Education - Employment Partnership for VET in the fashion sector (E&E Fashion)
Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership 2016 - 1 - RO01 - K202 - 024710
The Bruges Communiqué for 2011 - 2020 underlines the importance of investing in people’s skills and ensuring they remain relevant to labour market needs. Moroever, it is pointed out that today's pupils and students will still be in the beginning of their career in 2020 with at least 30 years to go in their professional live, and some of them in occupations that do not exist today and others perhaps in occupations that are disappearing.
The European Council in its informal meeting in January 2012 agreed that Member States should increase "substantially the number of apprenticeships and traineeships to ensure that they represent real opportunities for young people, in cooperation with social partners and where possible integrated into education programmes". Experience suggests that this form of education can meet the twin goals of improving individuals' employability and increasing economic competitiveness. Member States and social partners committed themselves in the Bruges Communiqué, the European agenda for cooperation in vocational education and training (VET), to the objective of including work-based learning in all initial VET courses.
As mentioned in the Rethinking Education Communication and the Youth Employment Package, the value of VET – and notably of dual training systems - in facilitating youth employment is clearly acknowledged. Creating opportunities for high-quality work-based learning thus lies at the heart of current European education and training policies. In February 2013, the European Council confirmed that the highest priority should be given to promoting youth employment and invited the Commission to establish a “European Alliance for Apprenticeships”. It also announced the creation of a dedicated Youth Employment Initiative, open to regions with high youth unemployment rates, with a financial support of EUR 6 billion.
Problem to be addressed and consequences
In this context, Partners identified the folowing problems to be addressed:
- the supply of apprenticeship and traineeship places in the EU continues to be under-developed. The picture varies greatly by country. Those enrolled in apprenticeships in the strict sense, represent33% of secondary VET students. 24 EU countries have schemes in place where learners spend more than 50% of their time learning in the workplace, but the scope of the schemes varies widely.
-the permeability between iVET and cVET often represents an important challenge for individuals in pursuing their professional training.
-a lack of workplace experience and the related skills and competences is one of the factors contributing to the "skills gap" in the EU today. While 5.6 million young people in the EU suffer the consequences of unemployment, 36% of employers' report that they struggle to find new recruits with the skills they need.
The project brings together 9 partners from 4 European countries, forming a transnational cooperation partnership with a balanced regional geographical representation of the Erasmus+ area and with qualitative representation for Romania. Moreover, the project is highly supported by the Nord-Est Regional Agency for Development in Romania (please see attached the Letters of Associate Partner)
Project aim and objectives
The project aims at developing a European teaching and training Toolkit for practically supporting the implementation of work based learning in all stages of iVET. Moreover, the project will support the implementation of quality assurance mechanisms for WBL in iVET in the fashion sector with a specific focus on feedback loops between iVET and cVET systems.
Methodological approach and key outputs
Since the very beginning of the project partners will define the concrete methodological strategies and approaches for disseminating the state of art of WBL implementation in the sector and existing good praticies in the field. The consortium will design and launch the project official website. Then, Partners will develop the contents of the Work based Learning Toolkit. The next step will be to define the Quality Assurance Guidelines and tools and the training programme for teachers and in-company trainers. These outputs will be validated during the project consultations and testing phase and will be fine tuned at the end of the project, made available online, on the website. These results will be included in the final publication of the Project and will be further exploited with open licence.
Legal notice: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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