Title Applying ECVET and ECTS to Certify Learning Outcomes and Qualification of the Entrepreneur in Construction sector Certified Safety VET Trainers
Project Number 526412-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text In EU VET systems of Constructions is growing an interest on enterprise and entrepreneur competences certification. These competences are not defined and certified in many EU MS. At this aim, applying ECVET principles and technical specifications, the Project is aimed to define and apply operational and transferable methods and guidelines to design qualification in units of learning outcomes with allocation of ECVET points; test units of learning outcomes based qualification with associated procedures for assessment, transfer, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non formal contexts; design and test quality standards to apply ECVET to the qualification; design VET programmes with flexible devices for validation, transfer and recognition of learning outcomes; develop concepts based on learning outcomes approach to combine ECVET and ECTS and enhance their compatibility.
Identification, in each participating countries, of the professional figures operating as entrepreneur in the construction sector
Classification onto the 8 EQF reference levels of all the professional figures of entrepreneurs detected in the European participating countries
Identification of a common European perimeter of entrepreneurial figures in construction sector on which the project will focus and activate the ECVET process combined with ECTS
Collection, analysis and adaptation of experiences and best practices already realised
Definition of the guideline, with a coherent plan of activities and transferable methods to design concerned qualification in units of learning outcomes with allocation of ECVET points
Design of the qualification in terms of activities and tasks, knowledge, skills and competences
Definition of specific ECVET quality standards to apply the new European sectoral qualification across participating countries at national/regional level, allowing the issuing of an ECVET quality label to the qualification
Preparation of a complete draft of the MoU for the qualification designed
Involvement in the MoU, beyond the project partners, of the public institutions competent in VET matter and the other interested organisations
Transfer, validation and accumulation of awarded ECVET and ECTS credits in sectoral and territorial VET systems involved in MoU
The experimentation will involve at least 120 entrepreneurs in all participating countries.
Publication on paper and USB keys, of all project deliverables for public dissemination level
Realisation of a Compendium publication for results exploitation;
Definition of Policy Recommendations, based on project results, for sectoral and territorial decision-makers.
In the EU VET systems of Constructions, while in Italy (cfr., implementation of Legislative Decrees 81/2008 and 106/2009 legal provisions on license point system in building and on asseveration of work safety management systems, especially for safety) and in several other EU countries only now it’s growing an interest on the issues of enterprise and entrepreneur competences certification, in other Member States this matter constitutes object of interest up several years, also with specific rules and systems on construction enterprises certification, and on recognition, development and certification of entrepreneur competences (cfr., Belgian “Loi du 20 mars 1991 organisant l’agréation d’entrepreneurs de travaux”).
These issues was already focused by the LdV Partnership “Cooperazione transnazionale europea per lo sviluppo e la certificazione delle competenze degli imprenditori del settore Costruzioni - Certified Entrepreneurs in Building Sector”, aimed to create a European structured collaboration among enterprises, social partners and VET providers of Constructions VET systems to start a cooperation path for testing and applying of common concepts developed at European level on the field of recognition, development and certification of Constructions entrepreneurs competences, also as a solid base to build in the near future an ECVET process giving the concrete possibility to put in transparency and recognise them across the boundaries of European VET systems, sectors and contexts.
Starting from this fundament and widening this partnership to other VET providers, social partners of Constructions, and public institutions competent in VET across EU, the Consortium has verified that skills and competences of entrepreneurs in the sector are not defined and certified in several EU Countries, agreeing that an intervention for transparency and recognition of entrepreneurs learning outcomes, applying and implementing the ECVET framework, could have a very significant impact. That, not only at the aim of the improvement of the in force legislations in matter of entrepreneur competences certification and of those to be enacted (e.g., in matter of safety and of competitive tenders) but also and in particular because the applying of ECVET principles could give to the entrepreneurs of European construction sector, the concrete possibility of transparency and recognition of achieved learning outcomes, and thus an effective perspective of mobility beyond the borders of national (and also regional, in the EU countries – like Italy - in which the legislative competence on qualification and certification matter is attributed to the Regions) VET systems, the barriers to mobility within a specific VET system and in particular across the activity sectors, the obstacles outside the educational system and in particular those related to the recognition of learning outcomes acquired in informal and non formal contexts.
It seems interesting to remark that the widening process from the above mentioned LdV Partnership (entailing only VET providers and social partner localised in Italy, Belgium and Greece, without public institutions competent in VET) to this “CertEnt - Applying ECVET and ECTS to Certify Entrepreneur Competences in Construction sector” LdV Multilateral Project for Development of innovation (including also public institutions competent in VET and safety matter, and other VET providers and social partner of concerned sector in several other EU countries) was mainly developed in the context of the European network of building sector VET providers ReFormE (http://www.reforme.org), since the CertEnt project idea was launched during latest ReFormE meeting, held in October 2011 in Berlin, and developed with the collaboration of network members already involved in the only LdV project aimed to start and implement an ECVET process within the European VET systems of Construction sector (CeSaTra - Certified Safety VET Trainers: An experimental intervention to put in transparency and to recognise the competences of the trainers on safety matter in the European VET systems of the Construction sector; http://www.cesatra.eu). It seems also interesting that the Italian regions participating to “CertEnt” (Regione Toscana and Regione Umbria), not only are among the rare regions of Italy having defined an own Regional Repertory of Professional Qualifications, but are also very interested to the possibility given by ECVET, which works on a voluntary basis through a Memorandum of Understanding, to overcome the approach based on unanimity characterising the “Conferenza delle Regioni” (Italian national coordination body of regions) and to standardise qualifications at least with the interested regions.
Furthermore, considering that several entrepreneur competences are de facto at academic level, EQF level 6 and higher (e.g., the entrepreneur must surely manage complex activities and projects, taking responsibility for decision-making and also taking responsibility for managing professional development of individuals and groups), and thus that ECVET can not cover the whole concerned professional field, being therefore needed also its integration with ECTS system, it’s seems very important the enlargement of project Consortium to academic world, thanks to the participation of the Institute Technology and Education of Bremen University, having expertise in Construction sector as well as with regard to credit systems ECVET and ECTS (and, first of all, thanks to the enlightened writer of 2012 call LLP priorities for LdV MP DoI, in which is for the first time foreseen the possibility of the development of concepts to combine ECVET and ECTS and enhance their compatibility based on learning outcomes approach, allowing the possibility to overcome this system fragmentation, very important for professional figures and qualifications having competences hardly classifiable only lower EQF level 6 or only higher EQF level 5).
Recognition, transparency, certification
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
description of new occupation profiles
Workpackage 1 - Deliverables:
Workpackage 2 - Deliverable:
Overview on Entrepreneurs in EU Constructions - Report on preparatory analysis and researches on the field of entrepreneurial professional figures operating in construction sector in European countries participating to the project
Workpackage 3 - Deliverables:
Guideline to activate ECVET process combined with ECTS for entrepreneurs in Construction sector
Document based on relevant experiences and best practices, to activate an ECVET process combined with ECTS for entrepreneurs in Construction sector
Workpackage 4 - Deliverable:
Design of new European sectoral qualification “Entrepreneur in Constructions”
Document containing the design of qualification in terms of activities and tasks, knowledge, skills and competences, learning outcomes units and units parts, and related ECVET or ECTS credit
Workpackage 5 - Deliverable:
Memorandum of Understanding - MoU ECVET for new European sectoral qualification “Entrepreneur in Constructions”, with ECTS provisions and ECVET quality standards
Workpackage 6 - Deliverables:
Model for Learning Agreements ECVET – ECTS “Entrepreneur in Constructions” - Common European Model for Learning Agreements related to learning process with awarding of ECVET and ECTS credits
Model for “Entrepreneur in Constructions” ECVET - ECTS credit awarding
Common European Model for ECVET and ECTS credits awarding
Report on ECVET process in combination with ECTS activated for European qualification “Entrepreneur in Constructions” - Final release of the whole pilot test on enforcement of Memorandum of Understanding - MoU ECVET combined with ECTS provisions
Workpackage 7 - Deliverables:
Project Quality Operative Plan - Detailed design of the project quality activities and tools
Periodical reports on quality plan implementation
Workpackage 8 - Deliverables:
Info-days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 - National Information day on project results
Infopacks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 - Information package on paper and USB key
Focus groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 - Focus group on project results among partners and users
ECVET combined with ECTS for Entrepreneurs in Constructions: How to exploit it? Compendium publication for results exploitation
Policy Recommendations - Table of suggestion defining a set of policy recommendations for project results transfer to sectoral and territorial decision-makers