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Erasmus+ Project TeBeVAT - Validation of informal learning in the professional field of event technicians

TeBeVAT is a pilot study about identification, recognition, assessment and validation of informal and non-formal competences and skills for occupations within the entertainment technology industry. The TeBeVAT-Process should eventually lead to partial certification within the examination requirements and specifications of vocational training and education certificates within the EU. Ultimately, an understanding of all certifications is the long-term goal to allow transparency and the freedom of movement for workers in the EU.

The project is carried out on behalf of BF/M Bayreuth (Betriebswirtschaftliches Forschungszentrum für Fragen der mittelständischen Wirtschaft e. V.) with help of the European partners STEPP (Belgium), Gecko Programmes Ltd. (Great Britain), SV-wtu e. U. (Austria), StudioCentroVeneto (Italy) and VPLT (Germany). Further OSAT from Netherlands participate in the follow-up project TeBeVAT 2.0.

The focus of the project is the validation of learning results from non-formal (learning which is embedded in planned activities not explicitly designated as learning or at independent educational institutions) and informal learning (learning resulting from daily activities related to work, family or leisure). The implementation of the European Performance System (ECVET) and the ESCO classification of European skills, competences, qualifications, and occupations, that categorizes these occupations under the ISCO code 3521 = broadcasting and audio-visual technicians, will be used and the job profiles in the sector “event technology” respected. In the countries concerned, there are formal vocational qualifications. However, many who are career changers are employed in this labour market segment without formal vocational qualifications, although they possess comparable skills. The project researches how to diagnose non-formal and informal learning results and how these can be validated on the basis of examination regulations of the participating countries. Our prior research has shown that there are very few examples regarding validation of non-formal and informal learning.

The TeBeVAT Process is based on four steps:

Step 1 Identification. Information, Application, Councelling and Guidance

Step 2 Pre-Assessment

Step 3 Assessment

Step 4 Validation

The fifth Step Certification can only be done by the awarding bodies in each partner country.

TeBeVAT project is almost finished, but the work will be continued within the follow-up project TeBeVAT 2.0.

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