Starting ground : 2 major gaps for trainees/students in VET (Vocational Education & Training):

  • The separation between corporate life and higher education remains a strong handicap, and the knowledge triangle integration is too slow.
  • The synergies and gateways between ECTS and. ECVET are too weak at present.

Working in a multi-actors system, our partnership involves higher education organisations, students, organisations in contact with enterprises and socio-economic actors, and with European associations in the field of vocational training and supporting quadruple helix approach.

On-the-job training sections are necessary elements of modern vocational education and training. These mandatory internships are integrated parts of the curriculum, their evaluation and a kind of accreditation is unavoidable. The short term impact of the project is the improvement of these kinds of evaluations of the trainings through cross-fertilisation of the existing practices. This will also help diminish the mismatch between knowledge, skills and competences offered by the on-the-job trainings of the partners.
The creation of mutual confidence among partners facilitates learner mobility among the partners with transfer and validation of learning outcomes.
This direct impact of the project's meeting series will be realised after having signed bilateral agreements on such exchanges between the relevant partners.
The students participating in the project are expected to be the first exchange trainees for internship.
One special meeting (in Belgium) is partially devoted to ECVET, the accreditation initiative of the EU for vocational training. This opens the door towards describing qualifications in terms of units of learning outcomes which are expected to be transferable and which can be accumulated with associated credit points. This long term impact can be realised in posterior follow up projects and can contribute to closing the gap between ECTS and ECVET evaluations.