craft and smes VET-NET | PROJECT ACTIVITIES

Activities Description

The aim of the project is to foster mutual learning, peer counselling, capacity building and exchange of best practices between VET SMEs and Training Networks provided through a virtual learning environment that is based on the mix of formal and informal education.
The virtual environment foreseen both four learning phases and four distinct sections:
Communication: The project’s virtual learning environment should encourage a strategic discussion on future European cooperation between VET SME and craft providers related to outline a series of potential paths - scenarios – pointing towards plausible and consistent pictures of how VET can evolve in the next future depending on today’s decisions and policy choices. Particularly this section should also enable an exchange of mutual help between members on the most relevant problems and possible solutions, related to daily work experiences, about concrete issues and experiences on the introduction of innovation in their national VET systems The goal of this section is to start the community developing and encouraging the peer counselling, mutual help process and mutual multilingual platform networks and links.
Sharing:The project’s virtual learning environment will provide a section to share resources (i.e. project realized, technological tools, documents, etc) from any national experiences to foster the development of innovative VET strategies and activities. In this section a tool box is provided to deposit and share resources in order to accomplish the section goal.
Collaboration: The project environment should encourage the collaboration of the members on specific themes and issues focused on some specific VET topics and sectors (to be defined) through exchange of knowledge, experiences in a perspective of short term collaboration. In this application the term collaboration means action or activities of working with someone to create the necessary knowledge and experience. The collaboration will facilitate cultural change, trying to reduce the separation between study and work, intellectual activity and manual activity, which represents a characteristic trait of the VET system.
Cooperation : In this phase the collaboration it is foster in a long term perspective. The cooperation among the members is focused on set apply and deposit in a repository the best practices. This section is based on more formal and organized learning process. The goal of this section is also to establish partnership among VET Providers on a selected and strategic set of activities and topics like:

  • A labour market driven VET provision: in a scenario where technological and social changes requires to prepare people not only for existing jobs but also for future employments and job creation there is the need to develops a flexible C-VET system more open in terms of provisions trough new form of digital learning, blended learning, internationalization strategies, etc.
  • Innovative didactical models and technologies in order to make VET more flexible and accessible
  • Competences of trainers, teacher and VET professionals
  • Expertise on the effective use of European funding instruments

Craft and SMEs VET NET future activities

Planning and development of the platform’s structure and features
The platform works as a versatile and central tool in the project. It offers 4 different sections dedicated to very specific issues: (1) The section COMMUNICATION provides a well-structured forum, a blog, a virtual meeting place with the functionality of social networks specified on the presentation and communication of VET providers and training organizations, a database-driven presentation of (available and registered) partner descriptions. (2) The section SHARED provides a multilingual repository for contents. This covers, documents, ePubs, Videos, presentations, and other similar material. (3) The platforms parts dedicate to the COLLABORATION and COOPERATION will offer Webinars (up-to-date and repository), Video Conferencing, a specific forum supporting collaboration, and the link to Blended Learning Course(s), and many other tools and section that will be developed following the needs and the future requests of the Community

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Craft & SMEs VET-NET Community development
(Updating: November 2020 - End: December 2021)
The community, that has a specific domain focused on C-VET for adults, will have defined goals such as create an open space to debate and elaborate opinion and possible a common and shared vision about policies on VET in Europe or interactions and exchanges about learning models, tools and methods related also to the future of C-VET. Innovation, collaboration benefits from best practices sharing will be some of the activities of the first European network dedicated to C-VET. Nevertheless, it is important to underline that, even if some, topics, activities, and actions will be defined and planned, any final decision related to the development of community will be, in any case, a community-driven decision. The only possible way for an open, democratic and multi-cultural environment designed to be nurtured by cultural diversity and different organizations' styles and approaches.

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Building of the Sharing Process
(Updating - Start: March 2021 - End: December 2021)
A CoP is based on practices. The practice is a set of frameworks, ideas, tools, information, case stories, documents, learning materials, that community members share. Whereas the domain denotes the topic the community focuses on, the practice is the specific knowledge the community develops, shares, and maintains. The practice includes books, articles, papers, knowledge bases, learning materials, tutorials, a list of websites, and any other resources the members share. These shared resources embody a certain way of behaving, a perspective on problems and ideas, a thinking style, and in some cases an ethical or political View. In this sense practice is a sort of common culture, embodied in shared resources, that binds the community together.

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Development of the Collaboration and Consultancy
(Updating - Start: March 2021 - End: December 2021)
The goal of this stage of the Craft and SMEs VET NET community is to develop activities of mutual learning, peer counseling, and capacity building, through a bottom-up process of community growth. In this stage is crucial to develop awareness, trough collaboration activities, that many issues, for examples about vet policies and/or models of governance of VET policies implementation could have common issues in the various regional, national and European contest. From this perspective and to enlarge the Craft and SMEs VET NET community, the core group activities will be also designed to let the peer consultancy become, an information and orientation Desk Service about the use of European funds, transversal, and new skills for VET and other key topics. According to these activities access to 2 e-learning courses will be provided in this section of the virtual learning environment:
- e-learning course on the use of European funds
- e-learning course on Digitalisation

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Development of CO-OPERATION
(Updating - Start: April 2021 - End: December 2021)
The goal of this stage of Craft and SMEs VET NET community is to develop long-term activities of cooperation among Craft and SMEs VET NET community members. Craft and SMEs VET NET community members, at this stage, will develop a strong sense of ownership of their domain. They take pride in the ideas they have developed; the guidelines they have written the direction they have pushed their domain and the efficacy of their collective voice. This sense of ownership is the cornerstone to develop cooperation activities among partners. The strong sense of common identity developed is the base to look at each other member as a real partner for concrete projects that may be:

partnership on use of European funds (European projects or cross-border projects etc.)
pilot actions on developments of new learning methods, models, and learning products
map and compare the implementation status of VET policies in Europe to develop a shared and common vision of VET education present and future perspectives challenges and issues that will be gathered in an official paper containing key recommendations for European, national and regional institutions.

A template for building value creation stories will be implemented that will containing stories of “value creation” illustrating the complete process starting from community activities to the final results and outputs.

To carry on all these activities a collective and variable leadership will be selected among the core group members.
For the objectives, steps and actions indicated, will be used the technical tools and environments foreseen for the section “Collaboration” of the platform.

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