Project Number 2011-1-FR1-LEO05-24458
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
MOBI’VET was precursor of the development of the ECVET system, European Credits System for Vocational Education and Training in the field of catering.
Professionals from France, Austria, Greece, United-Kingdom and Hungary worked together with tools and results, which already existed and which could be transferred, in order to:
- Experiment the ECVET system in the field of catering in Europe
- develop and make easier the mobility with certificate
- increase the added value of the mobility in reciprocity
- make easier the employability of learners
- make official the cooperation between the European partners.
In the continuity of the Lisbon European Council in 2000 and the Copenhaguen Process in 2004, the ECVET system was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 18th June 2009. It was impulsed by the Europe 2020 strategy, which clarifies the European politic strategy in the field of education and training.
MOBI’VET came within the scope of ECVET, European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training.
After several years of reciprocity work on mobility projects, the education and training centers of five countries (Austria, France, Greece, Poland (replaced by Hungary) and United-Kingdom, had observed a need of recognition of this mobility in Europe.
The ECVET system answers to this need. Indeed it aims to evaluate, to validate and to recognize an internship or training followed in a member state, within qualification training or not.
Thus MOBI’VET made stronger the long years partnerships by increasing the added value of the mobility in reciprocity and by making official the cooperation between the partners. MOBI’VET experimented the ECVET system in the field of catering, created conditions to the experimentation and transferred the tools which already existed in order to test them.
After that the MOBI’VET partners developed the practice of the ECVET system in the field of catering in Europe and promoted and extended the system to other professional sectors, to other actors and the other geographic areas.
MOBI’VET was divided in five work packages (WP). 1CEBA (HU), AFORMAC (FR), BFI Steiermark (AT), HOTELIA (GR) and Leeds City College (UK) coordinated one work package each, but participated together to the progress of each WP:
WP1: Coordination and animation of the project:
This WP contained everything related to the coordination of the project: budget, contact with the French Agency, transnational meetings, the following of the objectives, etc.
The partners organized five transnational meetings:
- In October 2011 in Austria: launch meeting of MOBI’VET. It was also the final meeting of ECVET TC NET, the European network from which MOBI’VET is based and develops and adapts the tools. The participants presented themselves and their organization to the consortium. This event was before the amendment to the partner changing and before the withdrawal of the Polish partner (Zespol Szkol). BFI Steiermark introduced ECVET TC NET as the basis of MOBI’VET and the ECVET system. The coordinator, AFORMAC, introduced the MOBI’VET. The participants discussed the organization of the project and the sharing of the work package and of the activities.
- In May 2012 in Greece: It was the first participation of the new partner from Hungary, 1CEBA. During the meeting the partners introduced the certification they have chosen for the experimentation of the ECVET system, they also introduced the vocational and training system of their country. Then the participants worked in two groups:
- The trainers worked on the competence grids and on the assessment.
- The project coordinators worked together on the project coordination, on the project evaluation and on the project valorization.
- In October 2012 in Hungary: The partners finished the tools before their experimentation. They also finished preparing the mobilities, which are the main part of the experimentation. They discussed the communication tools: they took the last decisions about the tee-shirts, they updated the website, they planned the next newsletter, etc.
- In April 2013 in England: This meeting was the opportunity for the partners to share their impressions about the experimentation. Thanks to these comments, the MOBI’VET products were updated. The partners also prepared the final evaluation and the final report.
- In June 2013 in France: This was the last transnational meeting. The partner validated together the last version of the products. They supported the coordinator in the elaboration of the final report. They finalized the final evaluation. This meeting ended with a final conference with local partners of the AFORMAC.
MOBI’VET transferred and experimented tools which already existed and which were from the previous project ECVET TC NET (network project led by BFI Steiermark from 2009 to 2011.)
The ECVET system was presented to the partners and to the stakeholders during transnational and local meetings.
The partners transferred and adapted the tools from ECVET TC NET to MOBI’VET with the English version of the initial tools. Later in the project, the tools were translated in the languages of the consortium. Only the tools, which were needed for the experimentation and which were destined to people who might not speak English, are translated also in German, French, Hungarian and Greek.
Each partner identified a certification in its country, which was used for the experimentation.
The transfer Handbook was elaborated in English.
The competence grids for the professions cook and waiter were finished during the third transnational meeting, as well as the assessment grids.
WP3: ECVET Mobility:
In December 2012 the experimentation of MOBI’VET started with the coming of five English students from the Leeds City College to AFORMAC in France. The specificity of this mobility is that they were going to be assessed in the French training center and in the French enterprises. Their assessment was for the validation of learning outcomes. For each learning outcomes they validated, the students received ECVET points. These credit points were transferred and accumulated into their home certification.
- The English group stayed two weeks in France. The students were three days at the training center, one week in the enterprises and two days in the training center.
- In reciprocity a group of French students went to the Leeds City College in January during two weeks.
- Still in January the five Hungarian students from partners schools of 1CEBA came to France, and the Greek students from HOTELIA came to Austria.
- The French students went to Hungary in February.
- The Austrian students went to Greece in March.
Thanks to these mobilities, the partners notified some elements, which were used to update the pedagogical kit at the end of MOBI’VET.
An intermediary evaluation and an intermediary evaluation report were made in the middle of MOBI’VET: the target groups were defined and evaluation tools were elaborated. The evaluation followed a plan which was clearly defined.
The results of the evaluation were a testimony DVD and recommendations to the European Commission.
A final evaluation was made in the second part of MOBI’VET.
This WP included the communication tools of MOBI’VET: website, newsletter, MOBI’VET on social network, etc.
At the end of each transnational meeting a diffusion workshop with the stakeholders, the competent authorities, the enterprises, etc. from the hosting country was organized. This workshop ended each transnational meeting, aimed to valorize MOBI’VET.
HOTELIA elaborated the MOBI’VET website with the support of its partners. The partners together wrote five newsletters and translated them into the partner languages.
Along with the students mobilities the English partner started making the DVD. A media team (one teacher and one student from Leeds City College) visited the groups during their mobilities in order to film them during their work placement and the experimentation. Besides they interviewed the restaurants’ owners and the stakeholders.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Accommodation and Food Service Activities
transparency and certification
The mains products developed all along MOBI’VET :
• Five transnational meetings
• Initial exploitation kit (ECVET Handbook and strategy for the stakeholders)
• Initial pedagogical kit (including competence grids, memorandum of understanding, ECVET certificate.)
• Process transfer of the system
• Six ECVET units in the field of catering
• Pedagogic kit after experimentation
• Plan, intermediaite report and final report of the evaluation
• Five diffusion workshops
• Testimony DVD
• Newsletters, website, intranet for intern communication
• Plan and valorisation report
• Exploitation plan and adapted exploitation kit.