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The Trainers in Europe Network is for policy makers, researchers and practitioners involved or interested in the training of trainers in vocational education and training

The Trainers in Europe Network is for policy makers, researchers and practitioners involved or interested in the training of trainers in vocational education and training

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An introdution to the Trainers in Europe Network An introdution to the Trainers in Europe Network Presentation Transcript

  • Network to Support Trainers in Europe Simone Kirpal Institute Technology and Education (ITB), University of Bremen, Germany 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal
  • Background 1 Goals of the Maastricht Communiqué (2004)  Identify the specific learning needs and changing role of trainers in VET  Identify possibilities to making the training profession more attractive  Support the continuing up-dating of skills, knowledge and competences of trainers  Enhance the support structures for VET trainers 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal 2
  • Background 2 Recent European studies on trainers indicate that  The area of VET trainers is underresearched, lacking data and information to plan and provide adequate support for trainers  The profession of VET trainers lacks recognition and incentives in most European countries  The continuing learning of trainers is underdeveloped  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 trainers are to assume a stragetic role in knowledge-based economies 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal 3
  • Network‘s general objectives  Develop a European perspective on the situation and future professional development of VET trainers  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  Facilitate mutual exchange, learning and communication among experts and practitioners  Foster the political dialogue to identify strategies for improving the situation and qualification of trainers  Innovation: pilot innovative e-features for knowledge sharing and distribution in the area of trainers 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal 4
  • Network‘s concrete objectives  Generate data and information on the situation of trainers  Provide an overview of materials and activities in the field of VET trainers across Europe and at national/regional level  Inform European training policy by linking different initiatives and studies at the European level  Enhance the visibility of issues evolving around VET trainers  Develop a plan of action for programmes and policy priorities in the area  Improve the cooperation in the field of trainers between institutions and organisations including enterprises, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout Europe 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal 5
  • Network activities 1. 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. 2. 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 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal 6
  • Network activities 3. Two international e-conferences each one addressing a particular topic. The rationale for the e- conferences is outreach, inclusion and innovation. 4. Carry out two joint network activities: one to generate more data and information and one on programming and policy 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal 7
  • 1st E-conference: 5-6 November 2008 TRAINING OF TRAINERS – a European conference Day 1: Theme 1: The changing role of trainers in learning Theme 2: E-learning for trainers Day 2 Theme 1: Work-based learning Theme 2: Support for the professional development of trainers Exhibition Marketplace Targeted at trainers and practitioners featuring a multi-lingual exhibition area exemplifying national and international good practice examples with audio-visual support in national languages and also an English abstract. The exhibition area will be moderated and also provide a discussion forum. 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal 8