Title ECVET Qualifications for Mechanised Forest Harvesting
Project Number LLP-LdV-TOI-2009-LT-0044
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text This project will transform forestry training curricula in Latvia and Lithuania by strengthening existing curricula A (specific technical content relevant to each harvesting method) and by developing completely new curricula B (deals with country specific content). By creating curricula B and unified student’s assessment criteria this project directly enhances the attractiveness of vocational education and facilitates mobility.
Currently throughout Europe qualifications in vocational education are awarded at college or national level and very often are little understood beyond national boundaries. This project aims address this situation by producing agreed evaluation criteria for the evaluation of student performance. In the previous Leonardo project (on which this proposal is based) training curricula were divided into currriculum A (specific technical content relevant to each harvesting method) and curriculum B which dealt with country specific content.
The main aims of this project include:
• Transfer of the modular approach to curriculum development produced in IEFHR to two new EU countries, namely; Latvia and Lithuania;
• Curricula development for two methods of mechanized forest harvesting (curricula A) in the two new EU countries in line with the models developed in IEFHR;
• elaboration of country specific curricula (curricula B) in the two new EU countries;
• determination of evaluation criteria for assessing student performance.
The partnership comprises forestry educational and training organizations and professional organisations in the field of forest harvesting operations.
The tangible outcomes will include:
• Adopted curricula structure in two new EU countries;
• Two modified curricula A in the two new EU countries;
• An expanded network of participating EU countries in the field of curricular development in forestry education and training;
• An emerging development and adoption of an ECVET system for forestry education and training.
The intangible outcomes will include:
• Improved international relations;
• Networking amongst forest sectors in an expanded group of EU countries.
The impact of the project will be a more developed and robust mechanized forest harvesting resource in the EU with common curricula structures and evaluation facilitating greater mobility of trainers, students and machine operators.
Forest management involves a variety of activities, among which wood harvesting is one of the most complicated and expensive. In a given forest it is possible during harvesting operations, to produce a variety of products. It is critically important that this assortment is done correctly so as to maximize the return for the Enterprise. It has been estimated that properly trained and qualified forest machine operators can increase the financial return to the Enterprise by 20-25 % when compared with untrained and unqualified operators.
The main problem of Enterprises in Baltic counties is a lack of skilled forest machine operators. They have neither the knowledge nor the skills needed to correctly operate modern forest machines.
Currently there is a variety of wood harvesting machinery and methods in the partner countries represented in this proposal. It is very important to select the optimal harvesting technologies and to have highly qualified and efficient workers.
Highly qualified workers reduce wage costs by more then 10 % and increase the value of the round timber products up to 25 %. In Lithuania in financial terms this equates to around €20 million/year. Therefore it is crucially important to improve the quality of the training for forest machine operators and to organize in-service courses for the currently working forest machine operators.
Every EU country has specific training programs for forest machine operators. Those programs are not uniform and they reflect peculiarities of the forestry, wood harvesting traditions and technologies in each country. When improving the training for timber harvesting machine operators in Baltic countries it is important to transfer the success and innovations of the training process from other EU countries where this training is well developed.
The Scandinavian experience, where the 90-95% of total round wood production is produced by modern forest machinery and the Irish experience (due to recent economic success and rapid technological growth) is very relevant for Baltic countries. It is important to improve the training programs for forest machine operators in Lithuania in conjunction with the other Baltic countries. Such improved training will reduce wage costs and result in better quality and higher valued assortment in the forest. Improved training for forest machine operators will increase the opportunity for trained operators to avail of employment opportunities in other EU countries
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
transparency and certification
program or curricula
The elaboration of transferred and in proved curriculum A and B and improved qualification (Latvia and Lithuania) extends the opportunity for forest machine operators throughput the EU to assimilate timber harvesting specific and to avail of employment outside of their own country. The knowledge of EU countries specific and peculiarities of timber harvesting technologies in each country will reduce the time of adaptation in the new working place what leads to better working efficiency and reduced costs.
This mobility is further enhanced through the development of agreed assessment criteria and unified certificate for forest machine operators.