Title Vocational education and training connecting higher education and rural companies (Connect-VET)
Project Number 2013-1-FI1-LEO05-12562
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project focused on transferring and further developing organisational innovations in VET sector. The large amount of existing good practices for SME-VET-HE/R co-operation were collected together, complemented by the models/tools developed by previous initiatives, like WERT & Envolwe (SME-VET co-operation) and LOVEt & Dialogue (HE-SME co-operation) and modified to cover the whole micro enterprises- VET- HE/R knowledge chain. Of these models, 1 selected model/country was and based on the pilots long term co-operation plans were made. In each country the aim was to form “a trinity” VET-SMEs-HE/R to carry out the piloting.
VET has a unique position between more theoretical higher education and practice. It is typically an operator, who could have the skills both to understand the research information and implement it to the practice. Especially in rural areas the VET’s role has also changed from the traditional educator to important regional expert organization and developer. VET is an important link to the expertise esp. for small and micro companies to whom it is often the only expert organization available.
This change has set new challenges to VET. They are required to form sustainable links to both research and enterprise life. These links are vital in order to accumulate the needed knowledge base for VET staff to act as regional experts and convey this knowledge their students. However, these connections lack in many VET organisations. This calls for new working methods and co-operation models on how to link fluently the HE/R and rural companies’ needs to VET activities and via this a)improve the expertise of VET staff, b)meet better the worklife’s needs in education and c) respond better to VET sector’s role as regional expert.
This project focused on transferring and further developing organisational innovations in VET sector. The existing good practices for SME-VET-HE/R co-operation were collected together, complemented by the models/tools developed by previous initiatives, and modified to cover the whole micro enterprises- VET- HE/R knowledge chain. Selected models were piloted in 5 countries and based on the pilots long term co-operation plans were made. In each country the aim was to form “a trinity” VET-SMEs-HE/R to carry out the piloting. All the material collected during the Project and experiences gained from the pilots are collected together as a multimedia toolkit at www.connect-vet.eu. The toolkit aims to encourage and support the different actors systematically plan, try out and maintain this type of co-operation. And hopefully help them to avoid the most typical pitfalls.
The project was implemented by a consortium including combination of players in LLL (both VET & HE), and NBE sectors from 7 countries (5 core partners, 5 supporting partners and 3 dissemination partners). The roles of the partners was divided according to their expertise: the core partners piloted the cooperation models with the supporting partners. The dissemination partners’ role was to guarantee the wide dissemination and exploitation of project’s results.
The overall objective of the project was to support and impact on improvements in quality and innovation in VET systems, institutions and practices by systematically increasing and strengthening the co-operation between VET, rural micro enterprises and HE/R. The project will focus on transferring and further developing organisational innovations in VET sector
As a results of the project there is
1) A case library of the existing good practices of the co-operation between SMEs-VET and HE/R
2) documented pilots for VET-micro company-HE/R cooperation,
2) 5 started co-operation initiatives and
3) guidelines for establishing long term cooperation.
All these are compiled to the “Multimedia toolkit to enhance European VET-HE/R-rural micro companies’ co-operation” , which can be found from www.connect-vet.eu
In addition, the project has supported to establishment of networks and new initiatives to further develop the co-operation between these three actor groups. For example based on the pilots twinning plans for the new partners and countries were made.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
All the project’s results (collected material and experiences from the pilots) were together and a Multimedia tool kit (www.connect-vet.eu) was developed. The aim of the toolkit is to encourage the systematic co-operation between these three actors and provide practical tools for it by providing:
1) a case library of the good practices
2) practical examples to help to estimate the benefits and challenges of co-operation
3) new ideas for developing the co-operation
4) practical guidelines and methods to establish the co-operation
5) support to avoid the most common pitfalls
The material includes, reports, text documents, videos, infographics and pictures.
In addition as a results of the project the started pilots created a three year co-operation plan and continue the activities after the project ended. Further information on the pilots can be found from: http://www.connect-vet.eu/?page_id=2236 The pilots relate to rural tourism, regional SME development, job placements of the students with special needs, NWFP marketing and nursery.