Design, Development and Piloting of a Training Path Addressed to SN People

Regardless of the training sectors, at time of designing a qualification path, each Country refers to different sources, different competent bodies and delivery practices. Inventories of knowledge, skills and abilities differs in fact among Member States although they refer to the same professional profiles. Partners will therefore carry out the following activities:

1) investigate local qualification system [DE, ES, FI, IT, LV] particularly regarding the knowledge, skills and abilities that make up the Hotel Services and Culinary Arts qualification paths to detect skills and abilities required to achieve a qualification

2) Identify Learning Outcomes and the relevant Units (if any) among those which are considered as, the most suitable ones for the purposes of the present project. Learning outcomes (Los) will be then ‘isolated’ from the original system and analysed/compared in order to avoid any redundance.  Los will then be merged into shared and common Units to design a sustainable SN training path to meet both the minimum requirements of each reference system and the labour market skills needs in the specific field.

The whole process will be driven by the ECVET principles, although the experimentation of this technical framework is not the main focus of the project.

3) At the completion of the LOs’ design work, the assessment procedure will be drafted: based on the specific needs of the target groups and the minimum requirement of each VET system, partners will concentrate on the various methodologies in use in each partner country and will identify possible common formats, templates and procedure with relevant filling guidelines for the assessors.

Measuring training results is often difficult so that assessing SN might be different and should investigate different aspects (or shall include them into regular assessing procedures). Based on the current practices and the partners’ past experience it will be necessary to elaborate tools assessing and measuring the emotional reults, paying specific attention to SN autonomy, level and duration of concentration, correct repetition of the work sequences, general behaviour.

Thus, the partners will concentrate on the creation of a “rating scale” rather than a traditional assessment grid, although respecting the minimum requirement of the 5 VET systems involved in the project.

The overall documentation will be piloted during the SN training:

1) The first piloting of the training path will be carried out during Year 2, in a period spanning from M17 till M22 based on the training calendar of each partner Country. 5/6 SN trainees will attend the course – totally min 25/max 30 – in order to assess the difficulties encountered and the benefits obtained by with the aim of improving the PACETRAINING  pedagogical model.

2) A second pilot is scheduled to run during Year 3 – from M26 until M33 – on order to operationalise and test the revised version of the training.

Given the complexity of the topic and the targeted needs, the described activities will have quite a long duration and will cover pretty much all the project timeframe (from month 3 up till month 33):

  1. A) During YEAR1 partners will concentrate on the drafting and further development of the overall training programme addressed to SN
  2. B) During YEAR2 and YEAR 3, the SN training will be piloted in each partner Country. The double piloting is felt as necessary to analyse SN reaction and the overall training effectiveness. The second piloting will deliver better measurable results and will enhance the replication possibility of the model, in the same field and others.

Throughout a capstone evaluation will be carried out, in order to get an outer view of the correct project management and the effectiveness of the model. A specific ongoing evaluation plan is attached to the present application.

The Output tangible results span on 3 different documents:

  • The qualification path for SN in the field of Hotel services and culinary arts: the compilation of common skills suitable for providing SN with the necessary abilities to perform into the labour market, based on each partners’ country inventory and the ESCO glossary.
  • The ECVET structuring of the qualification path addressed to SN including Units of Learning Outcomes, common glossary and description of the SN friendly qualification path.
  • The Assessment procedure and relevant documentation.

Such documents will be revised throughout the project lifetime based on the evidences collected during the 2 pilots.

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