Project Number LLP-LDV/TOI/08/IT/513
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The aims of the project are:
To enhance the attractiveness of vocational education and training and mobility for employers and individuals and to facilitate the mobility of working trainees.
To improve the transparency and recognition of qualifications and competences, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning
To contribute to develope the European priority consistent in define transparency and recognition of competences and qualifications
Summary The Compeda project intends to strengthen the integrated system between education and training in the field of adult education, with a view to getting the systems ready for innovative future changes which will be necessary to respond to ECVET.
Adults returning to training/education often do not have their competences acquired other than formally taken into consideration when entering initiatives.Compeda will analyse, adapt and test two existing innovative instruments with a view to validating informal and non formal learning: one the DEWEBAS project from DK, the other the master portfolio approach from UK. Testing will be carried out in companies, in educational and training paths and in Employment offices. A visit/workshop will be carried out in NL regarding an innovative project concerning recognition of non formal and informal learning in the logistics sector. The project is promoted by the Province of Alessandria, responsible for training and employment initiatives. Italian partners involved the project are from the training, educational and employment context of the Alessandria territory. Greece and Portugal are also involved with a view to future implementation of the innovations responding to ECVET in their own countries.
A comparative report on how each partner country is preparing for ECVET will be prepared, after the two instruments have undergone adaptation, testing and fine tuning in the logistics and plastics sectors, two user manuals will be produced. Materials will be available in English and Italian.
In the Province of Alessandria 267 courses will be delivered for adults in the year 2008/2009, these courses will involve about 4000 students. Many of these students attending courses will have acquired competences outside formal learning competences that must be taken into account when entering training initiatives and organising personalised training plans with the intention of making VET more flexible.
POLIS: The working counselling development and higher education want to offer to adult citizens the opportunity to achieve in three-year study a secondary school leaving certificate and a professional qualification.
Compeda is a transfer of innovation project, after necessary work to adopt previous projects’ outcomes we will put them into practice, and in our case we have two innovative products: The Dewebas instrument and
the Master Portfolio. Aim of the Workgroups 2 and 3 is
to gather all necessary in-depth information so as to be able to define how these products can be adapted to
respond to the Italian situation, this means from a legislative, linguistic, technological and cultural point of view.
MASTER PORTFOLIO:The NVQ Master Portfolio is a comprehensive evidence file that is constructed to suit individual companies. It is especially useful in busy factories and on production lines as it saves the candidate time away from their job collecting evidence in the form of handbooks, procedures and legal requirements.
This concept of assessment was first introduced by Technical Services early in 2005 at Stena Link Holyhead, and then with Greencore Pizza and RAF Sealand. More recently we have gained approval from External Verifiers from City & Guilds for Distribution, Warehousing and Storage NVQ’s and Performing Manufacturing Operations NVQ’s. Further to this, approval has been provided from EMP Awarding Body for Specialised Plant & Machinery Operations NVQ’s and Plant Operations NVQ’s. The most recent is from the External Verifier from Process Awards Authority to use the Master Portfolio in Electronic form for use with Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities NVQ’s.
The Master Portfolio is constructed predominantly by the Assessor in conjunction with Company management and supervisors. The Assessor will identify the type of NVQ that is required, the National Standards are then used so that appropriate evidence is identified that will suit the individual units which have been selected for individual candidates through the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) process.
This evidence is collected and collated in a ring binder; it is indexed and numbered for reference purposes by the Assessor and Internal Verifier. The assessment team will finalise and agree the evidence to ensure it is Valid, Authentic, Relevant and Suitable for the NVQ’s and the candidates in question.
DEWEBAS: Development of WEb BAsed Skill tools in the wood technology branch in the EU.DEWEBAS is a web-based tool, which can be used by employers, organisations, ministries, schools and
single persons, who wish to take work in other EU-countries or wish to do practice in another country. The
tool can register different kinds of skills: both necessary basic skills for a certain education and informal
competences such as technical competences, where you cannot document any formal examination, and personal competences, which are achieved. All those three kinds of competences can be made visible in a graphic layout, which can be compared with the demands of another country to the same competence area.
Utilization and distribution of results
Description of Comp.Eda Lab product: experimental on-line environment to mould and manage Professional Profiles and Observation Grids to recognize competences actually formally and informally acquired. Aiming at development and integration concerning the whole Comp.Eda Project, Comp.Eda Lab takes advantage of :
- adaptation of Master Portfolio tool from Deeside College (UK), consisting in a collection of personal evidences conceived to meet the needs of overcoming difficulties found by companies while managing traditional portfolio.
- adaptation of Dewebas, developed in Denmark, a tool that takes advantage of a database gathering 1100 competences in the wood sector , defined thanks to the cooperation of companies, schools, training centres , centres for employment. It is possible to visualize competences of a student/worker compared to a professional figure/ training course. It is quite a complete tool fostering interaction between the different actors, aiming at establishing an approach focused on the individual.
- some of the programmes from Collegamenti, the system integrated in the net by Piedmont Region to mould and manage Competences of Professional Profiles, Training Paths and Final Proves of Qualification and Specialization.
NB: Profiles, proofs and reports concerning experimentation have been produced in compliance with the Model of Competences Certification by Piedmont Region.