An introdution to the Trainers in Europe Network


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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

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An introdution to the Trainers in Europe Network

  1. 1. Network to Support Trainers in Europe Simone Kirpal Institute Technology and Education (ITB), University of Bremen, Germany 18/02/2008 Simone Kirpal
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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