Title Starting up with Wellness Training
Project Number 2011-1-EE1-LEO05-02454
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project is initiated for establishing wellness curricula in Estonian vocational education
The aim of the project is to raise the competitiveness of work force in wellness businesses and the quality of services this industry is providing.
The objective of the project is to initiate a new training course for training institutions by agreeing competencies for wellness (SPA) worker and developing the curriculum. The volume of the course and link to existing national curriculum is hard to foresee, this will be worked out in partnership according to training needs of SPAs, existing frameworks in Estonia (NVQ’s, national curricula) and existing experience in Finland and Slovenia.
The project will start with mapping the competencies needed in SPAs.
The survey will focus on skills, knowledge and competencies, but also on working arrangements (what should 1 person be able to do) of companies. The list of competencies for wellness worker will be agreed, this list can be used later by Estonian Qualifications Authority in the process of preparing new NVQ’s. The existing curricula/modules and the experience from Finland and Slovenia will be used as basic examples. During all project activities working specialists as experts will be involved from working SPAs.
After developing the common ECVET points for all 3 participating countries the mobility will become more transparent and easy.
Although the primary beneficiaries of this project will be Kuressaare RTC and Tartu VEC as well as other VET schools who will be able to use the curricula for training workforce for SPA-s, the final beneficiaries will be enterprises providing different kind of wellness services.
According to prognosis for future the tourism sector in Europe is growing. For Europe and also for Estonia the wellness sector starts to grow after the economic downturn due to growth of wealth, aging of population and global trends.
In Estonia this will impact specially West and South part of country where the health resorts already exist but need to upgrade the level of services. Vocational Regional Centres as main cooperation partners of enterprises should be ready to contribute to the development of competencies of workforce.
VET schools communicate tightly with employers in regions and get the information of training needs in these companies. There are lot of SME-s providing wellness services other then cosmetic and medical procedures, which do not require special qualification but can be learned in company. There are also many micro businesses which require personnel with multiply skills. For the moment there is no relevant vocational standard for wellness SPA workers in Estonia and there is also no exactly matching training available.
The main aim of the project is to create a curriculum for wellness training, whether it will be independent or part of some other existing curriculum. The process starts with survey which will be carried out in SPAs which provide different wellness services. The survey will focus on skills, knowledge and competencies, but also on working arrangements (what should 1 person be able to do) of companies. The existing examples and experience gained in Finland and Slovenia will be studied. The list of competencies for wellness worker will be agreed, this list can be used later by Estonian Qualifications Authority in the process of preparing new NVQ’s. On the basis of training needs and competencies the curriculum will be composed.
The whole work will be done by broad partnership, which covers specialists from SPAs, Estonian SPA Association, but also from partner schools in Finland (Omnia) and Slovenia (Bled College). The qualification and curriculum experts from Estonian National Qualification and Examination Centre and Qualifications Authority will be involved.
The primary beneficiaries will be Kuressaare RTC and Tartu VEC as well the other VET providers who will be able to use the curriculum for training workforce for SPA-s. SPA-s will be the secondary beneficiaries and finally the tourists and local customers
Recognition, transparency, certification
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
The outcomes of the project will be:
1) analysis of needed competencies in SPA-s;
2) list of competencies for wellness-worker;
3) curriculum for wellness-worker and explicit links to other existing curricula;
4) description of learning outcomes in the ECVET framework (ECVET credits);
5) set of transferred, translated, adjusted or compiled training materials;
6) web-page of the project;
7) program and promotion leaflet of the test-course.