Title LEarning Outcome-oriented quality mobility placements to gain transparency and recognition of qualifications within the Tourism and Catering field
Project Number 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-04022
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text LEO quali-TC was a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project aiming to transfer the innovative results of the ECVET TC NET Leonardo Network project. It was a project based on a concrete methodological tool to analyse and describe vocational qualifications (EQF 2-3 levels – Tourism and Catering sector) in terms of units of learning outcomes and support the validation, recognition, accumulation and transfer of units of learning outcomes (ECVET implementation).
One of the central ideas underlying European LLL policy is that international mobility should become a natural part of education and training schemes. This helps learners to achieve higher qualification levels which are crucial for a successful first step into the labour market or for career improvements. However, what still hampers the full potential of learning mobility within the EU are the problems surrounding the recognition of learning periods spent abroad. There still exist, in fact, constraints due to the difficulty in having one’s learning outcomes achieved abroad in formal, informal and non formal learning evaluated, validated, recognised, accumulated and transferred. In order to address these issues, the aim of the project was to identify an operative framework to test ECVET and to facilitate the validation, recognition, accumulation and transfer of units of learning outcomes. The project provided concrete methodological tools to analyse and describe a range of vocational qualifications (EQF 2-3 levels – Tourism and Catering sector) in terms of units of learning outcomes and a Model that permits the validation, recognition, accumulation and transfer of units of learning outcomes with reference to the existing European tools (EQF, Europass, ECTS) and principles (validation of non formal and informal learning, quality assurance) in order to reduce the barriers to mobility across Europe. With a view to developing and testing concepts and procedures to augment learners’ mobility and making qualifications more transparent and portable, thus improving the common understanding of EU citizens’ learning outcomes within trans-national mobility, better valuing individuals’ experiences and upgrading skills for employability, the project aimed to test ways of putting ECVET into practice. Practical activities such as mobility programmes, workshops/peer learning activities and blended learning schemes tested the comparability of learning outcome units and the processes of assessment, validation and recognition.
The project consolidated and integrated sound partnership between VET providers, stakeholders and National institutions responsible for VET qualifications systems across Europe enhancing cooperation and networking and promoting mutual trust, with the final purpose of implementing ECVET. The whole activities were implemented by regarding a strong European perspective which was reflected in all project outputs and results. The project aimed to increase the knowledge of ECVET and its technical specifications and ensuring that the added value of ECVET is understood and perceived all over Europe.
The ECVET TC NET model on which LEO quali-TC is based is a concrete methodological tool to analyse and describe vocational qualifications in terms of units of learning outcomes and support the validation, recognition, accumulation and transfer of units of learning outcomes. It is a concrete model and tool for the implementation of the ECVET system; a model to describe entire qualifications or their studies of different scopes in terms of field of work, competences and indicators. Starting from that, LEO quali-TC had its aim in further developing and implementing the content and the results of the ECVET model for the Tourism and Catering industry through 6 thematic phases:
1. EUROPEAN SURVEY, PEER REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT: the planning and implementation of the European survey investigating competences and skills in the Tourism and Catering sector corresponding to level 2 and 3 of the EQF in the countries involved was the thematic starting phase of the project. It was firstly reviewed the European survey produced by the ECVET TC Network. During the survey with training organisations, schools, companies and service providers in the Tourism and Catering sector, the relevant and needed competences were identified. The competences were presented in a special competence grid to allow comparability and transparency.
2. TRANSFER PROCESS OF THE ECVET MODEL AND DEVELOPMENT: based on the principles and results of the ECVET TC NET model and the competences deducted from the European survey (presented in the competence grid) the ECVET model for Tourism and Catering was further developed and described in a comprehensive model description document.
3. TRANSFER PROCESS OF THE MOU TOOL AND CERTIFICATE AND DEVELOPMENT: the consortium, in parallel to the ECVET model transfer and development, worked on the discussion and development of the MoU as the basic document for all organisations wanting to apply the ECVET model and allow mutual recognition. Furthermore the draft of the ECVET certificate was discussed and further developed.
4. TEST IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECVET MODEL: MOBILITY. Following the philosophy of agreement, rules and methods for the application of the ECVET system, the ECVET model and tools were shared in individual mobility programmes. Recognition took the form of award of a full unit or part of a unit which was part of the full qualification. The unit (or part of the unit) was assessed abroad and validated and recognized upon return with the support of the Regional Authorities involved.
5. TEST IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECVET MODEL: WORKSHOPS/PEER LEARNING ACTIVITIES. A set of two workshops/peer learning activities per partner country were scheduled in order to meet the needs of the stakeholders and VET practitioners involved and then support and guide them through the process of applying ECVET.
6. BLENDED LEARNING SCHEME FOR HOSTING COMPANIES' MENTORS. Large parts of vocational training in the Tourism and Catering sector take place within companies and service providers. However, these organisations are not classical training organisations and thus mentors within them have no enough experiences with competent application of European instruments for transparency (EQF, ECVET). A blended training scheme supported and guided them through the process of applying ECVET and raise quality in mobility programmes. A detailed test report containing clear feedback and recommendations for adaptation and improvement stood at the end of the last 3 project phases.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Accommodation and Food Service Activities
open and distance learning
transparency and certification
• European Survey and Competence Grid
• ECVET Model for Tourism and Catering
• MoU - Memorandum of Mutual Understanding
• Mobility Test Report
• Workshops/Peer learning activities Test Report
• Blended Learning for Companies' Mentors Report