Network for Trainers in Europe
History and Future
Perspectives
Dr. Simone Kirpal
University of Bremen, Germany
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 2
Structure of the presentaion
1. History and contextual background
2. Structure and goals of the...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 3
Teachers and Trainers in VET
 Political priority set by the European ministers
for VET in Cope...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 4
Maastricht Communiqué (2004)
 Identify the specific learning needs and changing
roles of train...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 5
Contextual Background
 Trainers and VET professionals as new
target group in EU LLL policies
...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 6
Studies indicate that
 The area of VET trainers is underresearched
 Training professions lack...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 7
Network for Trainers
 funded under LdV Network strand
 Duration: 11/2007 – 11/2010
 Project ...
14/10/2010 S. Kirpal 8
Network‘s objectives
 Develop a European perspective on the situation and
professional development...
Network approach
 Enforce collaboration between the network
and other initiatives/projects that have VET
trainers as a ta...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 10
Network activities
1. Activities at the national level
Establish national networks of training...
14/10/2010 S. Kirpal 11
Network Platform
 Linking information, initiatives and people
 Exchange and knowledge sharing
 ...
Network Activities
1st
NW activity: data gathering
 Survey with about 800 training practitioners
covering 18 European lan...
17/06/2009 Simone Kirpal 13
1st e-conference (11/2008)
“Training of Trainers”
Themes
 The changing role of trainers in le...
14/10/2010 S. Kirpal 14
2nd E-conference (11/2009)
“Innovations in Training Practice”
Themes
 Innovations in work-based l...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 15
Conclusions
 Network activity I & II have had the greatest impact on
fostering collaboration ...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 16
Impact on community building
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 17
Global Conference
“Crossing Boundaries: The multiple roles of
trainers and teachers in VET”
Ra...
14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 18
THANK YOU
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  1. 1. Network for Trainers in Europe History and Future Perspectives Dr. Simone Kirpal University of Bremen, Germany
  2. 2. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 2 Structure of the presentaion 1. History and contextual background 2. Structure and goals of the Network 3. Network activities 4. Conclusions 5. Outlook 6. Introduction to the Conference
  3. 3. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 3 Teachers and Trainers in VET  Political priority set by the European ministers for VET in Copenhagen (2002) and reinforced in Maastricht (2004) and Helsinki (2006)
  4. 4. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 4 Maastricht Communiqué (2004)  Identify the specific learning needs and changing roles of trainers in VET  Identify possibilities to make the training profession more attractive  Support the continuing up-dating of skills, knowledge and competences of trainers  Enhance the support structures for VET trainers
  5. 5. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 5 Contextual Background  Trainers and VET professionals as new target group in EU LLL policies  Several studies and initiatives to identify the situation and needs of trainers  Gather data and information  Support structures for VET trainers (professional development)
  6. 6. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 6 Studies indicate that  The area of VET trainers is underresearched  Training professions lack recognition and incentives  Trainers‘ competence profiles need to include a broader range of pedagogical, social and management competences  Trainers in SMEs are particularly disadvantaged  The training methods that trainers apply require innovation  The continuing professional development of trainers needs to be strengthened if they are to assume a stragetic role in knowledge-based economies  Trainers roles‘ are shifting from instructor towards learning counsellor, coach or facilitator
  7. 7. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 7 Network for Trainers  funded under LdV Network strand  Duration: 11/2007 – 11/2010  Project consortium: Group of international partners
  8. 8. 14/10/2010 S. Kirpal 8 Network‘s objectives  Develop a European perspective on the situation and professional development of VET trainers  Generate information: compile but also generate new data, information and materials on trainers in Europe  To support national reform processes  Facilitate mutual exchange, learning and communication among different stakeholder groups  Foster the political dialogue to identify strategies for improving the situation of trainers  Innovation: pilot innovative e-features for knowledge sharing and dissemination in the area of trainers
  9. 9. Network approach  Enforce collaboration between the network and other initiatives/projects that have VET trainers as a target group  Introduce and implement innovative e-tools for exchange between the network members (skype & flashmeetings for project monitoring)  ‘Bottom-up approach’ to effectively involve stakeholders down to the level of training practitioners 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 9
  10. 10. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 10 Network activities 1. Activities at the national level Establish national networks of training institutions & practitioners in different countries/country cluster 2. Activities at the international level  Web-based platform  2 joint network activities (research and policy)  2 international e-conferences  Global Conference
  11. 11. 14/10/2010 S. Kirpal 11 Network Platform  Linking information, initiatives and people  Exchange and knowledge sharing  Community building  Documentation of research and training practice  Support new e-learning tools Issues:  Target group (main users are researchers & professional trainers)  Community building is difficult
  12. 12. Network Activities 1st NW activity: data gathering  Survey with about 800 training practitioners covering 18 European languages/28 countries 2nd NW activity: policies & programming  European perspectives/national case studies on qualification standards for trainers and their PD Book: „National Pathways and European Dimensions of Trainers‘ Professional Development“ 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 12
  13. 13. 17/06/2009 Simone Kirpal 13 1st e-conference (11/2008) “Training of Trainers” Themes  The changing role of trainers in learning  Professional development of trainers  Work-based learning  E-learning Exhibition Marketplace  Targeted at training practitioners  Featuring a multi-lingual exhibition area with examples of good practice
  14. 14. 14/10/2010 S. Kirpal 14 2nd E-conference (11/2009) “Innovations in Training Practice” Themes  Innovations in work-based learning  Innovations in company-based training  ICT for innovations in training practice  Equality and diversity in training practice: recognising socially-disadvantaged groups Why this format??? Replication, costs, innovation, community building effect
  15. 15. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 15 Conclusions  Network activity I & II have had the greatest impact on fostering collaboration among network partners  E-conferences have had the greatest impact on the community building process at international level  National trainer networks vary greatly concerning activities and commitment  The platform is not being used to its full potentials  Involving training practitioners remains a key concern  Future perspectives need to be developed
  16. 16. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 16 Impact on community building
  17. 17. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 17 Global Conference “Crossing Boundaries: The multiple roles of trainers and teachers in VET” Rationale:  Face-to-face meeting for network members  Provide a forum for wider exchange  Pilot innovative session formats  Develop a perspective for the future
  18. 18. 14/10/2010 Simone Kirpal 18 THANK YOU

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