Title The value of work for individual position on labour market
Project Number 2012-1-RO1-LEO05-21119
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
For those that want to know which are their real and complete competences and which are their chances on the labour market, the VOW+IPLM project and its final product E-Evaluation Platform may be a solution. Come to registered, be an active member and evaluates your competences, for knowing better which is your possible position on the labour market.
For those that want to find more information about the evaluation and validation process of competences acquired at the work place, E-evaluation platform provides a friendly virtual environment. Come to registered, be an active member, share with us your work experience and help us to develop further the platform.
If you are a training provider or a HR manager, you can use our project’s results in your activity, you can adapt the E-evaluation Platform for competences’ evaluation of your trainees or employees. Come to registered, be an active member, share with us your work experience and make your work more easy and efficient.
Summary The recent economic crisis imposed dramatic measures in terms of employment and social protection in all European countries. Entire categories of public sector employees, such as those in public administration, health, education, have unexpectedly found themselves in a position to reorient on the labor market because the budgets of all EU countries were reduced at salaries costs. The most vulnerable are employees with low and medium education level or those whose specialty does not correspond to their work position. Many of them have acquired a lot of competencies in the work place but even they don’t know about that. This situation revel once again the necessity to have methods and tools for validating competencies acquired in the workplace, transferable between sectors. The main aims of the project are: exchanging of best practice in the recognition and validation competencies informal acquired and improving in this way the quality of validation of non-formal and informal learning process and the attractiveness of VET in participating countries. Objectives of project: developing an Innovative Methodology of validation and an Innovative tool E- evaluation Platform, adapting and upgrading the innovative methods and tools developed by the pilot project "The Value of Work (VOW)" as well using good practices from partner countries. The consists in 6 partners from 4 UE countries and 2 non UE countries Iceland (VOW's country) and Turkey all having the necessary skills and expertise for the successful development of the project activities. The consortium is composed by the promoter and coordinator INCSMPS (RO) a national research institute for labour market and social protection, INVESLAN (ES) a training and employment research company; MISTIA (PL) institute for social and economic development; p&w Germany (DE) an organization specialised in socioeconomic research and evaluation, POINT (TR) a company with a large expertise in ICT use for VET, Educational Training Centre for Public Employees (IS). The main VOW+IPLM results: Handbook of good practices including innovative method of VOW project as well good practice from partners countries on development of innovative validation methods; "Innovative methodology of validation" describing the methods and tools for evaluation and validation; Innovative tool "E- evaluation Platform" for individual position on the labour market. The estimated impact is increasing employability, occupational mobility and participation in VET. We also estimate a substantial improvement of accessibility to the competencies validation process for all potentially beneficiaries by using innovative tool E-Platform.
The project addresses a common EU problem - the need for recognition, assessment and certification of those competencies acquired in an informal way or by job practice. In the frame of partnership, countries like Germany and Spain have registered significant progress in setting competencies standards for different economic sectors, in order to harmonize recognition, assessment and certification of those competencies acquired at the work place by informal or non-formal learning. Romania and Poland had made also progresses having a specific legislation and public or private institutions for certification of competencies.In Turkey validation of former learning (or recognition of prior learning) has not been formulated in any field. However, the experience of this non European country may be very useful having plenty of practical solutions in the field, that can be developed as a "pilot case" for Europe wide studies and applications. The diversity of situations from each partner country imposed to include a work package (WP2) dedicated to analyze of context/developments from each country in order to find a common framework for developing and implementing of Innovative methodology of validation" and Innovative tool "E- evaluation Platform". The common fact in practice, for all partner countries, is that workers, unemployed people and companies do not have specific tools for assessing the transferable competencies acquired at the work place, like that we propose to develop by implementing this project. Due to the lack of proper information and promoting of the existing services, the access to the validation process is limited. Moreover, no specific indicators or measurement tools were developed, that is why no statistical data is available. Our final product, the on-line application, can improve the access to the evaluation process, will offer the possibility the evaluate and measure the impact of the new innovative methodology on all beneficiaries: individual users, training centers, companies, public bodies and in the same time will be an effective tool for project valorization. The main aims of the project are:
- exchange of best practice in the recognition and validation of informal learning contexts / non-formal;
- improving the quality of validation of non-formal and informal learning process by transferring the innovative model for recognizing competencies acquired in the work place, developed by the pilot project "The Value of Work (VOW)";
- raising attractiveness of VET in participating countries by giving to each person a complete overview of his skills which can have a good impact on them and their decision to continuing to learn and training.
The project has as main objectives:
- identification of best practices/ innovative methods in evaluation and validation of competencies from partners countries that together with the innovative method of VOW project will be used for development of innovative validation methodology;
- development of "Innovative methodology of validation" describing the methods and tools for evaluation and validation
to transfer the results of previous project - transferable competence standards, methods and tools for validating competencies acquired in the work place, transferable between sectors, as good practice to other 6 countries: Romania, Spain, Poland, Germany and Turkey;
- to develop new transferable competence standards to be used when validating individuals against job standards (we will consider the public administration sector as initial and the transfer sectors will be selected as most suitable for each participant country);
- to adapt the existing methods and tools for the new sectors and developing new ones for other economical sectors that will be selected by each participant country (such as services, elderly care in the Romanian case);
- to developing an innovative tool "E- evaluation Platform" for evaluation of competencies acquired at work place and give to each beneficiary the possibility to build an individual further career by lifelong learning. The E- Platform will be an on-line applications build on the principles ECVET adapted for competencies acquired to the work place allowing in this way recognition of competencies within the EU and stimulating mobility of workers between sectors in their country or in another EU Member State.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Sectors Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Report on innovative validation processes
gives an overview of evaluation and validation of competencies informal/non-formal acquired highlighting the innovative aspects, by comparing the national context, analyzing the identified good practices and adopting the results of pilot project VOW which we transfered.
Handbook of good practices joins together all selected best practices in the field of evaluation and validation of competencies in general and those acquired at work place in particular. This product contributes to exchange of good practices between partner countries but also with other countries through on-line application: E-evaluation Platform which includes the electronic version.
Innovative methodology of validation that defines the target group, description of methods and tools, main steps needed for its implementation, suggestions and recommendation for its implementation.All de innovative aspects emphasized in the WP 2 from identified good practices were took into consideration in elaboration of the innovative methodology for validation of competencies acquired at work place.
The E- evaluation Platform is an on-line multifunctional applications build on the principles ECVET adapted for competencies acquired to the work place on which any professionals and experts working in the fields of validation of competencies, adults learning, other educational levels, intercultural training specialists, experts on the use of innovative ICT-based training methodologies have the possibility to access and sharing their experience, informing about other good practices, events or new projects related with the thematic of VOW+IPL. The E- evaluation Platform intend to be the core of a future European network on the evaluation, validation and recognition of competencies acquired in formal, informal or non-formal way, having in view that in this field there are many and diverse actions undertaken which could be more usefully if they will be gathered and made available in this common environment.