Title Development of a European occupational profile and curriculum for the recycling sector
Project Number D/00/B/F/PP-112 149
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text The recycling sector is undergoing rapid changes in Europe, but it lacks any established initial vocational training. Most training measures addres...
The recycling sector is undergoing rapid changes in Europe, but it lacks any established initial vocational training. Most training measures address ‘end-of-the-pipe’ strategies. There are few qualification measures specifically for recycling and those that exist focus on waste training and not on the needed training for ‘closed-loop thinking and acting’. Moreover, the majority of post-initial training programmes concentrate on managers, while training activities for unskilled workers are not available. So companies in the recycling sector get their workforce from other occupational fields or organise on-the-job training.
The RecyOccupation project wanted to develop concepts for an initial vocational training in the dynamic recycling sector, in order to make the sector professional. The intention was to produce research papers and sector reviews, carried out in the partner countries and covering occupational and qualification issues. The conclusions were to used to develop an European occupational core profile and a core curriculum for the sector aswell as a framework concept for environmental technological occupations at the European level.
The promoter was biat- Berufsbildungsinstitut Arbeit und Technik, University of Flensburg, an institute for VET (Vocational Education and Training) teachers and vocational ecucationalists studies and VET research in Germany. BIAT cooperated with other VET research and training institutions and VET schools in the United Kingdom, Greece and Spain. An advisory board consisting of European social partners – trade associations, trade unions and representatives of enterprises – supported the project activities.The target group consisted of unskilled workers, including those with minimal qualifications, in the waste-management and environmental-protection industry.
The main outcome of the project was the ECO-Recycler, an occupational profile for the closed-loop and waste sector. The ‘core occupational profile’ is sufficient to overcome any qualification deficiencies at the skilled-worker level. The core profile can also be adapted to address missing qualifications among unskilled workers in the closed-loop and waste economy in the long term. Thanks to the focus on work processes, the curriculum can also be easily integrated into different vocational educational systems in Europe without loss of quality.
Furthermore, a framework concept for jobs in environmental technology was generated, which further supports the sustainable development of the environmental economy. The added value appears in the creation of a European occupational core profile and in the integration of European environmental priorities in vocational training measures.
The project was considered 2004 one of the best projects by the Leonardo da Vinci National Agencies and the European Commission.
Sectors Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities