Work package 3 - Capacity Building
The VENHANS WP3 – Capacity Building’s aims at collecting all the processes capable of empowering VET professionals’ knowledge and skills, VET providers’ attractiveness and quality of provision and VET stakeholders networking involvement, internalisation attitude towards VET learners.
Internationalisation of VET providers is considered of great importance. Internationalisation increases the reputation and prestige of training centres and allows practitioners and professionals working in the field to relate to their peers in other countries and exchange ideas and practices with the resulting benefits of improving the overall quality of the training offer.
Fostering VET attractiveness will be done by empowering VET organizations and professionals with knowledge and skills and encouraging the interest of VET centres towards the internationalization of their activities. Foreseen actions are based on peer learning, online information sessions en benchmarking.
VENHANS partners, in close collaboration with the VET4EU2 members, will encourage exchange of good practice and foster debate and discussion among VET providers all over Europe to promote excellence in VET thanks to:
EXCELLENCE PEER-LEARNING REVIEWS
The organization of a set of Peer Learning Reviews (PLR) for teachers/trainers/operators of VET. A roadmap for physical and virtual PLR’s for the organisation of 6 study visits on regional and international level. These Peer Learning Reviews are based on the catalogue of excellence centres of the Quality Label cataloque.
OPEN VET WEBINARS
VET webinars are organized and broadcasted in English and national languages, to share information and promote the exchange of good practices among European VET providers. These webinars are short seminars delivered via the internet with the support of a dedicated software platforms providing online presentation features. The content for the Peer Learning Reviews and the webinars are agreed among the VET4EU2 members. They focus on issues helpful to stimulate the discussion of the VET policy agenda and other EU relevant themes: the effective use of EU funds, VET excellence, tools methodologies in future proof teaching, and the added value of collaboration.
VET WEBINARS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE (EVW) AND NATIONAL LANGUAGE (NLVW)
“Social Utility” benchmarking tool is able to measure the effectiveness in terms of social impact of the action of a VET training centre. The statistical model has been taken by the one used by Afpa (France) and provides, starting from a set of statistical data collected by the training centre, a feedback about 5 indicators of Social Utility of the VET centre activity. The benchmark leads to a Road Map for Improvement, that can be developed by the interested VET centres referring to the benchmark outcome. The benchmark is applied towards to the VET centre’s organization/network, region, nation or can be requested at EU level.
This kind of assessment and benchmarking is of strategic importance to demonstrate the relevance and benefits for society of the investments made in VET. Many are the beneficiaries of such analysis, not last for the funding bodies which will be able to demonstrate the investments made in VET are profitable for the society. Thus, this is one pillar of the EVTA capacity building actions, which will focus on the adaptation and promotion of the tool in all the EU countries not yet covered. The activity will integrate and further develop the outcome of the Erasmus+ KA3 project SOLITY, a cooperation project between EVTA and EVBB, which is developing the basic tool, which is followed with much interest by the DG Employment.
SOLITY tool will be available in 21 European languages.
Stay tuned for finalization of the Solity tool and its support service.
VET centres internationalization is one of the key issues of the Erasmus+ initiative, VET4EU2 members agreed to develop and test a self-assessment/benchmarking tool leading to a Roadmap for Improvement in terms of capability of a VET centre to “go international”.
The tool is referring to the principles enlisted in the “GO INTERNATIONAL practical guide on strategic internationalization” developed by the Erasmus+ National agencies in 2017, and allows an on-line self-assessment and feedback elaboration.
EVTA and VET4EU2 will in such way support the dissemination of the Guidelines and start a capacity building process of all the VET centres aimed to develop and implement an internationalization strategy.
Stay tuned to see more about the GO International tool and its support service.
SILVER EXPERT GROUP
Settlement of a workgroup of retired VET experts (“Silver Experts Group”) committed to deliver free consultancy, participating in cooperation projects for quality improvement in VET systems or giving advice for national and international VET networking development.
VENHANS will support the volunteering experts organizing one meeting per year of the Silver group, with secretariat activities, fostering relationship with interested third parties
Stay tuned for further information.