Title Zero Barrier - Catering
Project Number 2013-1-FR1-LEO05-48208
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The Zero Barrier project is aiming at developing training and skills in the field of catering, encouraging progressive recognition of skills acquired in the workplace, and so at European level, to facilitate mobility of persons.
The purposes of the project are adapting a visual gestural code shared by all countries and accompanying a low-qualified public towards certification of common low with the Luculus passport.
Recent developments in the catering industry requires employees with proven and recognised expertise, guaranteeing professional mobility. Strong migrations of professionals invite to the recognition of a geographically broader certifying vocation training. This recognition would be a first step towards the mobility of persons with low level of qualifications or with disabilities thanks to the visual-gestural FoodCom code.
Professionals in the field of catering seeking for the workforce associate themselves to the reflection that the educational systems should find solutions to specific needs for compétences and qualifications (pedagogical content, teaching situations, adapted tutoring).
The issue of the Zero Barrier project is to develop training and qualification in the catering industry, promoting progressive recognition of skills acquired at the workplace at European level and aiming at geographic mobility of the beneficiaries. The project will accompany groups with low level of qualifications towards partial or common certification of common law thanks passports. An adapted teaching aims at the promotion of experience and skills and will meet the accessibility criteria. It will be a vehicle for mobility, reinforced by concordances in the field of CAP in concerned countries, as well as a link towards other related professional titles.
In the project are involved 24 professionals from 5 countries, 6 partners and 120 beneficiaries in total, and the experimentation phase will be implemented in 5 languages.
The goal of the ZERO BARRIER project is to promote the access for people with disabilities or with low level of qualifications to certification of common low, and to transfer it to other countries:
- develop teaching accessible to all kind of groups depending on their needs
- encourage an evolution of postures and positions of accompaniment actors (trainers and tutors in companies)
- identify professional gestures and experiential situations common to European partners in order to integrate training and recognition models of common law in the workplace
- create a repository in hotel, catering and tourism industry in order to establish links between titles and diplomas for law level of qualifications from one partner country to another
- create a competency passport and a training package containing training modules for experiential situations for catering professionals during qualification course
- create a methodological guide and educational and visual-gestural tools, a practical guide to accompany associated enterprises during the validation process/ obtaining the passport, as well as multimedia learning materials.
In orer to achieve these objectives, the work program was organized in 5 work packages:
- WP 1: Analysis and concordances
The objective was to collect information on educational systems and professional certifications for a cook existing in partner countries and to present them in the form of a concordance table.
- WP 2: Zero Barrier Method
At this stage, common pedagogical tools were created, such as the visual-gestural FoodCom code and training sessions, as part of the Zero Barrier method.
- WP 3: Experimentation of the Zero Barrier method
Project partners tested and used in a practical way the FoodCom code and occupational guidelines Assistant Chef along with beneficiaries (disabled or low-skilled people), professionals and trainers in catering. Professional mobilities have been organized between project partners.
- WP4 Evaluation of the Zero Barrier method
All participants in the experimentation of the Zero Barrier method and tools have answered questionnaires adapted to different target publics.
- WP5 Dissemination
Communication and dissemination on the Zero Barrier project had been taking place since the begnning of the project, when its objectives and expected results were presented. Afterwards, outputs and results were presented within partner organizations and networks of contacts. Partner countries have started procedures of Assistant certification with competent authorities.
- WP6 Project coordination
Le Relais AVS, project coordinator, works with each partner responsible for one WP in order to achieve expected results. It is also responsible for internal communication, as well as for administrative and financial management of the project.
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Sectors Accommodation and Food Service Activities
material for open learning
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
In the short term, the impact of the project will result in the reflection of teachers and professionals on new communication methods, mobility perspectives and on partial certification for people with disabilities.
In the long term, this reflection will ensure access to employment and to the European labour market for people with disabilities or with low level of qualifications.