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  • 1. Network to Support Trainers in Europe <ul><li>Simone Kirpal </li></ul><ul><li>Institute Technology and Education (ITB), University of Bremen, Germany </li></ul>
  • 2. Background 1 <ul><li>Goals of the Maastricht Communiqué (2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the specific learning needs and changing role of trainers in VET </li></ul><ul><li>Identify possibilities to making the training profession more attractive </li></ul><ul><li>Support the continuing up-dating of skills, knowledge and competences of trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the support structures for VET trainers </li></ul>
  • 3. Background 2 <ul><li>Recent European studies on trainers indicate that </li></ul><ul><li>The area of VET trainers is underresearched , lacking data and information to plan and provide adequate support for trainers </li></ul><ul><li>The profession of VET trainers lacks recognition and incentives in most European countries </li></ul><ul><li>The continuing learning of trainers is underdeveloped </li></ul><ul><li>Trainers‘ competence profiles need to include a broader range of pedagogical, social and management competences </li></ul><ul><li>Trainers in SMEs are particularly disadvantaged </li></ul><ul><li>The training methods that trainers apply require innovation </li></ul><ul><li>The continuing professional development of trainers needs to be strengthened if trainers are to assume a stragetic role in knowledge-based economies </li></ul>
  • 4. Network‘s general objectives <ul><li>Develop a European perspective on the situation and future professional development of VET trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Generate and share information: compile and synthesise, but also generate data, information and materials on the situation, work and qualification needs of trainers in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate mutual exchange, learning and communication among experts and practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Foster the political dialogue to identify strategies for improving the situation and qualification of trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation: pilot innovative e-features for knowledge sharing and distribution in the area of trainers </li></ul>
  • 5. Network‘s concrete objectives <ul><li>Generate data and information on the situation of trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an overview of materials and activities in the field of VET trainers across Europe and at national/regional level </li></ul><ul><li>Inform European training policy by linking different initiatives and studies at the European level </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the visibility of issues evolving around VET trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan of action for programmes and policy priorities in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the cooperation in the field of trainers between institutions and organisations including enterprises, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout Europe </li></ul>
  • 6. Network activities <ul><li>Network/platform to create linkages, synergy effects and mutual benefits of the different European, national and regional initiatives so far implemented in the area of VET trainers. It will include: materials, tools, outcomes, resources and contacts. </li></ul><ul><li>Forum for mutual exchange emphasising the exchange of knowledge and experiences, good practices, tools and innovation in the area of VET trainers by fostering a ‘bottom-up approach’ which involves practitioners and multipliers at regional, sectoral and company level </li></ul>
  • 7. Network activities <ul><li>Two international e-conferences each one addressing a particular topic. The rationale for the e-conferences is outreach, inclusion and innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out two joint network activities: one to generate more data and information and one on programming and policy </li></ul>

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