Title Work Based Learning in Industrial Engineering
Project Number LLP/LdV/TOI/2013/IRL - 507
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The Work Based Learning in Industrial Engineering project is an EU funded action designed to facilitate closer cooperation between academia and the world of work. This project will transfer an innovation developed by Aalborg University for practical use in other EU countries.
The project will design and test a practical approach to work based learning that can be used in a verity of business sectors. The core of the project is based around the following concepts, “learning to learn” the target learner will be introduced to this concept in a structured and productive way. The learner’s supervisor will be tutored in the concepts of “learning outcomes” and how to measure the learner’s progress against the stated outcomes. The University of Training Organisation will perform a mentoring and auditing role to ensure quality standards are in line with EU guidelines.
This process will result in added value for all stakeholders – the organisation will receive on the job formal training for its operatives, the operative on the job training will be mapped to learning outcomes and therefore can be recognised against a framework qualification in the future. The University or Training Organisation has a practical process/tool to provide industry with focused learning it requires to remain competitive in the modern environment
This project is designed to foster closer cooperation between the worlds of VET providers and industry, and will focus on adapting previous projects titled "Continuing Engineering Education as Work Based Learning" - (CEE as WBL), and Industrial Engineering Standards in Europe (IESE)into an education model that will bring the learning process directly into the workplace. The model will be called Work Based Learning in Industrial Engineering (WBL-IE) and is main objective will be is to create a sustainable framework for learning in a working environment. Moving the learning process closer to work place will also address some of the Skills Mismatch issues highlighted in the report "Skills Mismatch and the Role of Enterprise" (www.cedefop.europa.eu) produced by The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training - Cedefop. The project will adapt a pedagogy for Work Based Learning developed by Aalborg University into a sustainable model (WBL-IE model) which will be pilot tested in 10 SME's (5 in Ireland + 1 in each partner country). The model will be designed to provide "tailor made" VET courses specific to the needs of the individual organization, while also incorporating the processes and procedures specified by National and European frameworks of qualifications. The consortium believes this aspect of the project is very important because the "learner" must be recognised and where relevant accredited for the work based training he/she receives.
The WBL-IE model will be adapted to deliver training on any subject that is specified by the organization, for the purpose of this project the consortium has decided to deliver a syllabus in the pilot process based on Method Study. The consortium for this project comprises of Universities and private organizations that already provide VET programmes in Method Study - which are delivered in a traditional format e.g. classroom etc. Therefore by using Method Study as the course material we can provide detailed evaluations between the results achieved against "learning outcomes" for learners that have been trained conventionally and those trained on the WBL-IE model.
The WBL-IE model will be adapted to conform to the guidelines set down in the EFQ and will be further adapted to conform to the requirements of 15 other EU countries National Qualification Frameworks. This will allow the consortium to invite other countries outside the project to join a WBL-IE network association which can share in the dissemination and exploitation process when the project has ended. One of the tangible outcomes of this project the consortium would like to develop is a WBL-IE association that will take ownership of the model once the project has finished. With the object of further developing it into an EU recognized model for the delivery of VET work based learning programmes. The model will also incorporate some mechanisms and processes for collecting inputs from industry and other sources, such as Cedefop.
Objectives of the project
The primary objective for this project is to amalgamate the results of two previous projects into a systematic approach to VET training, that will bring the world VET and business closer together. This is priority LEO-Tralnno-8 and will be addressed in this project through the following cornerstones and objectives.
Objective 1: To adapt and test a pedagogical approach which will train SME personnel to facilitate WBL (Work Based Learning) on an ongoing and sustainable basis. This will allow the SME to facilitate its own tailor made work based education programs on a day to day basis.
Objective 2: Adapt and test training manuals and processes that incorporate the existing "transparency tools" and guidelines as proscribed by the EQAVET and other quality assurance systems. This will ensure the quality of the training being delivered and provide the student / learner with a transparent accreditation which will assist in his mobility, both nationally and internationally.
Objective 3: Develop a systematic and sustainable approach to the provision of WBL with a process for evaluating the results against conventional delivery pedagogical delivery methods.
Objectives of the Work Packages
The aim of this work package is to ensure that all aspects of the project, both from the contractual obligation and delivery of stated objectives are fulfilled. The "Project Manual ", is designed to promote efficiency and structure for the project, which in turn will promote a good working environment for the project.
W P 2
The primary aims of this work package is to create a EU benchmark framework for WBL programs which will ensure accredited recognition is given to all learners on the WBL programs. This work package has been designed to ensure that all the training received by the learner is compliant with EU and National regulations and can be accredited against a recognized qualification or certification process. The work package will incorporate all relevant transparency frameworks both nationally and internationally and will ensure that all mandatory accreditation criteria are followed.
W P 3
This work package is designed to facilitate the smooth transfer of the TM-CE process from Denmark to the other partner countries. The Danish partner will incorporate the learning material and frame works adapted in WP2 in to the TM-CE process and prepare all the relevant material and procedures necessary for a successful "field test". The Danish partner will also be responsible for training the TM-CE facilitators; these will be selected from the partner organizations and trained to level 4 of the EQF. The trained facilitator will in turn train facilitators at the SME's that are taking part in the "field testing" - the Danish partner will closely monitor and evaluate the initial training at the SME.
W P 4
Management of all the piloting activities in Ireland and set the ground rules for the structure of piloting in the partner countries. The piloting in Ireland will be in two phases - first pilot will be a prototype activity, and will test the adaptations made in WP's 2 and 3. The next 4 pilots will happen in parallel or in an offset sequence. A major evaluation and review of results will occur after this stage and all feedback incorporated into the WBL model before proceeding to the next piloting stage.
W P 5
Adapting the WBL-IE model for use in other EU regions. The first stage of these processes will be to adapt the model from WP2 and 3 for use in the other consortium countries prior to the piloting process. Furthermore they will be required to adapt the WBL-IE model for use in an additional 10 EU regions that are not part of the consortium. This process will increase the viability and market range of the model once the project has ended, and will allow the consortium invite members from additional countries into the WBL-IE network. The Swedish partner is also responsible for analyzing and comparing the results from delivering the material in a conventional manner versus the WBL-IE model.
W P 6
Will be responsible for the overall quality aspects of the project. This will include the quality of how the project is being managed, progress against fulfillment of the aims and objectives and the quality of the field testing and training programs. This will also include identifying and inviting members to the Project Advisory Board. Finland will manage this board and ensure they are briefed on all aspects of the project.
W P 7
To build awareness about the opportunities of the lifelong learning and publish the information and ongoing project status on the website, via e-brochures and for a specific audience a small number of printed brochures. Planning of the information, dissemination and exploitation strategy. Participation in events/ exhibitions (Worldwide and Learntec), SME fairs (e.g. Bad. Wirtschaftstag ), conferences (e.g. annual conference of Institute of Industrial Engineers) and making use of business contacts of the project partners to SME's and VET organizations all over Europe. The design of the dissemination processes will define the channels and the time schedule how the information on results are provided to all relevant stakeholders (SME, VET organizations) and other relevant audiences (decision makers at VET policy level and Industrial Engineering practitioners. Promote the development that WBL results become part of a policy in the field of Industrial Engineering.
Transportation and Storage
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Expected results in WBL-IE Project
1. Project and Quality Manual
2. WBL Process Manual - for Facilitator Training
3. WBL Manual for Training Delivery and Evaluation
4. WBL network association for future exploitation of the developed model
5. WBL.EU web site