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Basic Skills within VET: online discussion

15/11/2017
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Basic Skills within VET: online discussion
Basic Skills within VET: online discussion
As part of EPALE’s November focus on vocational education and training (VET) for adults, we would like to hear your views on how best to address poor basic skills within VET.
 
The discussion organised by the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) is open to everyone and will take place on this page on 16 November (starting from 10.00 CET) and 17 November 2017. It will be moderated by EBSN Secretary General, Graciela Sbertoli and the EBSN EPALE team.
This online discussion can be seen as preparation for the European Vocational Skills Week. The EBSN will be represented at the main event in Brussels and will convey there the results of this online discussion. Don’t miss the opportunity to share with the EPALE community your experience, views and questions on the topic. We would love to hear:
 
  • Your experience of managing, teaching or designing VET with a focus on basic skills.
  • How basic skills are addressed within VET in your country.
  • Different models for the integration or embedding of basic skills.
 
We would also be very interested to read (very) short case studies of VET initiatives which deal effectively with basic skills. Include links to documents and web resources that provide more information. It does not matter if these are not in English.
 
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Kasutaja Graciela Sbertoli pilt
... seem to have been cooperating in an initiative that has got the European prize? Or have I got it wrong? Yes, please, we want to hear much more about this Irish initiative! Thanks a lot for this, Martina!
Kasutaja Christianne Fenech pilt
Hi all, 

Thanks for the very interesting comments that are being made. 
EU Agenda for Adult Learning has outlined the importance of work place learning/on the job training in order to tackle basic skills at the place of work. 

The success of any work based learning instance is very much dependent on the skills of the tutor delivering the course. Standardised training for adult basic skills educators does not currently exist in Malta. This would be a major obstacle, when attempting to increase employer and employee engagement with basic skills courses in the work place. Work place delivery of basic skills requires a specific skills set, additional to more general proficiency in adult tuition.

With regards to this, we have just partnered up with our Rosemarie from bbb in Germany and other colleagues across Europe to really work and improve our knowledge on how we can provide a more coordinated approach to the topic. In my opinion, Malta has a strong appetite for addressing basic skills and the creation of such training manual (as one of the outputs of our 'Professionalization of trainers in work related basic skills') will help address some of the gaps that can be currently found in our systems. 

Looking forward for more collaborative sessions such as this. 

Thanks 
Christianne 
Kasutaja Graciela Sbertoli pilt
Thanks a lot, Christianne! This is really good news. Among other things, it means that those excellent German materials Rosemarie was telling us about will actually soon be translated into English? Or are you translating to Maltese? We would love to hear more about your first experiences! Stay tuned!
Kasutaja Christianne Fenech pilt
We shall try and translate documents to Maltese too once finalised. I will be posting updates on the topic and how Malta is faring on the topic. Thanks 
Kasutaja Rosemarie Klein pilt
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Hello and good morning,

I am very late as I was out oft he office yesterday, but this morning I followed the interesting discussion and would like to contribute.

Our experiences show that work-based basic skills training as a vocational training offer has proved itself as a significant way to reach employees without vocational qualification, with migration background and non-recognised vocational qualifications and in the receiving field employed refugees for a development of their basic competencies. A variety of projects and implementation strategies have generated empirical findings on this innovative training field on how access to companies and employees, work-based learning and competence development can be designed and which organizational conditions promote this business field. It has been shown that if strategies for continuing education are to be successful for unskilled workers, work-based learning must be professionally designed. Based on this idea we recently started a ERASUS+ project that aimes on the development of a professionalization concept for trainers, which I mentioned in the Blog yesterday.

bbb since several years coordinates a network of trainers and teachers of work based basic skills, offers professionalisation studies for trainers and teachers that are interested in work based basic skills training and at the moment develops a toolbox with basic information, good practices, marketing material and didactic-methodic tools covering the process of a – as we call it – work based basic skills project with a company.

As Cäcilia already pointed out: the work based basic skills training offers need to be  tailored to the needs of employee and company, be individualized and oriented to changing requirements on the basic competencies of the workforce. To our experience one of main challenges for trainers is, that the learning offers are derived from concrete work and aim at the improvement of labor action.

 

Kasutaja Helen Casey pilt
Hi Rosemarie, 
I love your use of the term 'work based basic skills project with a company'. It manages to encapsulate so much of the way in which everything has to be tailored (as you and others have noted) to the particular needs of a particular company and within that to the particular needs of an individual employee within a particular job role. When this is allowed to flow, the rewards to company productivity can be substantive as well as the clear benefits to individual employees. You also speak in a later post of the 'high degree of creative freedom' needed 'to implement the courses in a participatory and process-oriented manner'. In my experience tutors really have to get 'under the skin' of an organisation to understand how basic skills competences are being used in workplace practices in order to design effective learning solutions.
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Kasutaja Graciela Sbertoli pilt
I totally agree with you both, Helen and Rosemarie. In the Norwegian SkillsPlus program (formerly called BCWL, Basic Competence in Working Life), we found quite early in the process how time consuming that can be for the tutor. We needed to ask providers to make provision for that time, to really engage with both the workers and their leaders and adapt both the structure of the course, the methods and the learning resources to the real needs of each work place. It takes time, but it makes the learning process so much efficient and motivating.