Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Nationally accredited qualifications recognising knowledge and capability in the use of open systems and web based applications
Summary The aim was to set up financially self-sustaining centres in EU member states to provide accredited qualifications in ICT related to Open Systems and web based technologies. This project was based on 9 Work Packagers. Details are at www.theingots.org/community/LDVTOIhome
The INGOT transfer of innovation project provides a European Standard for accredited qualifications supporting learning about Open Systems and transition to web based technologies. There is currently no similar nationally accredited qualification in Europe in the pre-tertiary sector. Based on currently successful innovative practice in the UK, the INGOT programme reduces qualification costs and lowers barriers to entry to formal qualifications in previously excluded social groups. The impact of this project was to directly support EU citizens in socially disadvantaged groups and younger ages, to gain vocationally related qualifications facilitating their personal development. This was supported by improvements in quality through innovation in VET delivery systems and practice.
Key objectives were:
To support personal development through the universal take up of formal, nationally accredited qualifications, cross-referenced with the EQF, by lowering barriers to entry.
To provide a focus that facilitates migration of SMEs, schools and government organisations from proprietary desktop technologies to open web based technologies enabling a more competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy.
To enable the set up of new service led businesses that support open systems throughout Europe with a focus on transparency of competencies, under-pinning grades that are easy to read and compare and support credit accumulation and transfer.
The project was managed as a partnership between small scale enterprises with a potential for significant employment growth. It included education professionals with extensive experience in senior management at national levels with a track record in innovation and enterprise in their respective countries. Experience included the public and private sectors and transnational co-operation through EU and Open Source community projects.
The project has resulted in extending the range of units supporting the European Qualifications Framework, initially through accreditation in the UK Qualifications Credit Framework, followed by accreditation in Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and Czech Republic. Translation of the supporting materials into 5 partner languages which was an essential part of the process. Creative Commons licensing enabled the widest possible audience. 100 teachers were trained as assessor trainers and financially self-sufficient quality assurance centres were set up in each partner country, providing local service industry employment.
The INGOT qualifications reflect the participative styles of Web 2.0 technologies and Open Source communities. Improved coherence in the pathways from pre-entry level to Level 3 lowers the barriers to participation, supporting inclusion and social and cultural cohesion increasing the take up of formal qualifications by younger children and groups currently not in education, employment or training.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administrative and Support Service Activities
program or curricula
material for open learning
open and distance learning
transparency and certification
Product information Products provide certification at Entry and 2 in the UK QCF (No EQF equivalent) and EQF levels 1, 2 and 3.