VET2Business in brief:
VET2Business is an ambitious Erasmus+ Project under Key Action 3 – Support for Policy Reform “VET Business Partnerships”aiming to establish a strong cross-regional partnership in Greece and Germany in order to tackle the students’ and employees’ identified skills gaps in the Tourism Sector by creating two innovative VET curricula in Hospitality & Catering sub-sectors and by building a strong network with SMEs, while responding to their demands through the implementation of work based learning (WBL).
The VET2Business Project’s duration is two (2) years, starting from 10/2017 to 09/2019.
Our aim is to:
- Tackle high youth unemployment and skills mismatch in the Hotels and Catering Sector, by bridging the gap between Training and Business Sector and improving relevance of education and training to labour market needs, and to raise excellence.
- Establish a viable Partnership, develop up to date work-based learning schemes in the Tourist Sector, emphasizing in the apprenticeship.
- Transfer knowledge and transnational capacity building, in Hotel and Catering Training modules, including WBL and apprenticeship.
- Develop new innovative tools that will enhance communication and cooperation between the VET System and the Sectoral Businesses.
is to build a new Occupational Profile and Skills Chart for professionalsin the Hotels & Catering Sector.
Our action plan:
is to create two new Curricula in the field including strong Work Based Learning (WBL) and apprenticeships programmesimplementing a needs analysis of the business sector, as well as design and development of an “ePORTFOLIO for apprentices.
- Two new Curricula in the Hotel and Catering Sector
Focus is given to SMEs, since their needs in trained workforce are more demanding, the positions are multitasking and with a wider range of skills and competences than larger enterprises.
Also, we are going to adapt existing training material to the EQF, ECVET characteristics.
- Embedded Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship
Each curriculum will offer a work based learning component that account for 30%-50% of the students’ core learning hours, dependent on employer’s requirements and country specific considerations. This practical, hands-on industry experience will benefit the students in each country by enhancing knowledge and delivering first-hand experience of working in the creative sector, increasing opportunities for future employment and labour mobility.
Work-based learning will encompass the concept of live briefsto provide learners with real-life situations where they can directly apply.
- Design and development of an “ePORTFOLIO for apprentices
The first step towards supporting WBL and Apprenticeship includes the development of our web platform. After the development of our “e-portfolio” platform for Apprenticeship, we are going to provide adequate publicity ensuring that a substantial number of interested trainees, will be able to use “e-porfolio”.
The main feature of the e-portfolio for apprenticeship platform will be the easy accessible content for apprenticeship in Hotel & Catering sector.
E-portfolio is going to contain:
- The content aligned to the two Curricula developed(including training material and the handbooks and trainers material produced);
- The results of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) categorized and easy to be accessed;
- Curricula currently offered with an analysis of their learning outcomes;
- Reports and other documentation on Skills and Competences needed within the Tourism Sector;
- Developed Skills Charts.
Adaptation & Piloting of the Curricula:
After designing the Curricula, our partnership is going to adapt each of them under Greece’s and Germany’s specific context. This “adaptation” process is necessary to ensure that the generic curriculum, is fit-for-purpose and suited to the context and specific requirements of a particular country.
The piloting of the curricula will be delivered in each participating country, namely in the Greece and Germany involving the country VET provider and the social partner as well as the Regional Authority. Our focus is going to be given for the implementation of WBL and apprenticeship and the use of our newly developed platform and the first implementation of consultation to SMEs and employers.
Pilot phase – 6 month duration will seek to recruit:
- 15 students onto each of the two curricula in each country, that is a total of 30 students in each country, and 60 across the Project.
- 3 tutors per curricula per country, totalling 6 tutors in each country, and 12 across the Project.
- 10 employers per curricula in each country, totaling 20 employers per country, and 40 across the Project.
The envisaged impact:
The impact envisaged on the establishment or development of VET-business partnerships on apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning (WBL) in vocational education and training (VET):
- Tourism Sector’s competitiveness enhanced with an emphasis on SMEs;
- Higher Employability of Young Students in the Sector Achieved;
- Mentoring schemes are going to be applied during implementation of WBL and apprenticeship;
- More than 5.000 SMEs are going to be reached and informed on the Curricula and WBL opportunities;
- A consultation process between Social Partners and VET Institutions is going to be established;
- Main stakeholders and governmental bodies are going to be informed.