Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Employee-oriented counselling with regard to professional development is a key factor to encourage and win individuals to take part in lifelong learning. To bring up and strengthen an approach for a structured competence model for a counsellor as a learning mentor was the main focus of this project. The project developed a recognised qualification for Learning Mentors within the education and training systems of five EU-countries – with the possibility to transfer it to other EU member states due to its embedding in the EQF. The project made a first approach to professionalize career counseling on the shop floor and made the necessity of a workplace based “promoter” for lifelong learning visible. This promoter cared about possibilities in regard to individual career development as well as about continuously training on the shop floor/in the production lines.
The Learning Mentor needs to focus especially on three key elements: 1.guidance (and life) as a path with many alternatives, 2. support for individuals in making the paths and the solutions visible, 3. offering of tools to answer these questions/challenges. Therefore guidance in education should be formally recognised and improved by fixing state-of-the-art-standards for methodologies, the use of ICT to support the counselling process. This is even more important considering social changes like inconstant occupational biographies, demographic changes and the increase of marginalised groups. Therefore the project had developed a recognised qualification for learning mentors within the education and training systems of 5 EU-countries.
The project intented to professionalize as well as to underline the necessity of a workplace based “promoter” for lifelong learning who cares about possibilities in regard to individual career development as well as about continuously training on the shop floor/in the production lines. The qualification of a learning mentor had to assure the assessment, recognition and classification of qualifications and skills to increase educational, employment and mobility chances according to the EU “standard” EQF. Guidelines, structured in fields of competences and learning outputs served as independent learning units/modules for learning mentors. The modules have been piloted with 80 employee and staff representatives. They have been adapted to the structures and legal conditions in 5 countries and adapted to EQF and EC-VET to assure quality and support the transferability of the products.
Description The consortium was comprised to assure the transfer of three important innovative products and concepts. First the basis for a professional- and competence profile for learning mentors which has been delivered by the Irish partner. Secondly a state of the art methodology in terms of target group specific career coaching and thirdly – in order to support the learning mentors adequately – a systematic advice infrastructure in form of an interactive, target group-specific, web-based career planning instrument.
Sectors Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
program or curricula
Key outcomes are: a qualification for learning mentors provided with EC-VET transferable within EU, a professional profile and a competence profile for learning mentors adapted to the EQF, learning modules with corresponding guidelines and checklists, pilot courses for the training of 80 employee and staff representatives, a European Handbook for Learning Mentors, an European-wide transferable web-instrument for individual career development advice based on the German JOBNAVIGATOR.
All products have been developed in close cooperation of all participating partners to assure high accordance and best implementation conditions.