MAKE IT final Conference opens the door for the use of the RPL scheme in the welding sector

The MAKE IT final conference was hosted by EWF on the 31st October 2018 in Porto-Salvo, Portugal, and focused on the exploitation of the achieved results, in particular the EWP LOs Standards, the Pedagogical Kit for trainers and the RPL Scheme and tools for the Welding Sector.

The project presentation was integrated in the European Conference on Sectoral Qualifications (summary document available here) +link which aimed at showcasing the actions undertaken to keep an international training and qualification system (based on the EWF System for the welding sector) recognised and updated with the requirements of industry, education and learners needs. The conference addressed the impact of integrating European tools (e.g. EQF, ECVET, ESCO) on developing innovative methodologies, both for curriculum designing and training delivering. These developments are aligned with MAKE IT, since the project is underpinned by a strong strategic alliance and a successful partnership between stakeholders, towards the transparency, mobility and recognition of skills across Europe.
All project partners attended the event and played an active role during the plenary session and dedicated workshops. Two articulated workshops were organised, one addressing the “Tools to support training and qualifications in Manufacturing” and another addressing the “Recognition and validation of prior learning in the welding sector”.

The event gathered around 60 European participants, from Portugal and abroad including Tunisia, which represented the project target groups: Authorised Training Body (ATB’s), (Authorised Nominated Body (ANB’s), VET teachers/trainers/guidance professionals, experts in education and welding, national and European stakeholders and policy makers.

The satisfaction questionnaires results revealed that attendants valued as “likely” or “certain” the use of the MAKE It RPL tools and training materials for their companies or organisations. This fact is a very important achievement regarding the sustainability of the project.

More results are available in the “Final Conference Report”.