Title FOOD-SKILLS. Recognition of competences and qualifications in the EU food industry
Project Number ES/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/149065
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project contributes to the development of the qualification systems and frameworks in the sector of Food Industries of Spain, Germany, France, Bulgaria and Italy. The use of the European common tools, developed to promote transparency and recognition, will involve an interesting contribution for the development of the national qualification frameworks in each of those countries. The adjustment of the European tools in the sectors and national frameworks implies facilitating, on one hand, the fulfilment of the Lisbon 2010 aims, regarding the increase of the qualification levels in the member States; on the other hand, this will allow the compliance with the recommendation of the European Parliament (2006), according to which, in 2011 all qualifications provided by the national authorities must refer to the EQF.
From the 90s, food industries have been submitted to structural changes derived from globalisation of the economy, introduction of new technologies, changes in the organisation of work, adaptation to environmental, quality and food safety regulations, which, in turn, have generated new needs of qualification and of vocational training. According to the information from Eurostat the producing industry of food is one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy of the European Union, with an annual production of 600.000 million Euros. The sector has an active population of more than 2,6 million personnel, that suppose 14,5 % of the total occupation of the manufacturing sectors of the EU. 30 % of the occupation develops in the small and medium companies (SMEs), which are spread through the whole European geography. The sector receives a lot of not qualified workers (youngest with school failure, immigrant, not qualified adults, temporary workers, etc.), who have difficulties of access and participation in the vocational training programs. The low educational level reached by the working population implies that the non formal and informal learning is a very important component of the professional qualification in this sector. The social partners, the public Administrations, the companies and the training centres of the different countries of the EU, consider that the recognition and accreditation of competences acquired by non formal, informal learning and by labour experience will facilitate the access of the workers to the permanent learning strategy of the EU, will help to improve the mobility, and will provide the qualifications in the sector with transparency.
In this respect, the tools proposed by the EU in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), Europass and ECVET are a fundamental referent for the development of the qualifications in all the productive sectors, since they advance solutions harmonized in the area of the EU.
AIMS. The general aim of the project is the exchange of experiences among the social partners, the training centres, the companies and the public Administrations, to adapt a methodology of recognition of the non formal and informal learning in the training strategies of the food sector of the European Union, taking as a reference the results from Euromeat (ES/05/C/F/RF-80900) and the tools of the EU about the recognition and transparency of qualifications.
The main goal of FOODSKILLS is to adapt a recognition methodology of the non formal and informal learning in the training strategies of the food sector in the European Union, taking as a main reference the results of the Euromeat project (ES/05/C/F/RF-80900) and the EU tools for the recognition and transparency of the qualifications (EQF, Europass, ECVET).
The specific aims are:
- To make a socio-labor analysis and to elaborate a map of competences based on the learning outcomes.
- To adapt a methodology of evaluation, recognition and accreditation of qualifications, acquired by non formal and informal learning, adapted to EQF, Europass and ECVET.
- To make an e-learning proposal, addressed to Public Administrations, companies, training centres and social agents, in order to incorporate the recognition of non formal and informal learning in the training strategy of this sector in each country.
- To elaborate and to disseminate a guide for the transparency of qualifications in the food sector in the EU.
Participant countries are Germany, Bulgaria, France, Spain and Italy, which are relevant countries for the development of the food industry in the EU. The association is composed by training centres (IFES, bfw), social agents (FTA-UGT), universities (CERES), technological provider of VET (Formación 2020) and consultants (Europroject, Euroquality). Indirect collaborators are Public Administrations (INCUAL), University of Barcelona (UAB-CIFO), the European Federation of Food Trade Unions (EFFAT).
The main results will be:
- National and international reports with the proposal of a methodology of recognition, evaluation and accreditation of non formal and informal learning.
- Design of a training action, addressed to the training responsibles, in order to incorporate the recognition methodology in the training strategy of the sector.
- To draw up a guide for the recognition of non formal training in this sector.
- Evaluation and dissemination of the results by all partners.
The expected impact is to design a methodology for the recognition of non formal and informal learning linked to training; increasing of the qualification level of the workers in this sector; increasing of mobility; bigger transparency of the labor market.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Sectors Accommodation and Food Service Activities
material for open learning
Product information The main results of the project are focused on the elaboration of a map of competences of the sector in Europe, the identification of the characteristics of the National Qualification Systems and their relation with the non formal and informal learning; valued the suitability of the offers of EQF, ECVET and Europass for the sector; proposed the adjustment of a system of accreditations based on Europass; and established a tool of evaluation of competences to measure the results of learning and to identify the training needs regarding competences.