Title Practical Methodology for Aquiring Key Competences of European Reference Framework through Continuous Vocational Education and Training
Project Number 2013-1-SE1-LEO05-15265
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The knowledge, skills and attitudes of the European workforce are a major factor in the EU’s innovation, productivity and competitiveness. Growing internationalisation, the rapid pace of change, and the continuous roll-out of new technologies mean that Europeans must not only keep their specific job-related skills up-to-date, but also possess the generic competences that will enable them to adapt to change. People’s competences also contribute to their motivation and job satisfaction in the workplace, thereby affecting the quality of their work.
The PR-ERF project has elaborated a holistic methodology for CVET trainers for assessment and development of 8 competences of learners in CVET programmes, for their personal fulfilment, social INCLUSION, active citizenship and EMPLOYABILITY in a knowledge society. The methodology has been created in a form of e-learning platform, which can be used for distance learning in order to make it available for all learners.
The European Reference Framework (ERF, 2007) identifies and defines, for the first time at the European level, the Key Competences (KC) that all citizens require for their personal fulfillment, social inclusion, active citizenship and employability in our knowledge-based society. The acquisition of KCs is of particular importance in VET to facilitate individual pathways from VET to constantly changing labour market.
However, today a focus in VET programmes is on technical knowledge and skills rather than on KCs. Due to 2010 Joint Report on Education and Training: “implementation of ERF is more advanced at the level of general school education; it has been less successful in generating reforms in VET/ adult education”. The consequence is that many trainees enter VET programmes without basic Ks which are needed to successfully follow and complete the training. Within this framework, PR-ERF project aimed to develop HOLISTIC methodology for recognition and development of ERF KCs as a package of Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes that all individuals need to acquire through CVET for personal fulfillment, development, inclusion, EMPLOYMENT.
Description The project consortium has developed the QA procedure for recognition of the ERF Key Competences on the European level through common ASSESSMENT TOOL. This is meant to promote the mobility of VET learners/graduates in Europe depending on temporary or permanent territorial skill need.
Recognition, transparency, certification
program or curricula
The methodology, based on the product of Cyprus Leonardo da Vinci EQLearn project, can be used in CVET programmes, which correspond to EQF levels 4-5.
The products are:
1. Interactive training curricula and methodological tools for development of 8 ERF competences in CVET in one sector identified in research phase. The curricula and pedagogical material are tested by all partners in one sector but they are meant to be transferable to CVET programmes in other sectors.
2. ASSESSMENT tool for validation of students`level and gaps to required EQF level on entry and also students`results. This makes KCs acquired in CVET programmes transferable and recognizable in all EU countries.
3. E-learning platform.
4. Training for trainers’ material
The research on curricula and methodologies on 8 ERF Key Competences for Personal Assistants was conducted. Based on its results, curricula for each Key Competence has been developed. Together with the corresponding methodological tools (which were also elaborated within PRERF), these curricula are uploaded to specially developed e-learning platform.