Title CHEMLAB - European apprenticeship training for chemical laboratory assistants
Project Number 2009-1-DE2-LEO04-01702-1
Project Type Partnerships
Generally speaking, the CHEMLAB partnership can contribute to a substantial improvement of the related national VET systems. The industry sectors concerned take advantage of young and
motivated non-academic technical staff having gained analytical experience for a specific labour market. Subsequently, as a consequence, this will also imply and assure higher quality standards of products for the European Single Market and for the foreign trade. This will facilitate and ensure the implementation of EU regulations and guidelines such as for environmental and food safety requirements (e.g. Guidance on the Implementation of Articles 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 of Regulation (EC) N° 178/2002 on General Food Law - Conclusions of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health). However, each of the aforementioned objectives has its specific impact:
1. The CHEMLAB-VET concept strives for accelerating up-to-date knowledge and technology transfer
from RND institutions and higher education establishments into the national VET systems and to
companies, thus bossting innovation and competitiveness.
2. The apprenticeship training closely combines theoretical-educational contents with practical
demands as tailored for this field of profession.
3. The participating laboratories should be developed as a state-of-the-art flagship institution figuring as
a future model for similar VET institutions (realizing ECVET modules) throughout Europe operating close to practice.
4. The general transpareny of the CHEMLAB concept facilitates its tranferability to other VET
relevant technical occupational fields in the industrial sector.
5. Certification and validation ensure the Europe-wide comparability of qualifications and facilitates
6. Facilitating intra-European mobility of skilled technicians, especially between different partner
countries, companies and institutions: The apprenticeship training is highly applicable to meet the
general EU efforts on mobilizing services, skills, knowledge and people throughout Europe.
By this means, the CHEMLAB approach is highly capable to meet the overall EU objectives of
improving the quality and effectiveness of education and training systems and facilitating access to
education and training systems. In this way, CHEMLAB is committed to the wider EU VET strategy
as defined in the papers "An updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education
and training" and "Delivering lifelong learning for knowledge, creativity and innovation".
The CHEMLAB partnership aims at providing and fostering a "European Quality Standard in
Analytical Vocational Education" for young apprentices in non-academic chemical training on-the-job. To that effect, an innovative VET-concept was developed based on a combined integrative
approach of theoretical education and market-orientated training close to practice on analytical
strategies and up-to-date methods of handling instrumental-technical, industrial or RTD challenges
with special regard to chromatography and mass spectrometry. As to the fields of application, the envisaged VET
programme particularly was focused on chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetical and environmental
industry requirements. For this purpose, a Central Laboratory for Instrumental Analysis (called AsiA, i.e. 'Ausbildungsstätte für instrumentelle Analytik') was installed at the Technische Universität München (Germany) to coach non-academic, in-firm trainees both in theoretical and practical chemical analytical techniques. Similar institutions are available in the partner countries Georgia (Tbilisii), Greece (Thessaloniki), Poland (Poznan) and Turkey (Gebze). This multinational approach started with a partnership of institutions from the five EU member states and associated countries and was realized in close reference to the dual VET-system in Germany as a paradigm suitable to be adapted beyond.
The partnership characterized by a wide range of natural sciences educational levels still gains experience as to the demands, pre-conditions and chances of providing a flexible, transferable and innovative high quality VET concept for technical specialists in the relevant industry sectors throughout Europe.
Note that Czech Republic could not sign the contract in time. Thus this partner could not participate during the project period. On the other hand, not financed (by the partnership) partners from Georgia and Poland joined the project.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
program or curricula
open and distance learning
material for open learning
description of new occupation profiles