Title Recognition and Development of Vocational Education and Training Competencies - PEIRA
Project Number 2010-1-IT1-LEO05-01096
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
PEIRA project aimed to transfer to the Italian context the results of the LLP-TOI project RPLO - Recognition of Prior Learning Outcomes (2008 – 2010) which developed a method for implementing - at UK level and for the VET sector - the Cedefop European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning.
The results PEIRA intends to achieve, in its two years duration, are the following: the development of a general model of recognition of prior learning, to be tested on the VET sector in Lombardy and Lazio regions; the application of the model in the two Italian regions and in the partner countries through experimentations on the level 4 and 5/6 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF); the strengthening of the basis for improving the VET offer in Italy and in the partner countries.
PEIRA (from ancient Greek πειραʹ: experience, direct knowledge of something acquired over time by means of observation and practice) is a multilateral project financed within the LLP - Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation and addresses the priority "Transparency and recognition of competences and qualifications”.
The issue of recognition and certification of prior learning acquired in non-formal and informal contexts is debated in European and national policies on Lifelong Learning since 2004, when the EU member states agreed the Common European Principles for Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning (followed in 2009 by the European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning developed by Cedefop).
In the UK, the new National Qualification Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is the Qualification and Credit Framework [QCF] which has been implemented since November 2008 and is both EQF and ECVET compatible. The UK Sector Skills Council Lifelong Learning UK has implemented National Occupational Standards for Teachers and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector since 2007. The RPLO project has developed a number of significant products approved by the UK National Agency. The RPLO results have been transferred from England to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In Italy the accreditation of VET Trainers lacks a coherent structure, quality level and compatibility with the EQF, the European Credit System for VET, and the Cedefop European Guidelines. Transfer of Innovations in the Recognition of Prior Learning [RPL] for VET Trainers in the UK, France, Switzerland and the Baltic States will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Italian VET.
Therefore, the main objective of PEIRA is to develop an appropriate model of RPL for VET Trainers to meet the needs of Lombardy and Lazio. PEIRA consortium includes beside the Italian partners (HEI, two Provinces, VET stakeholders including social partners) European partners from Croatia, France, Lithuania, Switzerland and the UK reflecting different approaches to the development and implementation of RPL for VET Trainers.
The results PEIRA project achieved are:
1. Developing of an appropriate model of RPL-Recognition of Prior Learning for VET Trainers to meet the needs of Regions Lombardy and Lazio. The adapted model refers to the Italian Classification Systems (ATECO 2007; NUP06; Maps of Economical Professional Areas integrated in the Standard Professional System that is currently being formed) and to the already existing transparency instruments (Citizen's Training Booklet)
2. Implementing of the model in these Regions and the Partner countries through pilots at EQF Level 4 and 5/6 through a process of formative dissemination and consensus building
3. Evaluating and Quality Assuring the process and results of the project
4. Reporting on the project results and provide the basis for the improvement of VET provision across Italy and in the Partner countries.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
description of new occupation profiles
transparency and certification
Tangible outcomes of the project are the implementation of a EU-compatible approach to RPL for VET Trainers and improved quality for the Italian VET system and the participating countries.
Intangible outcomes are a strengthening of mutual learning between countries covering a range of stages of development of VET systems and promoting greater solidarity to support the development of a European labour market.
The impact envisaged is a significant improvement in Italian CVET and EU VET systems through mutual learning.