Title Literacy and Vocation
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147 414
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
In many European countries lack of literacy competencies (functional illiteracy) leads to a higher risk of poverty and hinders the integration into the labour market.
The Project Literacy and Vocation - LitVoc - transfers from the model project AlphaZ – Vocationally Oriented Literacy Education (www.alpha-z.de) a coherent model making literacy education and training more relevant to the world of work and labour market, for people's employability and entrepreneurial potential: it defines key competences (literacy/numeracy, mathematics, digital, learning to learn) necessary for acquisition of vocational competences.
For a relatively high percentage of EU citizens, insufficient literacy/numeracy skills lead to an exclusion from social and occupational participation and to a loss of employment – due to increasingly complex job requirements even in sectors with low-qualification demands. Neither general education nor vocational training systems within many countries are prepared to provide adults with the necessary literacy/numeracy skills. Isolated technical-vocational training or literacy/numeracy education without any reference to vocational requirements is dominant.
Literacy & vocation defined and implemented vocationally oriented literacy skills of adults, which have been investigated using current job-market requirements in a total of 10 occupational fields in branches with positive employment prospects for low qualified persons in the future. The following countries were involved in the project activities: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Based on the results and experiences made in the German project ALPHAZ (vocationally orientated literacy education – www-alpha-z.de) the Leonardo da Vinci project Literacy and Vocation developed in a FIRST STEP manuals for information and senzitation activities for the following target groups on national and European level:
policy makers, political stakeholders, social partners
representatives of regional administration
stakeholders vocational training and adult education (national and European organisations)
vocational training providers, continuing education planners
vocational training professionals (teachers, trainers),
vocational counselling professionals, job guides.
All manuals and guides (language versions see section PRODUCTS) are published on the project website www.literacy-and-vocation.eu.
The manuals and guides have been disseminated via national/regional organized workshops and expert meetings as well as via the two European Associations EAEA (Adult education organizations) and EVBB (Vocational training institutes).
The aim of these activities was to inform and senzitise the above mentioned target group and sectors about the European dimension of insufficient literacy competences of adults, in order to provide an impetus for the implementation of literacy education in vocational and further training programmes.
In a SECOND STEP there have been developed and published exemplary JOB PROFILES (from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Spain and UK) that describe working tasks in HELPER/ASSISTANT PROFESSIONS and the literacy competences needed for the execution of the working tasks. These under the perspective of national labour market demands defined profiles were matched to a European documentation of literacy demands FOR CRAFTS AND SERVICE PROFESSIONS showing that the standards from different vocational fields all over Europe often require quite similar underpinning literacy and numeracy skills.
As another result, an European Core Curriculum (EUROPEAN WORKPLACE LITERACY PROFIL) was developed – defining 3 competence levels, which supplements existing classification systems of school and vocational education and interacts with existing frameworks of adult and literacy education..
National Core Curricula “translated” the European Core Curriculum into national literacy profiles (reflecting the national demands). These allow institutions, planners and providers of school-, vocational-, adult education and vocational guidance to develop refined literacy education methods in vocational training and employment programmes as well as to produce teaching and learning materials.
The E-Tool “E-TRAIN - Train& Assess” in the language versions BG, DE, DK, ES, EN is available online as an instrument for training and testing competences in literacy and numeracy as well as media skills. The tasks have been developed based on the description of literacy needs in the EUROPEAN WORKPLACE LITERACY PROFIL (European Core Curriculum).
The project consortium presented geographic and institutional diversity: private vocational training (DE, BG), public institutions in adult education (DK, UK), a union lead vocational training enterprise (AT) and an official education body (ES), as well as two European associations representing vocational training and adult education.
After project completion the results and products of Literacy and Vocation will be integrated in the partner countries in existing structures and programs (basic education for adults): ESF and nationally/regionally funded basic education programs in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark and United Kingdom as well as in the vocational training programs for disadvantaged young people in Spain (16 training centers of Navarra region).
At the other hand results and products of Literacy and Vocation will be further developed in follow up projects: to a sectoral model of competence development of low-skilled workers in companies (Germany), to a management model of "Basic competences development in enterprises" (Austria, Germany, France), to a model course, Financial Literacy '(Austria), to a vocational training program for disadvantaged young adults with reading and writing difficulties (Austria and Malta) and to support the establishment of a Regional Basic Education Counseling Unit (Germany, Berlin).
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Information and Communication
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
Products available at www.literacy-and-vocation.eu:
THE INVISIBLE EU CRISIS: ADULT ILLITERACY - A LONG UNDERESTIMATED PROBLEM
The manual informs about literacy needs in the European Union 2012, describes the situation in selected European countries and illustrates the situation of affected persons with testimonials
LITERACY NEEDS FOR VOCATIONAL PURPOSES IN EUROPE
This guide is giving facts and information about the lack of literacy competences among adults in European societies, proposing methods of revealing literacy difficulties and showing examples of how to foster basic education (skills for life) for vocational purposes.
LITERACY NEEDS FOR VOCATIONAL PURPOSES - NATIONAL VERSIONS
(Languages: Bulgarian, Danish, German (DE), German (AT), English, Spanish)
The manuals inform about the national situation of functional illiteracy (in AT, BG, DE, DK, ES, UK) using testimonials (REAL PEOPLE - REAL STORIES) and give hints and tips for vocational guidance professionals.
GRUNDBILDUNG UND BERUFLICHE WEITERBILDUNG
This guide outlines recommendations for political action and provides tips and suggestions for the design of basic education courses as part of vocational training.
JOB PROFILES (INCLUDING LITERACY DEMANDS ON THE JOB)
The profiles describe the working tasks in HELPER/ASSISTANT PROFESSIONS and the literacy competences needed for the execution of the working tasks.
Available are profiles for:
Kitchen helper and warehouse worker (German and English)
Woodworker(Bulgarian and English)
Welder (Bulgarian and English)
Construction helper German and English)
Cross-professional-ICT-skills (German and English)
Domestic worker Danish and English)
Gardener (Danish and English)
Electrician helper(Spanish and English)
Housekeeping (Spanish and English)
DOCUMENTATION OF EUROPEAN LITERACY DEMANDS ON THE JOB FOR CRAFT AND SERVICE PROFESSIONS
The compilation makes visible that the standards from different vocational fields all over Europe often require quite similar underpinning literacy and numeracy skills.
EUROPEAN WORKPLACE LITERACY PROFILE
(EUROPEAN CORE CURRICULUM)
NATIONAL WORKPLACE LITERACY PROFILES
(Languages: Bulgarian, Danish, German (DE), German (AT), English, Spanish)
Competence dimensions: Literacy and Numeracy competences, Digital Competence and Critical Thinking
The EUROPEAN WORKPLACE LITERACY PROFILE as well as the NATIONAL WORKPLACE LITERACY PROFILES describe the requirements of literacy competences in the working place and for vocational (further) training (vocational training often requires a higher level of literacy competences than needed on the job). These competences are needed for an entrance into
the process of lifelong learning within vocational contexts.
E-TRAIN INTERACTIVE E-TOOL TRAIN&ASSESS WORK PLACE RELATED LITERACY COMPETENCES
(Languages: Bulgarian, Danish, German, English, Spanish)
E-TRAIN trains and tests work place related basic competences in
- Literacy (reading and writing)
- Digital competence
- Critical thinking
E-TRAIN is easy to use: prior knowledge of online-based learning is not necessary. E-TRAIN is designed for persons with low digital competence.
E-TRAIN available as online version, offline version, network and single-user capable.
E-TRAIN - INTERACTIVE E-TOOL
USER INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS, TRAINERS AND LEARNING GUIDES
(languages: English, German)
The e-testing tool is based on six main test items. The decision for the
appropriate task item was made taking into account methodological and didactic
PORTFOLIO OF PUBLICATIONS
Overview and short descriptions of publications.