Title New competences for VET professionals to shift to using learning outcome contracts and on-Line Learning Management Systems
Project Number 2012-1-IE1-LEO05-04713
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text A number of current and future challenges in the Vocational Educational & Training (VET) sector across Europe are outlined in the EU Commission document "A new impetus for European cooperation in VET to support the Europe 2020 strategy" highlighting the importance of aspects such as attractiveness, quality and performance. The role of individual VET institution managers and their professional staff will be crucial in formulating and implementing fit-for-purpose responses to systemic sectoral changes such as the shift to learning outcomes and competence-based systems and the growing focus on the validation of prior learning. Despite the high number of papers and proposals calling for change in the VET sector, a key problem is that there is no simple guide for beginning such change.
This pilot project resulted in the formulation of the implementation of a set of development best-practices (three core elements) in each partner organisation, enabling them, in turn, to document and report on the effectiveness of this transformation. The result is a 'process map' for the implementation of pedagogical systems of truly world-class standard across the VET sector.
In 1999, as a result of the Bologna Declaration, those involved in the European Higher Education area had to respond to very similar challenges to those which the VET sector now faces. Engineers Ireland (which is responsible for the accreditation of all engineers certificates, diplomas and degree programmes in all Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology) proved highly responsive to the challenges of the Bologna process. As a result, Engineers Ireland is recognised as a pioneer in bringing about world-class pedagogical systems and processes, so much so that the organisation is a key signatory of the Washington Accord (http://www.washingtonaccord.org/), the main international accord for the mutual recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence. Engineers Ireland has chosen a selection of European partners for this project, to ensure a range of experience, the ability to partake and benefit from the project and, in particular, the ability to widely disseminate the results of the project itself.
In October 2012, Engineers Ireland, in partnership with leading VET Training centres from around Europe, undertook a two year project to implement a workable guide for the transfer of quality development systems from the higher education sector to VET centres and staff across Europe.
Funding for the project was provided as part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, under the Leonardo da Vinci scheme which focuses on education and training.
Alongside Engineers Ireland, partnering in the best-practice sharing project were the Louth and Meath Educational Training Board (Ireland), INOVINTER – Vocational Training and Technological Innovation Centre (Portugal), the Spanish Confederation of Training Centres (Spain), Euroform RFS (Italy) and Norton Radstock College (UK).
The project, which commenced in October 2012 and ended in September 2014, looked to implement a set of development best-practices in each partner organisation, enabling them in turn, to document and report on the effectiveness of this transformation.
By the end of the project each project partner was equipped for the implementation of a mentoring system, a system of learning contracts and an on-line learning management system in their respective institutions.
Open and distance learning
Product information A workable guide for the transfer of quality development systems from the higher education sector to VET centres/staff.