Title Regional transfer and integration of VET practices on sustainable development
Project Number 2013-1-HR1-LEO05-03050
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
REThINK project was financed by the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation programme and has been carried out by the partners from Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Poland and Slovakia.
Project REThINK developed a training product and methodology for integration of sustainable regional development into a VET training practices on national and international level. The project also developed the competence matrix for regional development manager, regional development assistant and as management assistant.
The project introduced e-learning into the VET practices on regional development. This helped to increase the participation level and adoption of skills and knowledge used by regional development stakeholders while planning and implementing development activities in their region.
The project tackled two main problems:
1. Lack of knowledge and skills of regional development stakeholders in managing regional development - although different strategies and programmes contributed to increased capacity of regional development stakeholders, there is still a need for structured VET programmes on regional development.
2. Lack of training opportunities for regional development stakeholders – existing traditional VET programmes do not satisfy the needs of regional development stakeholders, so it is necessary to transfer innovative results from projects focusing on regional development and combine them into 1 VET programme.
The overall aim was "to encourage the exploitation of existing VET innovations in the field of sustainable regional development and to make VET more open and relevant to the needs of labour market and society at large" – project will contribute to increased number of VET programmes on regional development and increased capacity of regional development stakeholders to plan and implement development actions. The project objective was "to support trainers for regional development stakeholders in acquisition of key competences and pedagogical skills via the transfer and testing of proven VET programmes in the field of sustainable regional development“. The project consortium was composed of partners directly engaged in regional development and implementation of various training events. AZRA acted as the Applicant coordinator and participated in all project activities, providing its experience and knowledge. The croatian partners supported the implementation of activities, especially in providing information regarding the needs analysis and organisation of the train-the-trainer programme. The partners from Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia provided their knowledge, experience, skills and transfer the innovations into this project.
The project focus was on a competitive work field (regional development) that has not been previously covered in existing curricula. The projects results tried to ensure that the VET system matched the needs of the labor market and provided citizens with skills and knowledge to exploit new career opportunities.
The project’s aim was to support the trainers for regional development stakeholders in acquisition of key competences and pedagogical skills via the transfer and testing of proven VET programmes in the field of sustainable regional development. The needs analysis has shown that regional development stakeholders were lacking the knowledge and skills in managing regional development in line with EU policies and practices. They also didn’t have training opportunities in order to reduce the gap between current and needed knowledge and skill levels.
The train-the-trainer programme on sustainable regional development was based on results of projects BILLARD, IKARUS, New quality of the vocational training in Kujawsko – Pomorskie Region and SMEs Go Online. These projects were best practices in regional development training in Europe.
By transferring, testing and integrating results of these projects into the VET training practices, regional development stakeholders should’ve had the improved capacities to plan, implement and evaluate regional development actions, as well as to implement similar training for various regional development stakeholders.
The work plan of this project was structured in 6 interconnected phases:
#1 – Defining of regional development stakeholders have been defined
#2 - Project partners were using the training programmes and approaches from the projects BILLARD, IKARUS, New quality of the vocational training in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region and SMEs Go Online. Based on those training programmes, project partners developed the basis for train-the-trainer programme on sustainable regional development.
#3 – The project partners created the methodology document on the implementation of the train-the-trainer programme for sustainable regional development. The project partners used the results of previous two phases.
#4 - The testing phase was implemented in the phases – the train-the-trainer programme and the pilot cycles.
#5 – The evaluation of the completed train-the-training
#6 - The project partners were working on IPR rights and the potential national and international accreditation processes.
Throughout the whole project implementation period, project partners have jointly implemented dissemination activities in order to increase the visibility of the project and the recognition of VET on regional development among interested stakeholders.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Information and Communication
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
The following main products have been delivered during the project implementation phase:
- Situation and comparison analysis document on the needs of regional development stakeholders
- Competence matrix for regional development manager, regional development assistant and management assistant
- Train-the-trainer curricula on sustainable regional development
- Methodology document on the implementation of the train-the-trainer programme on sustainable regional development
- ICT platform for e-learning including e-learning materials on sustainable regional development