Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Tourism is one of the key sectors of European economy. It generates more than 5% of the EU GDP with around 1.8 millions enterprises employing 5.2 % of the total labour force (around 10 millions jobs). The Lisbon treaty acknowledges the importance of tourism outlining specific competence of the European Union in this field.
There are 3 channels to train professionals: 1/ Classic ICT training plus tourism specific trainings 2/ Tourism trainings with specialisation with ICT 3/ Specific e-tourism trainings. Those 3 different approaches are mainly based on national qualification frameworks. Promoting mobility for professionals in the different EU countries is an objective of European policy. Due to the different approaches and lack of common framework this objective is difficult to reach. e-Tourism Framework Project will set up a common framework to face this situation.
Summary The e-Tourism Framework (e-TF) will be derived from e-Competence Framework (eCF) issued by the European Committee for Normalisation (CEN/ISSS) by adaptation from European Qualification Framework (EQF) . The e-TF will be issued according to the methodology developed by the EQF Code project to adapt eCF to Internet jobs. EQF Code was highly evaluated by the German Leonardo Agency who invited the team to extend EQF Code to other job sectors. Furthermore the e-TF project will set up a quality label of excellence for training organisations, which are in accordance with job market needs.
The e-TF project will address the shortage of skilled professionals in the e-tourism field due to its recent and fast growing emergence. It will analyse the market needs, the existing trainings available for the different components and competences and define a professional standard in the participating European countries. To make qualifications and profiles more transparent, it will refer the identified skills and competences to the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and to the e-Competence Framework (e-CF).
This approach leads to a better transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualifications through a transparent and adapted to market needs professional model. This will lead to improve and develop mobility of professionals across Europe. This will also support the development of e-tourism across Europe and will give to all countries a concrete and tested model to train professionals.
e-TF project will also focus on needs for SME which are often forgotten and where needs are different from the larger organisations : e-tourism competencies for a golf or an hotel are mainly different from large flights or hotel rooms brokers
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
description of new occupation profiles
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification
Since the objective of the project is to increase the transparency and comparability of qualifications at European level in order to improve the mobility of professionals working in the field of e-Tourism, the project partnership will determine ideal European Specialist Profiles for these professions based on the European education frameworks as the EQF (European Qualification Framework), and e-CF (e-Competence Framework).
Additionally, the e-TF partnership will develop Training Guidelines for VET providers, employers and potential employees of the e-Tourism field. The guidelines will summarise the various profiles that have been determined in the course of the project, inform on their qualification in reference to e-CF and EQF and will list and describe the European Specialist profiles that have been also defined