Title AGRICOM - Transfer of the Water Competences Model to AGRIcultural COMpetences
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147458
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
To facilitate a better relationship between the professional and work life, skills and competence needs and their implication in vocational education and training have to be identified and anticipated.
The main objective of the AGRICOM project has been to establish the first competence model for the agricultural sector (ACM) to strengthen the transparency and comparability of vocational education and training opportunities at European level.
To make lifelong learning and mobility reality is one of the main objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training ("ET 2020"). The ongoing development and management of knowledge, skills and competences at the individual and organisational level is therefore set a clear priority and challenge for the EU and its Member States, for vocational education and training, for companies, employees and learners. The presentation, the sharing and reuse of skills and competence information is an important and necessary step towards outcome-based education and training, which ensures higher transparency, mobility and employability of European lifelong learners. To achieve the ambitious target for the mobility of European education, training and the labour market, skills and learning outcome descriptions for individual jobs, training and employment opportunities have to be described. AGRICOM will enhance the Vocational education and training situation by defining the skills and competences required for the different areas of work, workplaces and workers within the agricultural sector for the first time.
The Transfer of the Water Competences Model to AGRIcultural COMpetences (AGRICOM) Project has drawn on the WACOM competence model from the water sector and has transfered it to the areas of agriculture closely related to water, i. e. hydroponics and irrigation of the user countries Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Greece.
The first year of the project focused on the transfer and adaptation of the WACOM competence model in the agricultural sector. Therefore, first a detailed needs analysis was realized, including National workshops in four countries, an online needs analysis for the agricultural sector in terms of competence modelling and a detailed study on the already existing and used competence models in agriculture. Based on these results, the transfer and adaptation to the agricultural sector and in particular the areas of irrigation and hydroponics has been realized.
The AGRICOM competence model had been delivered in a first version at the end of the first year and has continuously been optimised during the entire lifetime of the project, spread in the AGRICOM online community and web portal and validated through pilot tests and continuous evaluation and optimization until the end of the project.
The transfer and adaptation of the water competence models (WCM) to the agricultural sector also took into account ECVET, EQF and the German specification PAS 1093. In addition to the project website, conferences, seminars, workshops press releases, as well as the European Conference at the end of the project has been used for the dissemination and exploitation of project results. In addition the project results have been presented to European (CEN) and international (ISO) standardization committees as well as a sustainability strategy and recommendations for further transfer to other sectors and countries during the project and after the end of the project have been developed.
AGRICOM has achieved substantial sustainability and impact through the involvement of the agricultural experts and the dissemination at the final AGRICOM conference. The usage and exploitation of the main AGRICOM results is guaranteed by several activities after project ending: First, the AGRICOM website continues to be the main communication channel for agricultural competences. Second, the AGRICOM results are distributed to all interested parties by all AGRICOM partners including the international association IFSAT with its members throughout Europe and the whole world. Third, the exchange among experts at the conference will be followed by regular workshops at the annual international conference LINQ (www.learning-innovations.eu). And finally, the main AGRICOM results will be used as basis for the started research project ACT (www.ACT-now.eu) establishing and sustaining an Alliance for competences and skills based vocational education and training (VET) in agriculture: ACT's Mission is to support and improve farming business by developing tools for defining competences on agricultural innovations and management re-using the AGRICOM results.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Sectors Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
description of new occupation profiles
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification
AGRICOM provides the first competence model for the agricultural sector (ACM) and in particular the fields related with the unitization of the water resources in irrigation, hydroponics and other related agricultural fields.
The ACM has been disseminated to experts in agricultural and vocational training topics for the continuous evaluation and optimisation via an online community as well as a web Portal.