Title BASICON - Basic Competence for Construction
Project Number D/00/B/F/PP-112 108
Product Handbook of European Building Essentials
Title Handbook of European Building Essentials
Product Type description of new occupation profiles
European Construction Essentials
The handbook depicts the basic skills required to maximise employability in the construction sector.
These skills have been defined by the participating project partners and represent a common European aligned intersection of social and technical core skills that are filtered out of the varying national qualification requirements.
The production of the handbook is the result of a multi-staged procedure: both the national demand-analysis and the subsequent identification of a common intersection took many months to compile and incorporated many different agents.
In the first stage, the project partners defined the different skill profiles and discussed their content, whereby the varying national requirements were considered in the intersection. The Pools of Competence were also involved in this procedure of definition and exchange of opinion. These advisors are, among other things representatives from differing politico-vocational institutions such as social partners, manpower centres (on a national and regional scale), chambers, vocational training centres and construction firms.
In July 2001, the results of the work until then were collected and re-analysed within the framework of a conference resulting in a final definitive structure of transnational skill profiles. The development of the handbook paralleled this conference with aim to representing and compiling all parts of the discussion process.
Although the starting points concerning the vocational training in the construction sector varied from country to country, it was largely agreed upon that a basic qualification is essential. Varying national requirements were commented upon in isolated profiles, with the aim of documenting national discrepancies and stimulating national discussion. Discrepancies should not be seen as complications, but rather as an incentive to promote further development of the vocational trainings system on a national and an international level.
An extract of the Handbook you can download in German and English.
Target group Trainers, teachers, persons responsible for vocational training, representatives of public bodies responsible for vocational training systems
Description of the Skill profiles
Skill profile A
Technical theory and practice
The qualification profiles refer to the following specifications:
The following list of qualification components always refer to basic skills.
·The period of qualification should as a rule not exceed 12 months
·The location for qualification should primarily be the construction site
·The technical theory should be taught as much as possible through practice
The tasks fall into two categories
·Category 1: tasks that can be carried out independently on one’s own responsibility
·Category 2: tasks that can only be carried out under supervision
The tasks in category 2 should as a rule only be carried out under supervision when working with unskilled workers or at the beginning of a practical qualification
Skill profile B
Health and safety at work and environmental protection
These profiles nowadays go thematically hand in hand and should be dealt with together in practice. They represent an important qualification element, especially on a European level.
Skill profile C and D
Soft skills, learning how to learn and the quality control of one’s own work
The teaching of soft skills is also a component of the instructor’s practical work. Methods of “learning how to learn” and quality control of one’s own work are taught in the work process.
Skill profile E
Language skills need only be basic communication on a construction site and at the workplace – situations in which employees may experience on a daily basis. Instead of complex grammar lessons, which are of little use in this context, the most helpful lessons deal with technical vocabulary.
Skill profile F
Basic qualification in Electronic Data Processing
Like reading and writing, EDP skills have become part of basic leterary skills and those who do not have suitable access to it inevitably run the risk of falling behind social development.
This basic qualification does not invlove extensive EDP skills, but motivates and enables people to get involved with and get to grips with these basic tecniques.
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