Title The Value of Work (VOW)
Project Number IS/05/B/F/-164006
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text In “The Value of Work” (VOW) project, a model was developed for recognizing competencies acquired in the workplace. Transferable methods and tools were developed and tested in the banking sector and in two transfer sectors. The model and the transfer to other sectors proved successful.
Summary The project developed transferrable competence standards to be used when validating individuals against job standards. Sub- standards were developed in banking, administration and home care sector. Methods and tools for validation were developed and tested with a group of participants in 3 partner countries. The process was considered motivating towards further learning and for becoming better at the current job. Participating countries: Iceland (promoter), Sweden, Cyprus, Denmark, England and Slovenia (see contact information on project website).
The project focused on the validation of non-formal and informal learning of people with little formal education. Through the process of validation the competencies of participants are documented, evaluated and validated in order to open gateways to new opportunities in lifelong learning. The workplace is seen as an important learning arena. Through the validation process the individual will gain an overview of his/her skills to build on further lifelong learning. This can be a very motivational factor for continuing learning. Through participating in validation, the company can develop its human resources operation, strengthening the company and giving it a better position in the competitive market. The main target groups of the project are people with little formal education, companies, guidance counsellors and relevant stakeholders. Validation is seen as a tool for raising participation in lifelong learning and through that, the competence level of a company; of a community; of a nation.
The project developed methods and tools for validating competencies acquired in the workplace, transferable between sectors. Professional task groups were established in each partner country which role was to participate in the development of methods and tools and dissemination of project findings. The pilot executed focused on validating employees within the banking sector (3 countries) and then the methods and tools were successfully tested in transfer sectors (2 countries). The main product is the model developed in the pilot which has proven to be transferable between sectors. Next steps will be to test it in new sectors in partner countries in order to validate the competencies of the main target group and open new opportunities for them towards learning and a better position on the labour market.
The partner countries will be using the material in new pilots in banking and transfer sectors, as well as in the training of assessors and advisers in the validation process. Most countries are working on establishing a pathway for the methodology in their countries at a national level through cooperation with relevant stakeholders. The ETSC in Iceland will validate a new group in banking early year 2008 through cooperation with banks, educational provider and relevant stakeholders. Slovenia plans a project which in cooperation with Centres for lifelong learning in Slovenia, the title: Recognition of non-formal and informal learning in the centres of lifelong learning. In Uk it is planned to look at extending this model into other sectors and work is beginning with the print sector. It is also planned to look at banking systems in the four government systems. In Cyprus, as validation is a new process, the focus is on making this model available for employees in the banking sector but also for people who work in other sectors, such as the home care and nursing homes, and unemployed. In Denmark a member of the Professional Task Group representing the Financial Services Union has implemented the results and the products from the Value of Work project in their department’s training strategy and thus potentially to all members of the union. Service representatives are having their competence recognized and many of them have continued their studies on an upper secondary school level and at university level.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
transparency and certification
description of new occupation profiles
Handbook of standards: Description of how the standards used in the validation process were developed. Available in English on the project website.
Handbook of methods and tools: Description of the methodology used in the validation process in the project. Available in all partner languages on the project website.
Guideline brochure: Description of the pilot experience, process and results. Available in all partner languages, printed and on the project website.
Project website: Including a description of the project and partnership, pilot summaries, all the above mentioned project products and external evaluation material (including feedback from participants and stakeholders).
Final conference: Focused on a dissemination of the project material on an international level. The project was introduced and products and processes were reviewed in interactive workshops. Two international experts on workplace learning and EU issues spoke at the events.