Title N.E.T.WORK - ECVET system for No borders in tourism' hospitality European Training and WORK
Project Number 147788-LLP-1-2008-1-IT-ECVET
Project Type Other EU-Projects
Individual Participation Not possible
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The N.E.T.WORK project intends to coordinate, redirect and integrate with the ECVET framework those processes, procedures and tools recognised as effectively testable in the partner countries. The partnership will produce: a coordinated reference framework for the development and testing of ECVET; the definition, validation and certification – within existing training paths in the chosen qualifications area (tourist welcoming, specifically, hotel and alternative lodging reception) – of congruent and measurable “modules” (learning outcomes and units), valid for all the partner countries; the congruence of ECVET-related certifications and their recognition within formal systems. The core of the project is, therefore, the design of specific tools for the common definition, delivery, recognition and validation of modular training pathways within the ECVET system. These will be tested to identify strengths and weaknesses in supporting credit transfer and accumulation, as well as mobility.
The project “N.E.T.WORK - ECVET system for No borders in tourism' hospitality European Training and WORK”, pursues the following general objectives: to constitute a partnership with a common operational framework for the development and testing of the ECVET system for the accumulation and transfer of credits in education and vocational training, allowing the documentation and certification of learning achievement during training outside the “limits of the system”; to carry out tests within the ECVET system with reference to the specific target of beneficiaries of vocational training pathways and eventual mobility projects, in tourism and hospitality management with particular focus on the reception areas in hotel and alternative lodging structures; to define and implement specific ECVET techniques and produce methodologies, specifications, guidelines and handbook to widen the expected impact of testing; to empower system mainstreaming interventions to contribute to strengthening the results of the general ECVET system in a wider EU context.
The innovative expected outcome of the project, stands in the idea of proceeding in an analytical analysis of the different professional profiles agreed by the partnership for the experimentation and in its declination: in Learning Outcomes, in function of their evaluation, validation and recognition during “certification” processes; in Learning Units in terms of the knowledge, skills and competences to be acquired (qualitative dimension); and in the provision and application of credits, both to the L.O. and to units in order to articulate their weight in function of its possible transfer into the various national standards.(quantitative dimension).
Therefore the credits would illustrate the proportion that the unit represents in relation to the qualification, facilitating in this way the transfer of learning results and establishing a reference point that is common to the qualification systems.
To this ends the partnership will identify and produce specific work procedures both for the actuation of the subsequent testing and for the definition of appropriate tools for the registration of the credit recognised for each learning outcome. The partnership will proceed in parallel to correlate the units for the capitalisation and accumulation of credits with the levels indicated by the EQF.
The project is oriented specifically toward the application and development of the ECVET system in the area of reception in hotel structures, for which, in all the partner countries, the opportunity appears evident of starting up/consolidating both a functional formalisation of partnerships aimed at translating the orientations and applications already underway into lasting systematic accepted practices, and the coordinated and approved testing of such practices.
The project, therefore, does not intend to propose either new instruments or new procedures in the reference areas of the ECVET system, but on the contrary to coordinate, redirect and integrate within ECVET those processes which, in the current situation of the partner nations, have been recognised from the preliminary phase as effectively testable and which can be attributed to that system.
In relation to this, the project includes a series of work phases which call for a continuous and profound sharing of the methodologies for the analysis and description of training profiles, which will be tested in the national contexts of the partnership, in particular: - Description and selection of the training profiles to be tested; - Sharing and validation of the description methods for the learning outcomes and units; - Description of the training profiles by learning outcomes and units; - Quantification and attribution of credit points; - Definition of Learning Outcomes verification systems; - Constitution of partners’ agreements for the implementation of the experimentation; - Fine-tuning the Experimentation Plan; - Experimentation; - Validation and dissemination of the ECVET system guidelines.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Analysing and writing learning outcomes
Units of learning outcomes
Assessment of learning outcomes
transparency and certification
In general terms, the “product” of the project, as previously indicated, will consist in two substantial outputs:
- the stipulation of agreements/conventions aimed at providing validation and continuity on the part of the competent organisations of the partnership to the approved recognition/certification defined through the ECVET methods, and to broaden as much as possible the area of approved applicability;
- the creation and application of common instruments for the definition, actuation, validation and certification of modular training paths, already existing in the partner countries, within the ECVET system (including in these also the processes of support, validation and recognition of LLL & LWL training experiences)with the goal of facilitating mobility in various training phases.
The focus of this operation will be the generalised application to the reference training paths of the methodology of learning by competences, and the consequent process of analytical splitting up of the differentiated aspects of the learning outcomes registered in that path, which makes possible the use of Learning Outcomes as the elements of an approved reassembling into coherent blocks of training results ( Units) but also and especially as unitary elements, distinctly recognisable and measurable in a prospective of accentuated flexibility of the Units themselves.
This formulation may allow the creation of a more analytical and therefore more easily shared specification of the ECVET grid,through rendering objective the value of the various Learning Outcomes in “credits” within those which can altogether be assigned to the Unit(s) to which they refer