ECVET in Poland

Until recently, credit accumulation and transfer was not widely used in the Polish VET system. However, the last two years brought significant changes in the law regulating the formal initial VET and continuing VET systems. The changes are primarily aimed at improving the link between vocational education and labour market needs, popularising vocational education for adults and creating more flexible learning pathways. In many ways, they are in line with the ECVET technical specifications. Horacy Debowski and Wojciech Stechły, ECVET Experts Poland, Educational Research Institute in Warsaw, provide insights of the implementation of ECVET in Poland in the ECVET Magazine for March (Nr. 18). 
The views of both Horacy Debowski and Wojciech Stechły are of great importance to the eVirtue project, the outputs of which will be based on the ECVET principles. Within the framework of eVirtue, a Roundtable is foreseen to be organised in Poland in autumn 2014. The Roundtable, which will gather experts from the VET field and relevant stakeholders in Poland, aims at receiving feedback on the first outputs of eVirtue, namely Role Profiles in the field of Virtual Learning, as well as communicating about the project to the Polish constituency.

Pilot training for an AAL Consultant in Austria! Join the training seminars!

The first curriculum for an AAL Consultant is almost ready for use! Before presenting it to the public, training seminars are scheduled in Germany, Austria, Greece and France to pilot it. Be one of the participants!

This initiative stems out of engAGEnt, a project co-funded by the European Commission, which aims at developing a harmonised European curriculum for vocational training that will qualify people for the job role of an AAL Consultant. Upon completion of the course, an AAL Consultant will be able to analyze the living situation of an elderly or disabled subject and develop strategies that will improve the living conditions of the elderly and disabled population, in general.

In June 2014 the Institute for Economic Promotion of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WIFI International) will carry out pilot seminars to selected topics in the field of consultancy on technical assistance systems in Vienna. In addition to methods for the analysis of individual needs and circumstances practical insights into the possibilities of technical assistance systems will be given. Participants will receive basic knowledge about assistance systems related to health care, secure housing and social participation. Goal is the education and training of current and former employees of the care giving field, social workers and local administration employers, which have an interest in consulting activities for technical assistance systems.

For more information about the dates and selected topics, download this flyer.

Find out the results of the Workshop « New professions for new experiences of culture »!

Do new technologies in Museums mean new job opportunities in Portugal? Do we have new professional profiles? Which skills do professionals need to modernize cultural heritage and make museum visits an unforgettable experience?
On 4 April Mapa das Ideias organised a Workshop in Lisbon, within the framework of eCult Skills, aiming at identifying the necessary skills and competences for professions in the field of Culture, in order to better meet the demands of this market. Project partners together with several important members of the Portuguese cultural field participated in the WS. Participants were divided into groups in order to discuss the five identified job profiles:
  • Cultural ICT Specialist/Ambassador
  • Digital Cultural Asset Manager
  • Interactive Cultural Experience Developer
  • Cultural Community Manager
  • ICT Cultural Guide/Mentor

Objective of this exercise was the analysis of the first draft of the the job roles, as identified by the project group experts, by each group. Particular attention was given to the existence of the role profiles in the organisations represented in the WS. In case of non-existence of such a position, it was analyzed who would handle these tasks and whether an institution/organization could profit from having such a professional in its internal team.
The improved role profiles will be made available on the e-culture focus area of the e-Jobs Observatory in the upcoming months for evaluation by external experts.

UEAPME comments EU Area for Skills and Qualifications

UEAPME published its position paper on the EC consultation regarding a “European Area for Skills and Qualifications”, aimed at increasing transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications of learners and workers when moving within and between Member States. 
While UEAPME endorses the consultation’s objectives, there are concerns about the process and methodology, where a stronger consideration for Craft and SMEs’ skill needs should be applied. According to UEAPME, the focus should be for Member States to fully implement existing transparency instruments and for the EU to accompany this process and ensure greater consistency. In addition, UEAPME regards that more efforts are needed to ensure better learning outcomes and employability, fostering permeability between different educational systems, and boosting learning and occupational mobility. Finally, on internationalisation the impact of digital learning on continuous training and on certain trades and sectors should be further explored.

Launch of pilot trainings for an AAL Consultant in Germany!! Join the training seminars!!

The first curriculum for an AAL Consultant is almost ready for use! Before presenting it to the public, training seminars are scheduled in Germany, Austria, Greece and France to pilot it. Be one of the participants! 

This initiative stems out of engAGEnt, a project co-funded by the European Commission, which aims at developing a harmonised European curriculum for vocational training that will qualify people for the job role of an AAL Consultant. Upon completion of the course, an AAL Consultant will be able to analyze the living situation of an elderly or disabled subject and develop strategies that will improve the living conditions of the elderly and disabled population, in general.
The pilot trainings will be inaugurated in Karlsruhe, Germany. In April and May 2014 the Institute for Assistance systems and qualification e.V. IAQ will carry out pilot seminars to selected topics in the field of consultancy on technical assistance systems. In addition to methods for the analysis of individual needs and circumstances practical insights into the possibilities of technical assistance systems will be given. Participants will receive basic knowledge about assistance systems related to health care, secure housing and social participation. Goal is the education and training of current and former employees of the care giving field, social workers and local administration employers, which have an interest in consulting activities for technical assistance systems.
For more information about the dates and selected topics, download this flyer.
Further information can be obtained by email: conny.will@iaq-hd.de.