Title Competence Coach
Project Number DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147 138
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The issues of coaching skills in vocational education, what it means to be a competence coach, and coachee skills were at the heart of the project. The transfer of innovation “Competence Coach” produced valuable results, (training) methods, tools etc. for coaches and advisors.
The project “Competence Coach” is meant to make an important contribution to improving the quality of coaching in vocational education and the professional performance of advisors and coaches, in particular with regard to methods coaches can use for analysing their clients’ competences. Special attention was paid to the target group of people at risk of social exclusion.
Both aspects were accounted for during the work on the curriculum and the training manual for the modular training course named “Competence Coach” for coaches and advisors in vocational education. They are also manifested in the results of the project.
The project is based on the LdV projects “exemplo” and “Third Age Guidance”. One of the “exemplo” project partners from Germany also participated in “Competence Coach” and transferred the results of the previous project to the new target groups and their needs. The other partners are from DE, FR, IT, EL, LT, GB and CZ; the focus of their work is on career planning and counselling.
Certification in the participating partner countries is envisaged and has been realised in Germany and Lithuania so far. In all partner countries the contents of the “Competence Coach” training course were tested in practice, i.e. tools, methods etc. were trialled by coaches and advisors. The respective feedback was included in the final version of the training course.
The main results of “Competence Coach” – the training curriculum and the manual including numerous coaching methods, tools etc. – are designed, above all, for schooling advisors and coaches in vocational education and, thus, serve to guarantee further professionalisation and quality assurance.
The work plan of the project included a preparatory symposium titled “Coaching and Competence Assessment for guidance services preceding the actual development of the training course (held in Corsica in May 2009). Also, two studies were envisaged to collect relevant data from all partner countries. The study “Skills for Competence Coaching” was carried out by the Greek partner and concluded in July 2009. The Italian partner was responsible for the study “Best Practice of Training for Guidance Practitioners across Europe” (summer 2009). The results of the symposium and both studies are accessible on the project website.
At the very beginning of the project a website was created serving the purposes of making available information on the project as well as its dissemination and marketing. This website has continuously been developed further and extended in the course of the project. Its present appearance includes different areas and ways of access, e.g. for interested subscribers and all project partners. Since the end of the project all relevant information and all project results have been available on it and can be applied by coaches and advisors. The contents include flyers and posters, which can be used for informing about and marketing the project, as well as articles on the project which appeared in the partner countries and the semi-annual newsletter which was sent to interested coaches, advisors, and organisations.
Further important components of the work plan were regular status reports produced by the partners in the respective partner countries. An element which proved to be highly valuable consisted of the five steering group meetings. What made these meetings indispensable was the opportunity for personal exchange, in general, and the possibility to address previously uncovered issues, in particular. Especially through reaching binding agreements on the further steps in the work of the project etc. at these meetings the partner consortium succeeded in making considerable advancements to the work on the project time and time again.
To sum up, the lot of the work programme aimed at developing the training course for coaches. All partners contributed to the creation of the modular training course. A piloting phase was carried out, in which its contents were presented and tested in practice. Feedback coming from all partner countries was discussed by the consortium and, where necessary, accounted for in the final version of the training manual. Further training courses based on the completed learning materials and transfer workshops were carried out towards the end of the project in order to disseminate the results of “Competence Coach”.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
transparency and certification
Product information The envisaged transfer of innovation took place on several levels. On the one hand, the results of previous projects (“TAG – Third Age Guidance” and “exemplo”) were taken into account during the creation of the course materials and essential elements of them were integrated into the training manual (in particular in modules 2 and 4). On the other hand, the completed manual was translated into all project partner languages (DE, EN, FR, IT, GR, CZ, LT). Thus, the individual modules, which had been developed on the national level, were made available to the other project countries. Last but not least, the transfer of innovation was implemented by way of the general exchange on coaching between partners/countries having previous extensive experiences with it (e.g. Germany) and partners at whose organisations coaching has only begun to develop (in particular Lithuania).