Title Acknowledged additional qualification with collaborative cross boarder vocational education and training - ZQ GVA +
Project Number DE/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/147264
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Boundless apprenticeship plus additional qualification: the road to an attractive and future-oriented vocational education and training in 5 countries.
In practical co-operation with apprentices, experts from companies and professional colleges a need was identified in regulated additional qualification on "international expertise".
The rapidly increasing demand for high quality and supported mobility in the field of collaborative cross-border vocational education and training (GVA) in the previous ITP project "GVA / Crafts" shows how urgent SMEs favor the internationalization of education. A purely professional and national oriented vocational training is good. But only internationally trained professionals can follow up the internationalisation of the businesses community. However, it is not enough to offer high-quality mobility of varying duration to students. Necessary is a well-described qualification offer, internationally comparable outcomes with theoretical content and a nationally recognized qualification. On the one hand there is a need for this kind of qualification and the associated skills. On the other hand for aspiring professionals a qualification is only attractive, if it is recognized by regionally anchored organizations, and if it will be evaluated equally abroad (keyword: ECVET and EQF). The important thing is primarily to represent exactly these additional skills.
Next to the "normal" GVA an additional qualification package will be created within this project. Planed is an additional variant of ZQ for international expertise, as an alternative to the "Europe assistant". Relative to the regulated additional qualification "Europe assistant in the crafts" with stays abroad from 3-15 weeks, which has been introduced in North Rhine-Westphalia already, the new and 2nd variant will offer long-term stays abroad of more than 4 months and covers a broader curriculum - working title "ZQ + GVA".
The aim is to develop a mature additional qualification for high-potential graduate students in DE. The formulation of competence based learning outcomes and their description according to ECVET makes ZQ comparable ("transparency / recognition). The adaptation and testing of selected units will be performed in France in the course system of the partners, in the Netherlands in the classes of the ROC and in Norway on modules. The development of a career approach facilitates the classification of ZQ as a career move.
In the second project focus the structures of GVA will be improved and expanded to more practical orientation, as to be able to supply a broad-established offer in future.
Based on the approved concept of "Europe assistant in crafts and skilled trades", one in North Rhine-Westfalia already established, regulated additonal qualification inicluding stays abroad from 2-4 months - working title ZQ GVA + - will be developed. It is the aim to devolope a state-recognized additional qualification for GVA in Germany, to offer a predictable and attractive qualification to apprentices. This qualification provides recognition in other European education systems by a precise description of the learning outcomes and the overall clasification of the qualification on EQF level.
B) Selected units of the existing German qualification "Europe assistant in Crafts" will be adapted, transfered to and tested in France, Norway and the Netherlands in order to establish comparable offers. The comparability of qualifications and skills plays a major role (keyword: ECVET). Furthermore GVA structures will be improved and strengthend to a broad-established offer in future.
C) Furthermore the existing partner networks (which stand for GVA implementation following certain quality criteria) will be extended to establish a wide range of GVA at a consistant high-level of quality in Europe together with partners who are reliable contact persons for apprentices and companies looking for business partners.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
program or curricula
open and distance learning
material for open learning
transparency and certification
Based on experiences of German VET schools the adapted curriculum of the “Europe assistant in Crafts and Skilled Trades” was translated into English and French and forwarded to Partners in FR, NOR and NL for country specific modifications.
In December 2010 the first course with 15 apprentices started in France. In Norway 5 apprentices take part, they have had their examination already in June 2011.
The curriculum for the new additional qualification is also completed. It is color-coded integrated in the curriculum of the Europaassistenten. The name of the new qualification is "Europaassistent/in PLUS (HWK)".