Title High-level qualifications for in-company trainers. Transfer of the innovative further training concept
Project Number DE/07/LLP-LdV/TOI/147016
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The objective of the “It’s time" project was to transfer the elements of the innovative further training course entitled "workplace tutoring" to European partner countries.
The objective of the project “It’s time. European vocational training workplace tutor for company training supervisors“ was to transfer the elements of the innovative “workplace tutoring“ further training approach developed in Germany to European partner countries and to develop the training in Germany further by incorporating new ideas from the partner countries. Useful learning arrangements throughout Europe shall be developed and tested in the project, especially through the development of blended-learning modules. The object was to support practical and in-service forms of learning. The respective learning modules will be assessed with credit points in an examination of the usability of both the ECVET concept and the ECTS system. At the same time integration into the NQF/EQF shall be carried out. The aim of these efforts is to increase the quality and attractiveness of the further training for company training supervisors, to enable the permeability between the different educational systems (vocational training, university) and to utilise the experiences and competences of the European partners in e-learning and blended-learning approaches for trainers.
Our investigations have shown that the “workplace tutor” further training approach is unique in Europe and that other European countries with a dual vocational training system can greatly profit from this qualification offer. The added value for the cooperative partner institutions in Europe is that they are able to expand their further training offers round the innovative "European vocational training workplace tutor" and cover the qualification needs of company training supervisors in their countries much better.
If established in a European validated framework, the “workplace tutor” model would boost the further training of the vocational training staff in Germany considerably. German company training supervisors could for instance complete their further training in different EU countries and still acquire a state-approved certificate with no loss of time or quality. Alternatively, trainers from partner countries could complete their further training (in parts) in their native countries and take the state-regulated examination in Germany. The application of European credit points and the integration of the further training into the NQF and EQF would then be of considerable benefit to all parties involved.
The “workplace tutor” is an innovative concept in continuing education and training newly developed in Germany. The object of the “It’s time” project is to transfer central elements of this concept to European partner countries and further develop the concept in collaboration with transnational partners. Continuing education and training does much for the professionalization of trainers at companies, for their long-term employability and for the trend towards their equal standing with other training staff. In keeping with priority 2 of the innovation transfer programme, the strategic goal is to make workplace tutors a leading European brand for vocational training staff and to set a new quality standard for trainer education.
“It’s time” develops learning arrangements usable throughout the EU and tests them in a blended learning approach to enable flexible, practical and extra-occupational continuing training for company trainers in Europe. In doing so, the project draws on the experience and skills of its European partners in developing blended learning arrangements for trainers.
The project helps to improve the transparency and recognition of qualifications in Europe by evaluating learning modules using performance scores and examining the usability of the ECVET concept and the ECTS system. An effort is also being made to embed these results in the NQR/the EQR.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The German “workplace tutor” training programme is relatively new and sets a new standard of professionalism for vocational training staff within and outside companies. The object is to provide better qualifications for trainers, who are now faced with structural changes in training activities, growing pedagogical requirements and demands for greater flexibility on the labour market. These and other trends can be observed in other EU countries. Many companies are networking qualifications and personnel development to an increasing extent and have a need to use new learning media and process-oriented types of learning. Outsourcing and other new business strategies force training staff to calculate costs and benefits and to gear themselves to the market and customers when planning training and developing their offerings. Until now, it has not been customary for trainers to attain management and leadership competencies, which hinders their own career development. The new professionalization concept addresses all these problems and applies a skill-based and action-oriented qualification approach in keeping with the current EQR discussion.
The social partners and federal government in Germany agreed on this continuing training concept, which is now just beginning to be implemented nationally. Evaluated experiences are thus far available only from pilot projects in Hamburg, Munich and Rostock. It would be sensible and advantageous especially at this stage to evaluate this model with other European partners and determine its suitability at European level and to further develop it for transnational use and test it in a blended learning approach.