Project Type Networks
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The project "European Qualification Framework - Praxis and Information Network" (EQF-PIN) links employee-oriented organizations and trade unions from Europe in a network. Topic of the network is the question what conditions are necessary to implement successfully EQF from the perspective of employees and employee-related organizations. As partners and representatives of workers trade unions and trade union training provider need expertise concerning EQF, its functioning and its effects on employees, e.g.consequences for collective bargaining, recognition of skills, issues of data security etc.
The EQF marks a new step for employees in Europe. The assessment of competences and the comparability of qualifications will have an effect on the realisation of employee interests (e.g. learning pathways and upgrading). Trade unions and training providers understand themselves as partners and counsellors of employees and their interests. To match this responsibility the employee oriented organisations have to build up expertise concerning the EQF and its functioning and impact on bargaining, assessment of competences, permeability etc.
PIN comprises 15 partner and 25 associated partners from 12 European countries. The consortium seeks to address the following needs and constraints:
1. Information about the EQF impact on employee-oriented subjects, e.g. bargaining, data protection, matching, learning pathways and upgrading.
2. Structured education of key actors: Actors representing the employees’ perspective need the corresponding knowledge on the practical handling of the EQF: What instruments and tools do we need? Which facilities have to be established? How can actors be supported?
3. Empowerment of employee oriented actors: the EQF implementation must be transparent and employee interests (permeability and transparency) must be secured to get general acceptance. This also implicates the empowerment of employee oriented actors to be clear on consequences on the EQF.
4. Combined expertise: PIN wants to identify best practice and generate synergy effects through using the “knowledge triangle”, as formulated by the EC (2007/C300/01)
5. Upgrading: Workers need to develop their aptitudes and skills in order to meet the needs for their work and also for their “non-economic” aspirations. Especially low qualified employees must be upgraded as formulated by the EC New Skills for New Jobs Initiatives 2009.
The targets of PIN are
• Organizing a moderated knowledge and best practice transfer
• Increase and strengthen an employee-oriented network on the EQF
• Studies on the influence of the EQF/NEF in 12 countries by organising 2-5 focus groups per country which will give feedback on the consequences of the EQF. The results will be aggregated in national impact analyses.
• Formulating a national and a European strategy for an employee-oriented implementation of the EQF
• Developing national action plans to implement the national strategy
• Creating a Learning platform to raise awareness of trade union actors for the EQF
• Training multipliers on general and crucial issues regarding the EQF
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Other Service Activities
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
material for open learning
1. National impact analyses
2. European strategy paper on the impact of the EQF
3. National action plans
4. Learning platform
5. Online education material
6. Workshops for promoting the project results
7. Brochures summarising the achievements of PIN