rather small.
The project contributed to the acquisition of these competences by creating
• A competence profile for an international entrepreneur, focused on intercultural intelligence
• A training programme and assessment standards on intercultural intelligence
• Guidelines for work placements of mobility periods abroad
• Portfolio of international entrepreneurship competences.

Before creating the competence profile and the training unit the project partners interviewed several small and large sized companies to gain information on their experiences and expectations on inter-national entrepreneurial competences.
The development of an ECVET-proof unit profile was based on the results of the COMINTER project, the profile itself being described in terms of learning outcomes (LOs) and knowledge, skills and com-petences. It provides transparent descriptions of LOs for “International Entrepreneurship” and can be used in different sectors and in different countries.
The training programme INTENT which was developed on the basis of the unit profile “International Entrepreneurship” contains 5 different sub-modules each described again in LOs. Since it was designed to be used in different contexts, it can either stand/be offered as an independent training module or as an integral part of existing qualifications in different sectors, such as international trade or the service sector.

The tools and instruments of the project were developed for training providers, individuals and em-ployers to improve their competences in international entrepreneurship.

Find more information on the project website.
Interesting results and products can be found here.


The M.O.T.O. Model – The Model of Transferability of Learning Outcomes Units among different ECVET systems

The M.O.T.O. project led by ISFOL, the Italian National Agency for the LLP Programmes, was one of the ECVET Pilot Projects of the first generation and focused on the transferability of units of learning outcomes in the tourism and catering sector.

During the three years (2009 – 2011) the partners developed tools and approaches to facilitate geographical mobility in the aforesaid sector. To ensure the usability of its products and to further improve them mobility projects were carried out involving VET providers, students and apprentices from the partner countries (AT, FI, IS, IT).

The information presented in the M.O.T.O. Model follows the four phases of an international VET placement. It includes the preliminary phase, the preparation, the implementation and the final phase. During the project the partners developed:

  • A grid for analyzing qualifications (including guidelines)
  • A proposed MoU structure and examples
  • A Learning Agreement (proposed structure) and examples (including assessment sheets)
  • An experience example for the validation and recognition of learning outcomes.

Since the tools had been tested, the experiences of the testing phase were used to draw conclusions and illustrate lessons learned.

The M.O.T.O. grid template describes the core work processes or core activity areas (units) and the learning outcomes which reflect the work processes. It helps to identify common and different parts or elements of a qualification and thus provides a basis for identifying relevant learning outcomes that could be acquired during a placement abroad.

The guidelines accompanying the grid template concern the units of learning outcomes as used in national qualification descriptions, the identification of “core work processes” or “core activity areas”, the description of learning outcomes and the allocation of ECVET points to qualifications and units.

The grid and the guidelines address competent bodies interested in analyzing qualifications and identifying relevant learning outcomes to improve mobility processes.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


Highlight the competences – ECVET in the Services Sector

From 2007 to 2009 the Italian organization “Aris Formazione e Ricerca Società Cooperativa”, a training and research agency of LEGACOOP Umbria, coordinated the project “Highlight the competences”, which aimed at the organization and realization of the four steps of the ECVET process within the field of the cleaning and logistics services.

For this purpose several products have been developed:

  • A set of standards for the professional profile of “Site Supervisor in the Cleaning Services” and definition of “areas of certification”
  • Memorandum of Understanding (including guidelines)
  • Learning Agreement.

The definition of vocational profiles, key activities, activities, tasks and units of learning outcomes was the first step of the development of the professional profile of the “Site Supervisor in the Cleaning Services”. There are 5 main activities connected with 19 tasks and 90 competences. Each task is related to one of the 5 main activities.

As the next steps 7 “areas of certification” with “certification objectives” were defined and ECVET points were allocated.

With the professional profile the transfer, recognition and validation of competences will be facilitated, and it can be used as an instrument for combining and accumulating learning outcomes achieved in different learning contexts.

The target groups of the products comprise competent bodies, employers, recruiters, employees, ministries, agencies, social partners, chambers, non-governmental organisations and providers of vocational training.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


SME Master Plus – ECVET within the master craftperson qualification

The EU-centralised project ran from 2009 until February 2012 and was coordinated by the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts. It built on the outcomes of the previous project SME MASTER focusing on the qualifications of baker, joiner (cabinetmaker), florist, and hairdresser.

The aim of the project was to test and implement ECVET within the framework of training for master craftspeople thus enhancing the transparency in the context of master craftsperson qualification in skilled crafts and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Among the main results are the ECVET toolboxes which were developed for each of the qualifications. Such a toolbox contains the following components:

  • Learning outcome matrix
  • Templates for supporting documents (MoU, Learning Agreement, Personal Transcript)
  • Mobility checklist.

The ECVET toolboxes shall support training providers and competent institutions

  • in the adoption and practical implementation of ECVET
  • in facilitating mutual recognition of individually acquired learning achievements
  • in increasing the mobility rate of learners
  • in strengthening cooperation and international partnership on the basis of mutual trust
  • in contributing to the concept of lifelong learning.

The master baker qualification was the first one for which the toolbox has been developed. Its methodology and approach was then transferred to the other sectors. This proofs that the toolbox methodology of the SME MASTER Plus can also be transferred to other VET sectors. The feasibility of the toolboxes has been tested in several mobility exchanges, its feedback being largely positive, especially with regard to the learning outcomes matrices and the MoU.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


Lessons from the first generation of ECVET pilot projects now available

A brochure with an overview on the first ECVET pilot projects results has been published. The brochure contains a synoptic article on solutions developed regarding the technical specifications of ECVET. It also contains a short portrait about the approaches and outcomes of each of the eleven projects.


Development of a Vocational Transfer System – VQTS/VQTS II

The projects VQTS and VQTS II were coordinated by 3s, an Austrian research laboratory. In the fields of “Mechanical Engineering” and “Electronics/Electrical Engineering” they aimed at creating a systematic procedure to ensure international transfer of vocational qualifications. The first project developed a model for a structured description of work-related competences, consisting of the Competence Matrix, Competence Profiles and Competence Profile Certificates. It describes competences and their development based on empirical investigations of work-related competences within a specific occupational field. The second project sought to further develop the principles and methods for the design of the Competence Matrix.

The Competence Matrix contains work-related competence descriptions and the progress of competence development and can be used for those purposes where the transparency of competence profiles is very important, f. example for the transfer of vocational competences acquired abroad or for the transfer and recognition of competences acquired within the official VET system as well as for competences achieved through non-formal or formal learning.

It is possible to develop a Competence Matrix for different sectors or occupational fields. For example, the VQTS model has already been transferred among others to the field of tourism (ECVET-Tour: AT) or bakery (SME Master: DE).

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


KO-Transfer – ECVET in the energy-saving construction sector

The KO-Transfer project was coordinated by BGZ, Berlin International Cooperation Agency and lasted from 2008 to 2010. The aim of the project was to improve transparency, comparability and cross-border recognition of construction-related qualifications.

The project activities comprised the development of competence standards (including learning outcome descriptions) and competence matrices for the following professions

  • Carpenter
  • Energy consultant
  • Technical assistant for data processing in construction.

Additionally a first draft for a model certificate was developed. It was designed as a supplement to the actual certificate and includes the respective competence standards, thus providing a documentation of the acquired competences.

The competence matrices display the competence area, the respective competence standards, and the training years. The matrices also include a reference to the respective EQF and NQF level. The learning outcomes descriptions are included in the competence standards, with one separate document for each competence standard. The competence matrices can facilitate the comparison of qualifications from different countries, which might also prove helpful when looking for suitable partners in mobility projects. It can help training providers from different countries to communicate the competence profile of their own training offers in a transparent way, to better understand other providers’ training offers, subsequently identify any similarities/overlapping, and create mutual trust among partners.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


Learning abroad during your vocational training: The story of Yvonne

Training periods abroad improve your language and professional skills and boost your personal competences.

Yvonne went on two transnational mobility periods to Denmark and to Finland during her training in the field of mechatronics.

See how Yvonne did it. Find out more about the MOVET project.


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