Title ValiSkills: Development and transfer of a procedure for validation of professional performance skills of formally low-skilled adults in the context of the qualification-driven modular second-chance training.
Project Number DE/12/LLP-LdV/TOI/147533
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
“ValiSkills” is a comprehensive method for determining professional competence assessment procedures for formally low-skilled adults. It forms a reliable basis for an efficient, focused on individual needs qualification. ValiSkills was developed especially for the needs of the German training market. It is based on proven, results-driven learning tools and experiences of validation practices in Switzerland, Norway and Austria, the applicable criteria of order in Germany and the tradition of the dual vocational training system.
ValiSkills characterized by
•Professional advice and guidance by trained staff
•Identification and web-based capture work-related action competence (ePortfolio)
•Assessment and evaluation by independent industry experts
•Focusing on the education goal
•Ensuring high quality use
The “ValiSkills” project is due to a current need for comprehensive professional competence assessment procedures for formally low-skilled adults in further vocational training in Germany. The procedure will be applied in particular in "qualification-driven modular second-chance training" - an efficient, learning outcome-oriented model for reaching a full-fledged professional qualification certificate. Identification and activation of professional performance skills at the beginning of the training course shall open to this labor market risk group effective ways and means to complete vocational training (IHK external examination).
The aim of the project is the joint development of such a procedure on the basis of transfer of proven tools and best practice from countries with advanced experience (Switzerland, Norway, Austria). During the two-years’ project period, transfer, development and introduction of the procedure into practice will be carried out on the example of the requirements of "modular second-chance training" for the profession "Management Assistant for Retail Services" on the basis of the regulations applicable in Germany (Vocational Training Act, IHK) and following the tradition of the dual vocational training system. A later adaptation of the procedure for other professions and areas of application in the professional training of low-skilled adults is intended and by design and taken into account in development process (eg, job training / staff development, demand-driven training / job placement.) Further, the project contributed to the comparability of occupational skill levels and to the implementation of "best practice" into national proceedings.
Five partners from four countries form the consortium. They represent know-how for competence balancing (AT, NO), a national association which is largely involved in the national anchoring of a modern validation system (CH) and on the importing side of the transfer (DE) an IHK organisation and regionally-based service provider of professional adult education.
The methodology of the work plan was initially fed from the application experience of the partners with modern skills assessment process for adults. These were matched ("from all the best") and tested for their applicability for the specific needs. As a result of the analysis phase, the Swiss validation procedures for obtaining professional qualifications as a basis for further joint development work has been identified. In joint development work, a procedure was elaborated with guidelines, instructions with quality standards, resilient methodologies / tools for collection, reflection and evidence of skills and for training planning. They are available in a methodical compendium. The focus of the method developed jointly, the ValiSkills-ePortfolio.
In the development phase the further project work will focus on the training of future advisers and assessors in the quality driven application of the procedure and on its testing with adult learners in modularized further training in the retail profession. Practice test and accompanying evaluation will serve to optimize the process and to determine its effectiveness. After finishing the ePortfolio it was introduced in the training practice and presented in a final conference and regional dissemination seminars and presentations to a potential user base.
Continuous contacts with stakeholders and potential users of the ValiSkills procedure, their information on conduct and results of project work and, in particular, their participation in dissemination activities aroused their interest in a further application of the procedure for the aims of the further training of formally low qualified adults. As a result of the Final Conference, ValiSkills could be further presented to Employment Agencies and JobCenters. Starting from April 2015, the procedure will be applied for clients of a Berlin JobCenter. This will be an important reference project for further dissemination activities. The German ValiSkills partners participate in a German national network on validation of non-formally and informally acquired competences and thus open dissemination channels for the product and contacts with stakeholders at federal levels in the context of the introduction of validation procedures in Germany. After finalization of the project the original model for one profession is now under adaptation for four more professions. ValiSkills was successfully presented at a Swiss national validation conference in December 2014 in Biel.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
Administrative and Support Service Activities
transparency and certification
The Validation Handbook consists of
- Advisory Guideline
- eProfiling software (webbased)
- Assessment Guideline
- Set of assessment methods
- Indicators for profession „Einzelhandelskaufmann/-frau“
- Guideline for the elaboration of the qualification plan
- Check list for quality development/ assurance. Feedback sheets
- Expert training (advisors, assessor)
- "ValiSkills" Website
- Project flyer
- Product flyer
- Thematic seminars
- Dissemination workshops
- Final Conference