Project Type Networks
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The Leonardo da Vinci network ECVET TC-NET is a network project for the development and elaboration of the ECVET system for the tourism and catering industry in Europe.
Summary ECVET TC NET will develop an ECVET based model for mutual recognition and transparency of learning outcomes and competences in the tourism and catering sector in Europe.
Tourism and catering is one of the most important economic branches in Europe and provides more than 7 million jobs in Europe, however especially this sector is relying very much on flexibility and mobility of work forces.
This is the main reason for the development of the ECVET model as a basis for mutual recognition and transparency of competences and learning outcomes. In a network consortium, which reflects the tourism and catering sector characteristics (where large parts of the training programmes are implemented as corporate training in hotels, tourist centres, spas, cruise ships, etc.) which includes tourism schools, VET providers, colleges, university colleges, hotels, cruise ship companies, labour force providers and associations the main activities planned are the implementation of a baseline survey of competences and learning outcomes needed in the tourism and catering sector.
On this basis a competence grid for all relevant competences will be developed which forms the cornerstone of the ECVET model elaborated.
The model will be presented in a detailed handbook for implementation together with supporting documents like a Memorandum for Mutual Trust and a draft for an ECVET certificate.
All activities are embedded in a comprehensive quality management strategy and surrounded by a sustainable strategy for dissemination and exploitation. The network as such follows an enlargement strategy throughout the whole funding period and will be developing a detailed and feasible sustainability strategy for the time after the funding period.
The main impact aims refer to the training providers and schools in the tourism and catering sector, companies and work force providers which receive a model for mutual recognition and accreditation for vocational training and learning outcomes.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Accommodation and Food Service Activities
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
transparency and certification
ECVET TC NET will envisage the following aims:
European survey “competences and skills in the tourism and catering sector in Europe”: The aim of the survey is to get a detailed perspective of the different competences and job profiles needed in the tourism and catering sector in Europe as a basis for the development of the ECVET model
Development of a competence description grid: The competence description grid should provide a description basis for all deducted competences in the tourism and catering sector.
Elaboration of the ECVET model for the tourism and catering sector in Europe: out of a multistakeholder perspective with a strong focus on the companies and service providers included in the partnership the ECVET model for the sector will be developed and documented in a comprehensive way.
Development of guidelines how to work with ECVET in the tourism and catering sector in practice: Additionally to the model description there will be some concrete guidelines and a step by step approach how to work with ECVET in practice, this also refers to the fact that large parts of vocational training in the tourism and catering sector is taking place within companies and service providers and these organisations are not classical training organisations and therefore have not enough experiences with credit transfer systems.
Development of guidelines how to develop ECVET compliant training programmes: For the training organisations in the tourism and catering field it is important to have proper guidelines on how to develop ECVET compliant training programmes in the future.
Test implementation of the ECVET model: Training organisations and companies, involved in the ECVET TC NET, will test the developed approaches and instruments to receive feedback on practical implementation and feasibility for the sector needs.
Policy development: the ECVET TC NET will also develop further the VET policy for the tourism and catering sector out of a high quality multistakeholder perspective by developing a policy recommendation paper for vocational education and training in the tourism and catering industry in Europe.