Title CHEMLAB2 - European apprenticeship training for chemical laboratory technician
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147 435
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Generally speaking, the CHEMLAB project could 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 also implies and assures higher quality standards of products for the European Single Market and for the foreign trade. This facilitates and ensures 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).
The CHEMLAB Transfer-of-Innovation project aimed 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 (Istanbul). This multinational approach started in year 2009 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. In the year 2011 the installation and establishment phase of CHEMLAB VET started as well as new educational modules intergrated in that education.
However, each of the aforementioned objectives has its specific impact:
1. The CHEMLAB-VET concept strived 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 boosting innovation and competitiveness.
2. The apprenticeship training closely combined theoretical-educational contents with practical demands as tailored for this field of profession.
3. The participating laboratories were 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 transparency of the CHEMLAB concept facilitates its transferability to other VET relevant technical occupational fields in the industrial sector.
5. Certification and validation ensured the Europe-wide comparability of qualifications and facilitates standardisation.
6. Facilitating intra-European mobility of skilled technicians, especially between different partner countries, companies and institutions: The apprenticeship training was 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 was 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".
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
transparency and certification
program or curricula
material for open learning
open and distance learning
description of new occupation profiles
Product information For detailed product information one is referred to the EU CHEMLAB homepage.