RAFT, project for Work-Based Learning Recognition

The Erasmus + project RAFT "Work-Based Learning Recognition" aims to take part in the construction of evaluation systems that can support formalization of WBL evaluation with a view to certifying such skills while preserving the general informal context of training. Further explanations can be found below. The information will be updated as the project progresses.

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Context

Diverse European works have highlighted the multiple forms of Work-Based Learning (WBL) organised in Europe and have developed recommendations in terms of key competences for trainers in WBL.

However, despite a proven informal recognition of WBL, a persistent difficulty has been identified at the level of the recognition of learning outcomes. Indeed, although methodologies based on informal/non-formal learning have proved to be very relevant to enable low-skilled people to achieve efficient training pathways, the informal/non-formal character of these systems does not currently allow them to be certified.

Objectives

Therefore, the project "Work-Based Learning Recognition (Reconnaître les Acquis en Formation par le Travail - RAFT") aims to take part in the construction of evaluation systems that can support formalization of WBL evaluation with a view to certifying such skills while preserving the general informal context of training.

More precisely, RAFT project aims to :

  • build a clear, precise and relevant reference framework;
  • develop an evaluation process consistent with the training process;
  • produce simple, concrete, objective observation tools;
  • produce simple, concrete and individualizable reporting tools.

This new approach will enable people with low qualifications to highlight all their knowledge (knowledge, know-how, interpersonal skills, etc.).

Intellectual outputs expected

To do this, training and integration professionals will be equipped with RAFT resources namely : 

Assessment Reference Frameworks in the horticultural and catering sectors (O1),

Guide on methods for assessing informal learning (O2),

Quality Guide for recognition systems (O3)

Procedures manual for recognition/validation, including the production of Open Badges (O4).

The Strategic Document for the recognition of informal/non-formal learning outcomes of low-skilled people (O5) will consolidate RAFT initiative by defining an implementation strategy for stakeholders, local decision-makers and sectoral actors.

In total, nearly 30 trainers and 80 trainees in Europe are expected to test the developed tools. From April 2023 onwards, all project outputs will be available free of charge in 6 languages (DE, EN, FR, IT, LV, SL) on RAFT website and Facebook page. 

Partnership

They will also available on project partners' websites. Tey are 8 partners from 6 European countries

  • Actions Intégrées de Développement, Belgium
  • Association locale d'insertion par l'économique, France
  • INUK Institut za napredno upravljanje komunikacij, Maribor, Slovenia
  • UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT, Austria
  • SCUOLA CENTRALE FORMAZIONE ASSOCIAZIONE SCF, Italy
  • ZEMGALES NEVALSTISKO ORGANIZACIJU ATBALSTA CENTRS BIEDRIBA, Latvia
  • CHANCE B HOLDING GMBH, Austria

They will use their experience and expertise for 2 and a half years to develop and test RAFT tools with professionals and their trainees.

ENVOL project, 2019-2022

Logo ENVOLThe ENVOL project "Recognition of transversal and professional competences at the first levels of the European Qualification Framework (EQF)" aims at the recognition (at levels 1 and 2 of the partner countries' qualification frameworks) of basic and/or professional competences (technical, non-technical and transversal competences) directly related to professional situations (teamwork, communication, problem-solving, etc.) acquired by adults in the framework of non- and/or in-formal training.

All news and information about the project are on the ENVOL Facebook page.

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Objective of the project

ENVOL wants to enable the recognition (at levels 1 and 2 of the qualification frameworks of the partner countries) of basic and/or professional competences (technical, non-technical and transversal competences) directly related to professional situations (teamwork, communication, problem solving, etc.) acquired by adults in the framework of non- and/or in-formal training.


Expected results

A recognition procedure at levels 1 and 2 to identify and define the processes and procedures by which non-formal and informal learning could be recognised at EQF levels 1 and 2: mutual learning workshops to discover innovative mechanisms for the assessment of learning outcomes in formal, non-formal and informal VET systems.

  • A positioning model for the development of a model for the positioning of partner countries' formative and summative assessments at levels 1 and 2 of the qualifications framework.
  • A practical guide to enable the positioning of learning outcomes at levels 1 and 2 of the National Qualifications Framework (based on the European Qualifications Framework)
  • A recommendation guide to provide policy recommendations for the implementation of the recognition of non-formal/informal learning at levels 1 and 2 of the European Qualifications Framework.

Partners

  • BELGIUM - AID Coordination (Project leader) - secretariat@aid-com.be - www.aid-com.be
  • ITALY - Scuola Centrale Formazione (project partner in partnership with CIVIFORM) - www.scformazione.org
  • PORTUGAL - Santa Casa Misericordia de Lisboa (Project partner) - www.scml.pt
  • SPAIN - CIFASA - Efas Castilla (Project partner) - www.efa-centro.org

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

E-Raise, expertise in partnership

Logo e-raiseThe e-raise for e-inclusion project (boosting the attractiveness, impact and skills of e-facilitators for e-Inclusion) will run for a two-year period (2012-2014) within the framework of the LLP Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Projects “Transfer of Innovation” programme with the reference number 2012-1-FR1-LEO05-34330. 

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Aims

The project aims relate to developing the skills of multimedia facilitators through specific online training programmes. Logo INFREP Infrep, Institut National de Formation et de Recherche sur l'Education Permanente (National institute for training and research on permanent education, France) is the project coordinator. Founded in 1982, its team of 250 employees and 150 consultants make it a key organisation that is active in 30 regional centres throughout France. see bottom of the page for the five other partners in this project. 


Expected results

The project aims to adapt the methodologies, results and products developed in the VET4e-Inclusion project. it will focus particularly adapting online learning modules developed for e-facilitators (or multimedia presenters) for greater social inclusion.

Thus, the transfer project aims to develop two new learning modules in France and in Italy 

  • transferring the VET4e-I methodologies, results and products to two new countries: Switzerland and Romania, and to develop two learning modules there
  • multiplying the number of beneficiaries (e-facilitators) of the results and products
  • developing a sustainability model for the results and products in each country participating in the transfer.

To better understand the project, go to the dedicated website

The project partners

E-raise for e-inclusion brings five other partners, from five countries together around the INFREP:

Logo ArciARCI - Associazione Recreativa e Culturale Italiana (Italy) 

ARCI is an independent civil society association that promotes active citizenship at a local level through leisure, training and cultural activities, social action and international solidarity. 

Esplai logoFundación Esplai (Spain)

Fundación Esplai is a non-profit organisation of international renown, that is mainly active in Europe and Latin America, whose mission is to educate children and youth, strengthen leisure organizations and the third sector, improve the environment and promote social inclusion and citizenship through ICT in order to reduce social exclusion and the digital divide. 

ACDC (Romania) 

ACDC logo

ACDC Romania is a professional association whose main mission is to promote social inclusion through modern technology, providing consulting services to vulnerable members of the community, such as disadvantaged groups in rural areas, marginalised groups (the disabled, minorities such as the Roma, and others).

FDEP - Foundation for the development of permanent education (Switzerland) 

Logo FDEP

this is a Swiss foundation of public utility, recognized as such by the Geneva government. Its main objective is to promote quality training for adults who have no or few basic competences.

Logo AIDActions Intégrées de Développement ASBL (Belgium), whose actions you are discovering over these pages. I this project, AID is more specifically in charge of the evaluation component, which strengthens the organisation’s expertise in partnerships. 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Method-experts and the skills-based approach

AID Coordination is recognised as one of the main experts on the skills-based approach. This is how our organisation was selected by the Interfédé (interfederation - a consortium of five federations working to promote access to training and employment for all) to supervise the work on the class 1 social and vocational insertion trainer, and was also chosen as a method-expert for the “7 filières” project commissioned by the Antoine practice through the Interfédé. More generally, AID puts its experience and tools in this field to offer team reflections and support on request.

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Concretely, several works and projects carried out in 2012 attest to the knowhow AID has developed on those issues: 

  • Producing the profile for the “class 1 social and vocational insertion trainer” for the interfederation;
  • Support, advice, coordination and follow-up for the “7 filières” project commissioned by the Antoine practice via the interfederation;  
  • 3 skills-based approach modules in the Brussels region;  
  • AID represented within the ECVET Belgian Team expert group;
  • Article in Démocratie on “Recognition for learning outcomes: between risk and opportunity”.

A number of these projects, which are still being finalised will be presented and end in 2013, and other publications will appear. It should be highlighted that the skills-based approach is also used in a cross-disciplinary way in numerous projects, for the development of job profiles, training manuals or assessment manuals. 

See our links section (in "ECVETs and lifelong learning") to find out more and access reference organisations and documents.