Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Paintingskills project is an example of ECVET in practical use. The project is based on the painting business in a row of European countries
The project has developed a website where employees and employers in the painting sector can find the qualifications of skilled painters in the participaing countries. This allows enterprises to find out which qualifications they can expect from workers from other countries and workers to find out which qualifications that are expected when they want to work abroad.
Also the project tries to show a way to adopt the ECVET system in the painting sector
Currently the vocational training for painters varies exceedingly between the EU member states in duration, content and complexity: In some countries vocational education and training (VET) for painters is limited to one short-lived training on-the-job taking only a couple of weeks. Other countries instead provide comprehensive apprenticeships consisting of a complementary combination of trainings-off-the-job and on-the-job, taking up to three years and offering the opportunity for further vocational training finally leading to a master craftsman certificate. Hence painters across Europe show very different competence and skill profiles, although they often hold quite similar job or qualification titles.
Despite the Directive 2005/36/EC which provides for the mutual recognition of qualifications at European level, the real employability of painters from other Member States is still hampered by the fact that employers can hardly judge the professional expertise and competences of job applicants from abroad. The lack of transparency and comparability still impedes the professional mobility of painters inside Europe. However, the mobility of professionals from the painting sector is getting increasingly important. With the adoption of the European directive on services on 28th December 2006, painting contractors will the more and more refer to painters from other European countries, e.g. to carry out cross-border contracts or just to supply the need for specially trained painters which can not be found inland. The European project partners involved in the project all suffer from this situation and are therefore keen to solve this problem.
The previous and preparatory work for this project has been done by special expert groups of the European Commission who recently finalised the “Recommendation on the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning”, presented in September 2006, as well as the “Working Document for the development of a European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training – ECVET”, presented in October 2006. Both these instruments are central to the fulfilment of the EU’s objectives of increased transparency of qualifications: The EQF by introducing common reference levels for qualifications, the ECVET by facilitating the transfer and recognition of people’s learning outcomes. Both documents have in common that they focus on learning outcomes in terms of statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process. The use of learning outcomes in describing qualification levels will help to compare the diverse qualifications at European level and will even facilitate the validation of learning taking place outside formal education and training institutions. Recognising these competences as well is especially important for painters from countries with a predominantly practical and non-formal approach of vocational training. However, the EQF will only be relevant to individuals and employers after the referencing process has been carried out at national and sectoral level, i.e. national and sectoral qualification levels have to be related to the various qualification levels of the EQF. This is what the project partners will do in the context of the project, collaborating closely with the national authorities in charge of VET for painters. The need for this project has been identified through the annual general meetings of UNIEP (International Union of Painting Contractors). Since 10 years UNIEP members regularly discussed at these meetings the lack of transparency of painter qualifications between the EU-Member States and considered it the main reason for difficulties in the transnational cooperation among painting contractors as well as in the employment of painters from other EU-countries. The employment of painters from other countries brings about the risk of miscalculations and losses, if painting contractors are not able to judge the real knowledge, skills and competences of their foreign employees.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Real Estate Activities
transparency and certification
Product information The website and the project report is available at www.uniep.com