Title INTAKT- European Vocational Skills Training (EVST-projects) training-related learning units in internships abroad
Project Number DE/10/LLP-LdV/TOI/147319
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text European Vocational Skills Projects (EVST projects) offer an exciting alternative to simply doing an internship abroad. Trainees do not work, or do not work exclusively, at companies for these projects, but instead work on training related project tasks and bring the results presented by you at the company or at the school back home with you. The objective of these Vocational Skills Projects is to increase the learning effect of a stay abroad. The project reports can also be assessed and recognized as a training-related learning performance through the association with the framework curriculum or outline curriculum.
The INTAKT-project has set up an online database in which tasks and learning objectives for “European Vocational Skills Training-projects“ can be generated and documented as training-relevant learning achievements – and this in relation to the training curricula.
The project objective is to make possible the improved recognition of learning achievements, particularly those of participants in mobility projects who, because of a lack of previous knowledge or a lack of language skills, are hardly able to perform complex occupational activities independently in the scope of their work placements abroad which is confined to a few weeks only.
There is a rising demand for work placements abroad during an initial vocational training. However, most of the participants can be released from vocational schools or training companies no longer than 3-4 weeks. In most cases, this confines their work placements abroad to short-time placements. Therefore, insufficient language skills and a lack of international experience make it difficult for them to perform complex work activities in the host country. Accordingly, work placements are confined to simple work, which do not always come up to the participants’ profiles. Above all, this is true of work in the service industry, where a great deal of the work process is characterised by communication with customers and business partners. Hence, the work placements do not always allow any conclusions to the occupational qualifications acquired during the stay abroad.
In this context, ARBEIT UND LEBEN has excellent experience with assigning the following task to participants for their work placements abroad: gather information on a training-related topic in the host country and present the result in a project report. This approach aims at upgrading so-called “intercultural investigations of occupational fields“ of the work placement programmes with regard to contents and, thus, to enable the participants to take a specific point of view and thoroughly deal with the conditions of their occupational fields and the socio-cultural circumstances of their host country, and this by means of interviews with experts and during tours of and visits to companies. At the same time, they shall prove their skills to communicate in the foreign language, to use media as well as develop some intercultural competence, which is to be understood as the ability to successfully implement objectives and tasks in a different cultural environment
However, the alignment of assigned tasks and the recognition of learning achievements is still confined to agreements with individual vocational schools and companies. To enhance this approach and to make it generally useful for projects of the trans-national advancement of mobility projects in the initial vocational training, it would take a platform which makes curricula, learning objectives and evaluation criteria transparent and facilitate the sharing of information of the sending and hosting organisations.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
Other Service Activities
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
material for open learning
The EVST database is at the core of European Vocational Skills Training supporting this transfer. Vocational schools and mobility agencies in Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland and Spain were involved in developing it.
The database serves to make it easier for partner organizations and participants participating in a transnational mobility project to coordinate learning processes and learning performances with each other in a dialog process. It is adapted by user navigation to the process steps of a mobility project in order to facilitate project organization and coordination. In addition, the learning performances can be documented in a certificate that can be added as an attachment to the "Europass-Mobility."
The EVST project database will help you to create project tasks, look at project tasks already completed or simply to find a body responsible for the project, which takes over the project organization for the trainee or student.
Trainees, interested in an job related stay abroad, can find information in the public area about mobility projects and sending organizations and apply for participation. You will also find examples of "European Career Field Explorations" in order to develop ideas for your own project work.
The internal area contains all functions that are required for applying for a mobility project, the coordination of learning objectives, the type of problems for "European Vocational Skills Training Projects" as well as for documentation of the learning performances acquired abroad.