Title Train-Com: Developing Training Competence in IVET by Using Units of Learning Outcomes
Project Number DE/13/LLP-LdV/TOI/147605
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The requirements for trainers, teachers and examiners in the field of VET to provide high quality work-based training and to achieve a stronger focus on labour-market relevant competencies often leads to some practical problems: How should this be done? Good examples and practical tools are rare.
With the multilingual web-based information and learning platform www.train-com.de practice oriented suggestions are given how a more work-based VET can be made across national borders and education systems.
For this purpose, the TrainCom-consortium of research institutions and VET-providers from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy under the aegis of the German Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (f-bb) [Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung] has collected examples of good practices of competence-oriented VET and prepared them for the target group (www.train-com.de).
Summary The transfer and implementation of VET-policy guidelines from the European level all to way to VET practice requires targeted operationalisation involving the relevant local stakeholders. In an effort to identify the various developments in and approaches to competence-oriented VET in Europe and make them available to the training and teaching staff in business enterprises and educational institutions, the Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung [Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training] (f-bb), in collaboration with five partner institutions hailing from Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Italy, have collected good-practice examples of VET and compiled these examples in a multilingual, internet-based information and learning platform entitled www.train-com.de. The big advantage of internet-based learning platforms is that they can be integrated with comparative ease in situational learning and learning integral to work and business processes. The implementation of competence-based VET requires competences and a sensitive, qualified staff. Moreover, it implies a strict and structured relationship between training developed at the workplace, and basic skills and theoretical knowledge focused by VET schools. The TrainCom Learning Platform has been conceived and designed first of all to provide a common basis of discussion and learning for all the relevant actors in the field of VET. It aims at making them sensitive on the issues related to competence orientation. Moreover, it is addressed to in-company trainers, in order to make them aware of specific abilities needed for acting as coaches and facilitators.
The TrainCom Information and Learning Platform (www.train-com.de) provides information and inspiration to teachers, trainers and assessors in VET who are engaged in developing or redesigning programmes with a view to (a stronger) competence orientation. It has been developed within the European project TrainCom between partners from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom drawing on the expertise of two major automotive enterprises (Audi, Brose). The learning platform covers five phases of competence-based training. Each topic provides detailed information on the practical implementation supported by useful instruments and examples of good practice. The project TrainCom was realised in three phases:
(1) As a first step, the “Peer Review in European VET” method was used to achieve structured European Peer Learning. The results of this phase were summarized in peer review reports and country reports. In Germany, the Peer Review was conducted at Audi in Ingolstadt.
(2) During the second phase, a multilingual internet-based learning programme based on the information collected was developed, tested and evaluated for the training and teaching staff in VET.
(3) During the third phase, the results of the TrainCom Project were presented at a conference held in July 2015 at the premises of the company Brose in Coburg.
The key project results are available to a broader audience in the final publication and on the project’s homepage at www.train-com.de.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The following core products was worked out during the project (selection):
1. A multilingual internet-based information and learning platform for trainers and teachers in VET including an accompanying guideline for using the platform: www.train-com.de
2. Quality criteria and quality standards concerning a competence-based VET and assessment.
3. Country reports referring to the status of learning outcome orientation in the involved countries.
4. Peer Review reports in order to describe particular aspects of competence-orientation in VET.
5. Final conference in July 2015 in Coburg
6. Final publication published in a printed (German) and online-version (English).