Title ”Transfer of training material for European Works Councils (EWC) into the further education concept of lecturers of trade union education institutions in Europe (TEAM.EWC)“ (Training, Education, Advice, Management for EWCs).
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147423
Product Training, Education, Advice, Management for EWCs - A Manual for Trainers and Lecturers
Title Training, Education, Advice, Management for EWCs - A Manual for Trainers and Lecturers
Product Type teaching material
Since the early nineties European Works Councils (EWCs) have been working as transnational employee representation bodies in European groups of companies. Through information and consultation on transnational matters by the central corporate management they are to introduce employee interests into the dialogue between social partners. To perform these tasks there is a need for good communication structures and for a joint definition of goals.
However, even after extended development in practice there are still various obstacles which the modular training programme TEAM.EWC shall help to overcome. In view of the different cultural, legal and social background of the EWC members the focus is on social and intercultural competence, and joint work planning is also used as a tool for team building.
Wide implementation of the concept has begun in 2014
In this manual for lecturers at trade union education institutions the project partners have put together their ideas about a modular education programme to help overcome the lack of qualified trainers for European Works Councils (EWCs).
The actual goal ist to enable the primary target group to develop EWCs into bodies that can efficiently and competently represent European employee interests in enterprises in the framework of information and consultation by the corporate management.
In that context the work planning process of the according EWC is also a tool for developing the necessary competence. The focus areas of the material in modular structure include intercultural competence, legal and organizational framework, team building, work planning and decision-taking including conflict resolution.
The manual and the associated material can be directly used for conducting EWC training courses.
The primary target group of the manual - and of the education programme – includes lecturers at trade union education institutions in Europe, trainers, speakers, coaches for European Works Councils, and trade union EWC co-ordinators at the national and European levels.
The secondary target group then includes the EWC bodies that are to be trained collectively using the material.
Due to its modular structure the manual can also be used for conducting education for individual employee representatives from transnational enterprises.
Result The manual is the result of the development of education material from two existing EWC training programmes that have been updated and integrated into TEAM.EWC in the course of the project. This programme has been evaluated in two test seminars and in the framework of an event with the social partners, and is now available for implementation at the national and european levels.
Area of application
The manual is intended for use in trainer education. Trainers and speakers for EWC education events shall acquire the competence to work with the manual and with the associated material. That also includes supporting the work planning process of the according EWC as described in the manual in order to derive from it the priorities for the education modules to be used.
The implementation of the education programme will begin in Germany and at the European level in early 2014, and within the same year the first education offers for EWCs will follow suit.