Title FOOD-ECVET. Proposals for the application of the ECVET model in the EU food sector
Project Number 2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35742
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The FOOD-ECVET project proposes incorporating the results of Food-Skills (ES/08/LLP-LdV/TOI-149065) in order to facilitate understanding of the ECVET model by social partners in the food sector and improve the participation of workers with low-levels of qualifications in the sector’s educational and vocational training and lifelong learning programmes.
Since the end of the 90s, the food product sector (NACE 10, Manufacture of food products) has been constantly adapting to the demands of a market characterised by globalisation, technological and organisational innovation, pressure from retailers and health and safety, quality and environmental regulations (CIAA, 2009).
Companies in the sector recognise that vocational qualifications are the most important strategic factor in successfully meeting the challenges of the market; however, the sector still receives workers with low levels of qualifications (below EQF 4: eg. early school-leavers, immigrants, unqualified adults and young people) and non-formal and informal learning are the main resource for adapting workers’ qualifications to the needs of companies.
Since the 2002 Copenhagen Summit, social partners have been involved in the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) which establishes a common methodological framework to facilitate the transfer of learning credits from one qualification system to another and promote trans-national mobility and access to lifelong learning for workers.
The FOOD-ECVET project proposes incorporating the results of Food-Skills (ES/08/LLP-LdV/TOI-149065) in order to facilitate understanding of the ECVET model by social partners in the food sector and improve the participation of workers with low-levels of qualifications in the sector’s educational and vocational training and lifelong learning programmes.
FOOD-ECVET has the following objectives:
· To identify the ECVET situation in EU countries and analyse the opportunities for its application to the food industry through the description of learning outcomes, the roles of ECVET competent institutions (especially social partners) transfer of credits, appraisal, learning agreements and ECVET points.
· To establish an exchange of opinions and best practices among social partners, public administrations, companies and training centres to propose and promote a “Guide to the application of the ECVET in the food sector”.
· To prepare e-learning material for the training of training officers in the sector based on the sector’s needs and the opportunities for applying the ECVET model.
· To carry out a pilot course for training officers in the sector in different countries, checking the results and creating a proposed training strategy for the sector.
· To validate, evaluate, disseminate and promote the results of the project.
The following organizations are involved in the project:
-VET centres linked to social partners in the food sector: FESSA (Spain), IFES (Spain), IDEAS, (Ireland), BFW (Germany).
-Universities: CERES (Italy). Subcontracting: Grupo Cifo-UAB (Spain).
-Consultancy: Europroject (Bulgaria), KAI (United Kingdom).
-Technological partner: EMMERCE (Sweden).
Food-ECVET partners have successfully completed the following work packages:
1. Working organization
2. Analysis of the ECVET situation
3. Exchange of experiences and best practices
4. Defining e-learning material
5. Testing an e-learning pilot course
6. Quality Plan
7. Dissemination and valorisation
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
open and distance learning
material for open learning
program or curricula
transparency and certification
the products and results obtained in the Food-Ecvet project are:
*Project management manual.
*National reports about ECVET Situation and the opportunities in the food sector.
*Comparative report about the implementation of ECVET in the food sector.
*International report. Guide to the application of the ECVET in the food sector in the EU.
*Preparation of e-learning material.
*Evaluation reports on the e-learning course.
* Validation and evaluation of results report.
*3 promotional Newsletters and 1 informative Booklet.
* International promotion workshop
* All these documents are available in a promotional website: http://food-ecvet.euproject.org/
Impact and Sustainability
ECVET is not a consolidated system and it is not very well known by social partners yet. Due to the foreseen implementation of ECVET next year, it is recommended that social partners include the e-learning course in their own VET strategy, in order to raise their knowledge of this credit system.
It is also necessary to implement the e-learning course to other sectors and collectives, which will face this situation at the end of 2014 (Recommendation 2009,EC).
It is recommendable to keep active the e-learning platform for the next years.
The obtained results encourage Food-ECVET partnership to propose a second part of the Food-ECVET project with the following references:
To improve the contents or the course making them more readable and attractive for the students.
To adapt some topics according to the necessities of each interested group (trainers and teachers, VET technicians, Social partners, etc.).
To propose some kind of blended learning which lead to a better communication among the tutor and students.
To include some new technical resources for increasing the communication among students, like games, on-line conferences to contacti the tutor, presentation of the course by the tutor through this media, etc.
To adapt the e-learning platform to mobile devices and a methodology for proposing an on-the-job-training course.
To improve the e-learning experience through the creation of a community of practices with people interested in ECVET, for solving problems regarding learning mobility among countries.