Title Sector Skills Alliances – Tourism and Catering
Project Number EAC-2012-0634
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The European Commission Lifelong Learning Programmes such as Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig, Transversal and Erasmus are being succeeded from 2014 by the proposal for ‘Erasmus for All’. This will cover all the actions under a single umbrella of ‘Erasmus for All’. In the light of this, European Commission allocated 2.5 million Euros in 2012 to pilot FOUR projects before launching the new proposal. The bids were invited and approved in the following disciplines: automotive industry,
health and social work, energy saving including sustainable construction, tourism and catering.
Today shortages of vocational skills have become a serious problem in many economic sectors. Consequently, Europe has to better match demand for and supply of skills.
This pilot projects on Sector Skills Alliances(SSA) specifically for Tourism and Catering aims at gaining experience of transnational partnerships which address the challenges of skills mismatches and shortages. The results will feed into European and national policy making will also boost VET policy and strategy in the economic sectors concerned.
In addition, there will be a NEW qualification produced for the Tourism and Catering Sector at EQF Level 4 / Level 5 to combat the above challenges.
The overall aim of SSA-TC project is to develop and design an innovative, mutually recognisable and transparent curriculum / qualification based on ECVET principles at EQF level 4 which will meet the specific needs of tourism and catering industry in Europe, at present and in the future.
1. Evaluate the skill needs, skill gaps, skill shortages and skill mismatches in the tourism and catering industry across Europe. This will be addressed by using Empirical and Field Research by the project partners focussing of main stakeholders comprising large, medium and small enterprises.
2. Examine and analyse the curriculum or qualifications being offered at present by the educational and training institutions amongst the project partner countries. In addition, the level of qualification, pedagogy styles, assessment strategy being used in delivering vocational training.
3. Compare the results of skill needs / skill shortages and curriculum analysis to identify the similarities and any major gaps in curriculum observed during the study.
4. Identify the best practices observed during the research survey being carried out. Such as, curriculum content, teaching methodologies, learning styles, assessment strategies.
5. Develop and design a new curriculum / qualification. It is vital that this new curriculum / qualification being offered is at a minimum EQF level to provide high level skills required by the tourism and catering industry.
6. Design a website for SSA-TC and an e-learning platform as an on-line learning resource which will have the new curriculum / qualifications with comprehensive learning content in the form of text, pictures, powerpoint presentations, videos and an on-line assessment strategy. The objective is to offer an on-line qualification which allows a flexible learning at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year also suitable for learners already in employment.
7. Pilot and test the qualification produced at the selected project partners institutions to obtain feedback from learners and tutors.
8. Evaluate the results of pilot conducted as regards to the suitability of learning contents, assessment process and any other observations.
9. Modify any weaknesses and improve the performance of on-line learning platform to satisfy the needs of learners and other stakeholders especially the tourism and catering industry.
10. Produce SSA-TC qualification handbook and DVD.
11. Compile a strategy paper to inform all the interested stakeholders and the EU policy makers about the final outcomes of SSA-TC project. This paper will highlight recommendations for Initial and Continuous Vocational Education and Training in the tourism and catering industry in Europe.
12. Organise a final conference and a dissemination event for the main stakeholders of the tourism and catering industry. This will be supplemented by the website, e-mail pool and publishing articles.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
transparency and certification
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
1. State of the Art Report - Tourism and Catering describing Training and Skills need analysis.
2. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - Handbook.
3. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - DVD.
4. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - New Qualification (EQF Level 4 / Level 5).
5. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - Strategy Paper.
6. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - Website.
7. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - Newsletter.
8. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - Flyers.
9. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - Posters.
10. Sector Skills Alliances Tourism and Catering - Final Conference.