Title ACT: Agricultural Alliance for Competence and Skills based Training
Project Number 540426-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The ACT project will contribute to reduce the mismatch between new jobs and existing skills in the agricultural sector and to improve the agricultural curriculum design and delivery by innovative VET services and broad dissemination throughout whole Europe.
ACT expects to increase the number of upskilled employees in the agricultural sector and aims at providing innovative instruments and modulised trainings based on EQF and ECVET by its strong Agricultural Alliance for Competence and Skills based Training.
The motivation behind the Agricultural Alliance for Competence and Skills based Training (ACT) project is to respond to the demand for qualified employees for the agricultural sector facing environmental (Climate change and biodiversity loss), economic and territorial challenges, as well as EU directive reforms (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)).
The ACT project will address the challenges encountered of the agricultural sector taking into account the promising results of recent researches and projects.
Furthermore, the ACT project addresses the main object of the ET 2020 Work Programme: "Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality". Within this framework the continuous development and management of knowledge, skills and competences at the individual and organizational levels is clearly set as a priority and challenge for the EU and member states, education and training providers, companies, workers and learners.
The “Agricultural Alliance for Competence and Skills based Training” project (ACT) aims to facilitate and accelerate a better match between the needs of the agricultural labour market and the vocational educational training opportunities
ACT will reach this aim by engaging core actors from the complementary fields (VET, labour market and policy) in a constant and constitutive dialogue with the following more specific objectives:
First, to create a shared awareness of emerging job profiles and existing gaps of skills and competences in the current work force.
Second, to create and improve a framework “Pathways for Agricultural Competence and skills based Training” (PACT) based on EQF and ECVET, which will allow to share definitions among the different actors involved, i.e. agricultural VET providers, representatives of the labour market and VET policy makers, and serve as a tool to modularise future training and make it more adaptable to the needs of the agricultural labour market.
Third, to build a European PACT online service which will serve as a common entry point for:
- VET providers to describe their training solutions targeted towards skills gaps (as previously determined) and get inspired to adapt and reuse by browsing solutions of their “peer institutions”
- Agricultural businesses and membership organisations to become aware of existing training opportunities (information pool) but also indicate further emerging training needs (communication and dialogue tool)
The portal will be built with extended search functionality and scalable manner in order to account for an ever developing labour market.
Fourth, to better recognize existing training opportunities which already address existing skills gaps in the agricultural sector, and make them more visible on a European level as well as to show-case and encourage VET providers who have already modularised their agricultural trainings to integrate elements new training units.
Fifth, to organize four trainings on PACT according to a well-designed up-to-date curriculum which will bring together different multipliers from complementary fields (following the concept of an alliance) and made sustainable through an online training module with successful elements and materials of the face-to-face interventions.
Six, to facilitated the transfer of the PACT Framework including its underlying concepts (e.g. learning outcomes approach, modularisation into units, etc.) to more sectors by providing concise, tools such as a multilingual handbook, and a white paper with policy recommendations.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Other Service Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
open and distance learning
material for open learning
description of new occupation profiles
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
The project focuses on the development of Pathways for Agricultural Competence and skills based Training (PACT) to reduce the mismatch between new jobs and existing skills in the agricultural sector and to improve the agricultural curriculum design and delivery by innovative VET services and broad dissemination throughout whole Europe.
It will contribute to making definitions of competences reusable and accessible across learning and recruitment systems, thus facilitating the development of additional services related to the generation of personal profiles, achieved learning outcomes and competences, etc. In essence, the outcomes of this effort will facilitate the bond for the actual building of effective pathways between learning and employment through the planned PACT Framework based on EQF and ECVET for the better integration of competence and skills modelling and with clear relevance for the current agricultural labour market as well as technology based solutions and services.
The PACT Framework matching emerging job profiles and existing training opportunities will be a valuable approach such as the linking of training opportunities and units of training to learning outcomes, the expression of job profiles through the use of competence descriptions and the generation of personal profiles of achieved learning outcomes and competences.