Title Lepex- In company LEarning Process EXpert
Project Number LLP-LDV/TOI/2007/IT/186
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The main objectives were to gain a detailed understanding of the common competences required by in company tutors; to identify additional knowledge and skills that would be of benefit to staff operating in the role, and whether these competences are transferable across company size, sector and partner countries.
As a result of this work a number of tools and support materials have been developed and tested, that will support the in company tutor role; a competence profile which outlines the key core competences required to undertake such a role; a glossary of terms commonly used and a series of individual reports form partners organisations involved in the project as to their role, research undertaken and the findings.
Summary The aim of the Le-Pex In Company Learning Process Expert project was to identify the common knowledge, skills and attributes required by in company trainers. This was with particular reference to SMEs and staff who have the responsibility for designing, delivering and evaluating workplace training programmes for a variety of different types of learners from Students on work experience, internships, apprenticeships and ongoing staff development. This would ensure a more effective learning experience for both the individual learner and the company.
The proposal is made due to the neccessity to optimize the effectiveness of the pedagogical organisation which, within workplaces (such as SMEs) can be intentionally deployed so as to encourage a more effective learning experience achieved by:
-young students who need to alternate their studies periodically with the working world, even if only with guidance value, in order to complete their learning path.
-adults, who are already in employment and need to up date their professional skills in order to adapt them to the competitive needs of the company.
To date, and most of all within SMEs ,such pedagogical organisation is focused on the company trainer figure. This trainer is often “temporary” and given the role because of his/her technical–professional expertise in work processes. He/she generally acts as tutor/supporter with respect to the learner. From the perspective of optimising the specific training strengths of the workplace it is crucial to develop the training competences of such figures, particularly so as to allow them to act with greater understanding and awareness together with teachers and trainers and with employees within an organisation that has an explicit educational and training mission (schools, training agencies, universities).
Therefore, the main aim of the project was the realisation of the transfer of devices, tools and excellent practice, through their adaptation and use in organisational contexts and of VET system of other regions and countries, which were retraceable within the pilot project ‘Prometeo’ and referable to the competence profile of the tutor or “expert in learning processes in the company”. The final aim of the transfer implied the sharing reached between partners (even at a local network level,activated by themselves) of requisits of competence of the expert in such a way that they were : a) valid even out of the contexts of their primary genesis and resulting in efficient facilitiation of intentional learning in the workplace, b) reproducable through the sustainable re-use of final results on the part of direct recipients and potential; c) valueable in terms of ‘value of use” by recipients/users (tutors and experts) and “value of exchange” by direct beneficiaries (trainees and coachees), indirect beneficiaries (educators and trainers working within an institutional context of formal learning)and social partners and stakeholders
Other Service Activities
The CD was designed to provide tools and training materials for employees in companies who are responsible for organising and providing training and mentoring in the workplace. It is also a report of the EU funded project which produced them.The CD is divided in the three sections:
The Project: describes the project carried out and can take you to the web sites of the partners who were involved
The Framework of the Project: describes the methodology used to develop the tools and training materials
The Results: contains the tools and training materials that will be useful for the in-company trainer.