Title Network to strenghten the relation between VET and the world of work at the governance and implementation level
Project Number 527826-LLP-1-2012-1-BE-LEONARDO-LNW
Project Type Networks
Country EU-Centralised Projects
For the past 3 years, the VETWORK project has been working to advance in the recommendations of the Bruges Communiqué, addressing both the implementation and the governance dimensions. The main purpose has been to improve the relation between VET and the world of work by means of integrating work-based learning (WBL) and VET providers teaching and support services as key elements of the training process.
On the implementation side the project has contributed to the creation of new models for integrating VET and the world of work by means of providing guidelines and measures to be undertaken to increase integration through methodological, process, organizational and content innovation. On the governance side, the results contribute to reinforce stakeholders’ involvement in the process of VET innovation by mobilizing a broad community of stakeholders including enterprises, E&T providers, trainers, employment services, social partners, public authorities, research organizations and learners who have been involved in the different project stages, both face-to-face during workshops and online to advise and generate feedback on the project outcomes.
The project addresses the implementation and the governance dimensions related to the relation between VET and the world of work focusing on the area of integration between VET, WBL and in-company training.The reason for selecting and addressing this area is that it is the meeting place between VET and the world of work. The project has already provided:
- a set of success stories of integration showing innovative and creative elements and strategies to reduce the implementation gap existing between what is learnt through VET and what is applied (and needed) at the workplace;
- a benchmarking system matching the micro-meso needs of companies and VET providers (measuring effectiveness for performance improvement) and the macro-needs of European VET (methodological and organisational innovation, excellence, quality assurance, assessment and certification of formal and informal learning, mobility);
- a consensus building exercise involving networks representing relevant stakeholders in VET and the world of work on challenges and recommendations for the innovation of European VET
- an on-line Learning Community where VET providers, companies and relevant stakeholders can virtually meet and exchange practices in a benchlearning perspective.During the third year of the project, it will also provide:
- a set of recommendations to policy and decision makers for VET innovation in a more integrated perspective between VET and the world of work.
- a set of guidelines addressing VET providers and companies for integrated VET/workplace planning, implementation, assessment and certification practice.
The project is expected to have an impact on: EU VET providers, enterprises/employers and all relevant stakeholders that will benefit from the use of the on-line benchmarking tool, the VETWORK learning community and of the VETWORK guidelines and recommendations to improve integration between VET and work in their systems and on the getting a view on the stakeholders' needs and concerns through the stakeholders' community.
The project has built on previous work done in the field of quality assurance in vocational training which had showed that Vocational Education and Training is a sector in which some categories of stakeholders have always had a strong voice in policy making: social partners are a typical example; they guarantee that employees’ and employers’ organisations concerns, at consultative or even at decisional level, are contributing to policy definition and evaluation. Other categories of stakeholders –typically Public Administration at Regional and Local level, representatives of VET providers and VET teachers, sectoral bodies, leading enterprises, local development agencies, other education institutions- are also consulted more or less regularly in all member countries, but, compared to other educational sectors, learners (for both initial and continuing VET) and parents (for initial VET) do not seem to be involved enough in the policy making cycle. Differences were pointed out also among countries on stakeholders’ involvement and between IVET and CVET.
In the IVET field, the involvement of stakeholders is mainly connected to increasing the quality regarding matching the needs of the economy and the IVET outcomes, to improving the attractiveness and image of IVET.
In the CVET field, the involvement of stakeholders is needed for facing the requirements of today’s and tomorrow’s labour market and to guarantee that QA approaches and procedures of VET are coherent with QA assurance approaches adopted in the workplace.
In particular the overall VETWORK methodology has integrated also the previous experiences in the field carried out by BEQUAL project which allowed practical application of the CQAF in VET through the use of online benchmarking tool and best practice database. The BEQUAL project targets were VET providers, policy makers and stakeholders, the VETWORK project has complemented, integrated and brought the issue forward by aiming not at quality in VET but at quality in VET-WORKing world relationship. The VETWORK benchmarking system is based on Deming’s quality approach and translates on four operations related to quality processes, namely:
1. planning, which learning needs emerge from the WORKing world
2. implementation, how the WORKing world contributes to the definition of the contents and methodology of the training provision
3. evaluation, to which extent the WORKing world is integrated in the VET world
4. feedback and improvement, how the WORKing world considers the training provision offer
The VETWORK methodology has been thus threefold and aimed at analysing previous experience in the field, defining the benchmarking system and finally, connecting the VET and the WORKing world. The methodology on these three different processes has been in a quality loop enabling possibilities for modifications during the lifecycle of the project.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
Other Service Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
The products resulting from the implementation of the VETWORK project are as follows:
D1.1 Methodology report
D2.1 Good Practices Report
D3.1 Benchmarking online tool
D3.2 Benchmarking report
D4.1 Piloting & Validation report
D4.2 Validated online benchmarking tool
D5.1 Guidelines & Recommendation for VET and WORK integration
D5.2 Stakeholders Roundtable
D5.3 Exploitation Plan
D5.4 Online Learning Community
D6.1 Dissemination Plan
D6.3 Miscellaneous dissemination materials
D6.4 Dissemination report
D7.1 Meeting Minutes Compendium Year 1,2,3
D7.2 Activity report Year 1,2,3
D8.1 Quality and evaluation Plan
D8.2 (a,b,c) Quality and evaluation report