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IdiVET – Improving Digital Learning in VET

IdiVET

IDiVET – Improving Digital Learning in VET – is a strategic partnership project (KA2) supported by the Erasmus+ Programme. The project aims to support the adoption of innovative pedagogical approaches and the use of digital technologies in vocational education and training. 5 partners have joined forces to carry out this action.

Erasmus+.

Partners

Association Nationale pour la Formation Automobile (ANFA) – France – Coordinator of the project: ANFA is a non-for-profit sector organisation managed by the social partners of the French automotive services sector. ANFA promotes employment and the renewal of the sector’s work force. One of its tasks is to make VET correspond to the needs of the sector. ANFA works with a network of 80 partner VET centres across the whole of France. 

Scuola Centrale Formazione Associazione (SCF) – Italy: SCF is a non-for-profit organisation recognized by the Ministry of Labour joining together 47 organisations managing 106 VET centres distributed in 11 different regions. SCF works primarily to offer a representative support and an effective coordinating action to all associates, with a specific interest on methodologies, evaluation, innovation and transfer of best practices.

Conselleria de cultura, educacion e universidade – Xunta de Galicia – Spain:  the Conselleria is the department of the Regional Government Galicia in charge of the definition and coordination of plans for the promotion of entrepreneurship and the employability improvement of students in vocational training (VET).

Société d’Enseignement Professionnel du Rhône (SEPR) – France: SEPR is one of the biggest vocational training centres in France. It trains nearly 4,000 learners each year in 6 sectors. SEPR was selected by the European Commission to integrate its Digital Action Plan and pilot the experimentation if the SELFIE diagnostic tool for VET centres in France.

Ammattiopisto Luovi – Finland: Luovi provides upper secondary education and training for young people and adults nationwide in Finland. It is the largest vocational special education institution in Finland with 1800 students with special needs in initial VET and over 20 sites across the country.

Context

The COVID 19 pandemic has added further urgency to the need to develop innovative digital practices in the area of education. This is particularly true for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and even more so regarding initial VET on European Qualification Framework (EQF) level 3 and 4. Due to a certain focus on manual skills, VET has been less “digital” than other areas of education. 

As anti-COVID 19 measures and restrictions increased across the globe, VET providers had to come up with quick solutions to maintain teaching and training provision. In many cases, this involved the deployment of digital practices and tools they were not very familiar with – without paying much attention to underlying theoretical approaches. 

Nonetheless, the pandemic has not only been perceived as a major challenge but also as opportunity. To some teachers, trainers and VET providers, the COVID19 crisis has acted as a catalyst accelerating the introduction of new digital practices which would have required much more time under normal circumstances. It has unlocked the creative and innovative potential of European VET teachers and trainers. 

Objectives

So far, the COVID 19 experience and its impact on digital VET teaching practices has not been analysed in detail. The present project intends to support the uptake of innovative approaches and digital technologies in VET in a twofold manner. Firstly, it will develop a grid to analyse digital VET practice developed since the outbreak of the pandemic and create a repository of concrete good practice examples from the area of automotive VET. Secondly, the project will build on the insights from this analysis to provide general recommendations on the principles of quality digital VET and develop and test a transnational training course for teachers and trainers.

To do so, the project will expand on national and European projects and initiatives, such as SELFIE and DigCompEdu and build on the shared and complementary expertise of a consortium reflecting the variety of VET across Europe. Even though the main focus will be on pedagogical support to teachers and trainers facing the “Herculean task” of abruptly adopting digital and distance learning, the project will also highlight external factors facilitating the emergence of innovative digital approaches.

The project will support VET professionals in capitalising on their COVID-19 experience in developing further innovative practice. It will foster the innovative use of digital technologies and support VET providers in dealing with the “new normal” by developing suitable solutions to hybrid training. In doing so, the project intends to contribute to making responsive digital VET a crucial means for overcoming the economic and social aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

Idivet

Digitaalisuuden kehittäminen ja käytänteiden jakaminen

COVID 19 -pandemia on lisännyt kiireellisyyttä tarpeeseen kehittää innovatiivisia digitaalisia käytäntöjä koulutuksen alalla. Tämä pätee erityisesti ammatilliseen koulutukseen (VET) ja varsinkin eurooppalaisen tutkintojen viitekehyksen (EQF) tasojen 3 ja 4 alkuvaiheen ammatilliseen koulutukseen. Kun COVID 19: n vastaiset toimenpiteet ja rajoitukset lisääntyivät ympäri maailmaa, ammatillisen koulutuksen tarjoajien oli keksittävä nopeita ratkaisuja opetuksen ja koulutuksen ylläpitämiseksi. Ratkaisuna pyrittiin kehittämään  nopeasti digitaalisten käytäntöjen ja työkalujen käyttöönottoa – kiinnittämättä paljon huomiota taustalla oleviin teoreettisiin lähestymistapoihin.

COVID19 -kriisi on nopeuttanut uusien digitaalisten käytäntöjen käyttöönottoa. Se on avannut eurooppalaisten ammatillisen koulutuksen opettajien ja kouluttajien luovia ja innovatiivisia mahdollisuuksia. Toistaiseksi COVID 19 -kokemusta ja sen vaikutusta digitaaliseen ammatilliseen koulutukseen ei ole analysoitu yksityiskohtaisesti. Tämän hankkeen tarkoituksena on tukea innovatiivisten lähestymistapojen ja digitaaliteknologioiden käyttöönottoa ammatillisessa koulutuksessa kahdella tavalla. Ensinnäkin se kehittää verkon analysoimaan pandemian puhkeamisen jälkeen kehitettyjä digitaalisia ammatillisen koulutuksen käytäntöjä ja luo arkiston konkreettisista hyvistä käytännön esimerkeistä autojen ammatillisen koulutuksen alalla. Toiseksi hanke perustuu tämän analyysin näkemyksiin ja antaa yleisiä suosituksia laadukkaan digitaalisen ammatillisen koulutuksen periaatteista sekä kehittää ja testata monikansallista koulutuskurssia opettajille ja kouluttajille.

Connect person / lisätietoja

Miia Tolonen international coordinator, Miia.Tolonen@luovi.fi, +358 40313183

Future Jobs from North to South

Future Jobs from North to South

Future skills for working life.

This project aims to exchange good practice on how VET (vocational education and training) institutions can best respond to future skills requirements on the labor market. It also aims to share the expertise of partner organizations and learn together new ways on how to work with the world of work and achieve future skill requirements.

Objectives of the project

Sharing best practices

The management and staff will learn the respective projects in the partner countries. Best practices will be shared as a digital blog. Trainers can exchange ideas, gain experience and pass these results on to their own companies as multipliers.

Inquiring needs of companies

What skills do future employees need in the companies that go beyond professional and job-specific qualifications? Which general skills must be imparted?

Summarizing the results in a blog

It will serve not only as a guide for partners to adapt the project curricula, but also for future projects and measures.

We aim to

  1. Improve the skills and competencies of the participating employees
  2. Strengthen the link between the strategy of the organizations and the cooperation and collaboration with companies
  3. Promote wider opportunities for cooperation and collaboration and joint development of partners 
  4. More visibility for internationalization
  5. Awareness of the needs of future jobs at all levels

Future jobs blog

Read more about the project from upcoming blog!

Participants

Read more about the partners

Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands gemeinnütziger e.V., Germany

The CJD is one of Germany’s largest social and educational organisations. Every year, it gives 155,000 young people and adults guidance and opportunities for the future. 9,500 full-time employees and numerous volunteers at over 150 locations provide help, support and education/training. This work is based on the Christian conception of what it means to be human, with the vision: “Let no one fall by the wayside!”

Federazione Centro Nazionale Operesalesiane Formazione Aggiornamento Professionale, Italy

The CNOS-FAP Federation, National Centre of Salesian Institutions – Vocational Training and Updating, is an Italian association founded on December 9th 1977. It coordinates the Italian Salesian VET centres who provide a public service in vocational guidance, initial, higher and continuous vocational education and training, following the educational methodology of St. John Bosco. It is a non-profit organization, representing in Italy the Salesians’ commitment towards the delivering of VET services and programs, particularly addressed to marginalized youth.

Salesian Institutions are in 133 Countries; as VET providers they started their activities in 1870 and are currently active in 108 Countries, managing about 1845 technical and educational schools and VET centres addressed to more than 1.215.000 beneficiaries, numbering them among the eldest, long-lasting and widest network of training providers of the world.

At national level, The CNOS-FAP Federation operates in 16 Italian Regions with 60 Centres, coordinated by the National Office, active in VET field mainly through providing vocational guidance and counselling services for youth and adults, and planning and delivering courses and modules in different fields. Nowadays, CNOS-FAP Federation is fully equipped and is available to enable vocational training for youth and adults in many sectors, with particular regard to the following areas: Industrial engineering, Civil and Industrial electrical and automation systems, Basic and advanced information technology, Company secretary and desk work, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Hotel and Hospitality, Car Mechanics and Energy.

Hengitysliitto ry /Ammattiopisto Luovi, Finland

Ammattiopisto Luovi (Luovi Vocational College) provides vocational education and training, VET at upper secondary level for both young and adults nationwide. Luovi is the largest vocational special education institution in Finland and it is spread across 22 sites. There are 1800 students with special needs in initial VET. Reasons may include mental health and social problems, minor developmental delays, reading and writing difficulties and developmental disorders. The students of Luovi need individual support and study guidance.

Luovi provides initial VET in seven fields of study: Cultural sector, Natural sciences, Natural resources and the environment, Tourism, catering and domestic services, Technology, communication and transport and Social sciences, business and administration. Besides, Luovi provides preparatory training, VALMA for vocational studies and TELMA for independent living and work.

L’Heure Joyeuse, Marocco

Joyeuse has been developing concrete and sustainable solutions, based on innovative approaches, designed to improve the daily lives of underprivileged children as well as young people.

Three activity sectors

Training and professional integration sector: Be engaged and act with youth for their life goals. Facilitate young people’s integration to the professional environment via appropriate support through the OPIU (Professional Orientation and Insertion unit). Provide quality training within our CFAs (Training Center by Learning) or at partner training centers. Initiate, support, and train young people for entrepreneurship.

Educational sector: Ensure educational, pedagogical, social,and academic support tailored to the needs of children and young people in difficulty. Strengthen their autonomy. Develop families’ resilience. Tackle school drop-out in rural areas.

Health sector: Fight against child mortality. Address the medical needs of the Educational sector. Bring aid to populations in high medical distress.

Stiftelsen Utbildning Nordkalotten, Sweden

Stiftelsen Utbildning Nordkalotten (The Arctic Vocational Foundation), Utbildning Nord is situated in Övertorneå, in the northern part of Sweden. Utbildning Nord started as a vocational training provider 1970. Since 1991 the school has been organized as a non-profit making foundation. The governments in Finland, Norway and Sweden have the responsibility for the foundation. Beside the regulations of the foundation the activities are regulated by an agreement of co-operation between the three countries.

Utbildning Nord is a vocational training provider for the Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish labor markets’ needs. Vocational training is tailored to each individual student and the teaching methods focus on the motto “learning by doing”. This means that many of the training programs are based on practical learning with the support of teachers.

Training programs includes Hotel and Restaurant, Engineering and industry, Construction and craft, Information and communication technology and Assistant nurse. We have 68 teachers and other staff members, 285 adult learners (20+years old) and 48 young learners (16-19 years old).

More information

Mikael Tikkanen
+358 40 319 3353
mikael.tikkanen@luovi.fi