Title Apply approach and methods for linking qualifications to the eCompetence Framework, European Qualifications Framework (CEC) and ECVET developed within EQF Code to internet-related services professions: EQF iServe
Project Number 2010-1-FR1-LEO05-14477
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project EQF iServe will take up the problem of the shortage of skilled professionals in the specific area of internet-related services at European level. It will analyse the training standards in the field of internet-related services professions in the participating European countries, provide national qualification descriptions (by learning outcomes) and will refer them to the eCompetence framework and EQF, so that the existing qualifications in this field will become more transparent and comparable. Thus, the employability of professionals in internet-related services will be improved across Europe and their professional mobility will be facilitated. Furthermore, the project partners will provide suggestions for training modules in the field of internet-related services. This will improve the training quality of VET in this sector.
Summary Rationale of this project is the growing skills shortage in internet-related jobs in several European countries (e.g. Germany, Hungary, Switzerland). This skills shortage could be overcome by employing practitioners from other European member states. However, this is hampered by the lack of transparency and comparability of qualifications for these professions at European level. Due to the great diversity of vocational training systems across Europe and the fast changing training requirements and needs of the Multimedia sector, it is often impossible for Multimedia companies intending to employ practitioners from other European countries, to determine the real professional competences and skills of potential employees from abroad.
From 2008 to 2010 the LdV Innovation transfer project EQF Code was carried out in order to improve transparency and comparability of qualifications in the specific area of e-content development. EQF Code developed a generic approach for linking internet-related jobs to eCF and EQF, but was focused on the small area of e-Content professions only. Internet-related jobs, however, encompass three main professional fields: 1. ICT professions, which are the most developed and investigated at the time being, 2. eContent professions, and 3. Internet-related services professions, which are growing the more and more important in the recent years. Therefore, the present project will take up the approach developed by the project EQF Code und transfer/ apply it to internet-related services professions, so that after project completion all fields of internet-related jobs will be linked to the eCF and EQF and thus become comparable and transparent at European level.
The project partnership consists of 8 partners from 6 EU member states plus one silent partner from Switzerland, representing the interests of the main stakeholders of employment in the field of internet related services. It is composed of Employers' Associations of Multimedia companies, private ICT consultancies (SMEs), reknowned training institutes, a National Economic Chamber, responsible for VET standards in the Multimedia sector. The project partners already have a common history in successful Leonardo projects and therefore their cooperation is based on mutual trust and reliability.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
description of new occupation profiles
Expected impact is that transparency and comparability of qualifications in this sector will be improved and the harmonisation of qualifications at EU level will be forstered.
The main outcomes and results of the project will be: 1. National qualification profiles in the field of internet-related services described by learning outcomes., 2. Linking of these qualifications to the eCF and EQF (according the EQF Code approach) 3. Comprehensive European qualification profiles for jobs in the field of internet-related services, 4. Guidelines for training institutions so that they can adapt their training offer in the field of internet-related services accordingly.