Title YOMTOOL – The Youth On the Move ECVET oriented mobility TOOLkit
Project Number 2011-1-N01-LEO05-03276
Product YOMTOOL: The Youth On the Move TOOLkit
Title YOMTOOL: The Youth On the Move TOOLkit
Product Type transparency and certification
Marketing Text YOMTOOL as a system addresses several targets. It creates a cost-effective web based tool which integrates the operative documents relevant and required in a transnational vocational education and training mobility. It is a communication tool between the participating partners, as they all have access to the same information through using the system. As YOMTOOL complies with the ECVET principles, it contributes to individual documentation of learning outcomes, certificates and qualification documents, tracked and stored for career guidance on a later stage.
YOMTOOL is an exceptionally flexible instrument, it opens for that individually obtained learning can be linked to relevant documents like Journeyman Certificates, sector specific certificates and the Europass documents.
Moreover, YOMTOOL as a toolbox contributes to simplify the operation of VET mobility projects. The learner participants should therefore be in a more profitable position during and especially after the exchange placement. As a cost-effective instrument, YOMTOOL contributes to making vocational education and training more attractive through easier access to the learner’s own training records, certificates and qualifications as a tool for individual guidance.
The YOMTOOL system has implemented the EQF and ECVET principles as the recording method for obtained learning outcomes through different training pathways. This also includes validation of prior learning acquired through formal, non-formal or informal experiences.
The system is developed as a multilingual service, presently covering German, English, French, Norwegian and Polish. Indexing of learning outcomes in additional languages is available through the DISCO web service for describing the learning outcomes. The use of an indexing service facilitates the future bridging between ESCO descriptions and the YOMTOOL service and documents
The target group includes all active parts in a learning mobility project.
The Organising institution can be an umbrella organisation which is responsible for qualification definitions and awarding of certificates - as a Competent body in multilateral relationships. The organisation can also operate bilaterally in mobility projects
The Sending partner is the organisation where the participant in a learning mobility belongs, and where the recognition of learning experiences in another setting takes place. A Memorandum of Understanding may regulate these procedures
The Receiving (host) partner is the organisation where the participant will stay for a defined period. The Partnership Agreement with the sending partner regulates this
Learners and trainees are the participants, and where a Learning Agreement regulates this as a tripartite contract
Teachers and mentors have supporting and managerial roles in the context of a placement, also including assessments
The mobility life cycle in an apprenticeship perspective provides for the foundation of which YOMTOOL is rooted in. In either case the mobility exchange is part of a training or any other kind of apprenticeship, the mobility life cycle covers several steps to be agreed on between be cooperating partners and several documents that need to be issued.
The following documents usually regulate mobility apprenticeships:
First of all a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or a Partner Agreement (PA) needs to be set up to formalise the agreement on cooperation in mobility projects between the institutions. They establish partnerships and their procedures for cooperation. Both a MoU and a PA are possible to set up between cooperating organisations within YOMTOOL. These agreements are based upon mutual trust where the signing competent institutions are confident that the others manner in recognising and validating learning outcomes is done appropriately and sufficiently. Usually the necessary information is exchanged before the agreements are outlined.
The difference between the agreements roots in that a MoU is most often set up between organisations that are responsible for certifications, in other words competent bodies, however Partner Agreements are set up between sending and receiving partners directly. Usually the Memorandum of Understanding is a more detailed agreement which sets the framework for transferring credits and learning outcomes. This includes which partners are taking part as sending and receiving partners form the two different countries, as well as the duration of the agreement. Furthermore, the MoUs and PAs decide upon the qualification and the learning outcomes the apprenticeships are planned to take part in, including defining the procedures of assessment that are to be used to validate and recognise learning outcomes the apprentice is to acquire during the exchange placement.
As the MOU or the PA have been signed, the next step in the mobility life cycle is to set up individual Learning Agreements (LA) for every single apprentice that is planned to take part in the exchange. These are therefore set up as a part of the MoU or partner agreement that exists between the cooperating institutions. In YOMTOOL apprentices are referred to as learner participants. A Learning Agreement is set up between the sending and the hosting partner and the individual learner participant. They are set up under the specific regulations according to the MoU or Partner Agreement.
Learning Agreements specifies the expected learning outcomes and units to be achieved during the mobility. Furthermore it includes the assessment, validation and recognition procedures that are to be used during and after the placement mobility experience. The agreement covers the competence level the learner participant holds before he or she goes on exchange, and the competence to be achieved during the exchange. A Learning Agreement may ensure that learning outcomes achieved and validated at the host institution will be recognised as a part of a qualification at the home institution. Furthermore, the Learning Agreement should contain individual development plans for the learner and plans how to organise the recognition of learning outcomes to be achieved. This should be specified in order to make the mobility run as smoothly as possible.
As follow-up tool, documents as a personal transcript can be set up in YOMTOOL. Such a document shows individual learning attainments as learning outcomes. Additionally, YOMTOOL is compatible with the Europass documents where parts of the learning experiences are documented. Additionally, a coordinated registry of certificates and training documentation with linking options into other instruments like Europass and the content of a Journeyman Certificate, Master of Skilled Craft and specific sector certificates is at the core of the system.
Area of application
YOMTOOL is a «cloud computing» solution changing learning mobility from single projects and documents into a more generalised concept of ”apprenticeship projects” according to a mobility life cycle perspective. A coordinated registry of certificates and training documentation with linking options into other instruments like Europass is at the core of the system. YOMTOOL is exploiting the experiences from the NTI-MMM products LeoPass, MultiPass and Rap4Leo - in operation since 2001
The Mobility Life Cycle may cover several steps to agree on and with different documents to be issued:
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – often set up between organisations being responsible for certifications – Competent bodies
Partner Agreement (PA) – between sending and receiving partners
Learning Agreement (LA) – covering the expected learning outcomes and assessment procedures
The Mobility Placement with the learning experiences
A Personal Transcript (PT) showing individual learning attainments as Learning Outcomes
Europass documents where parts of the learning experiences are documented
Content of Journeyman, Master of Skilled Craft and specific sector certificates can be documented through the use of structured Learning Outcome descriptions (ECVET matrixes)