MAKE IT Project
Training and Qualification of Welding Personnel has been developed over the years by National, European and International bodies and their accredited training centres. But there is an urgent need for modernizing and developing an innovative approach and methodology, regarding the qualification and training process in the welding sector - a shift to the Learning Outcomes (LOs) approach, a correspondence to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) levels and a possible assignment of European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) points.
The MAKE IT project will allow the redefinition of the “European Welding Practitioner” professional profile, addressing the market need for qualified people in welding technology and with competences not only in the “old” processes but also in the “new”, advanced ones. Europe is changing increasingly quicker, so learners and professionals need an adequate training curricula and a structured system for validation of competences. MAKE IT will promote the cooperation between different EU and national recognition tools, by ensuring that skills and qualifications can be easily recognized across borders.
The main aim of the project is to develop a European sector-oriented qualification system into the LOs approach and establish a European harmonized scheme for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Welding sector.
This will facilitate recognition and certification of the respective LOs by:
- - Implementing the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) principles
- - Integrating innovative approaches to teaching and learning;
- - Improving the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) on the welding sector.
The LOs approach will allow to identify what the learner knows, understands and is able to do after completion of the course, while shifting the focus from an input-centred model into an output-centred model of qualification.
Also, a harmonized curricula will foster the mobility of workers in the European labour market, since it facilitates their qualification recognition through the definition of credits and referenced qualifications in European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
The main objective of the MAKE IT project is to use an EU harmonized qualification system, the EWF Qualification system, and to adapt it to the current market needs. This will be done by:
- - Re-designing the current system to fit the industry requirements in terms of qualified personnel;
- - Re-designing the training curricula by introducing modern training and evaluation tools for an intermediate level of qualification - the “European Welding Practitioner”.
A recognition and validation of competences model for the “European Welding Practitioner” profile will be used, applying the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) methodologies to this curriculum. This aims at:
- - Introducing this innovative training qualification among new EU partners;
- - The introduction of a Recognition of Prior Learning Model (RPL) among EU partners that are already providing training, but do not have established processes for recognition of work-based learning and validation of qualifications;
- - The identification of common procedures and gaps related to the “European Welding Practitioner” qualification profile in the different EU countries;
- - Establishing an operational framework to develop a model based on EQF levels, boosting the recognition and transfer of credits by applying ECVET methodology and tools;
- - Enhancing skills and competences of trainers in the welding sector, by promoting the exchange of successful pedagogical methods and practices between teachers and trainers from VET;
- - Developing an EU Network to stimulate future cooperation and mobility in the field of education and work and promoting the project results as a best practice to other sectors.
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