Pathway to Skills

Summary

Project Aim

The project is focussed on the creation of a model which identifies and overcomes existing barriers to the transferability of vocational qualifications for men and women working in the construction industry /sector. Facilitating the transferability of vocational qualification in Europe and encouraging the free movement of skilled trades men and women in Europe. Providing research data that enables the acceptability of qualifications across Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Spain and the UK to be compared with the needs of employers in Europe and enables a reference table /matrix of acceptable vocational qualifications to be created, this Matrix will help;

  • To identify additional training needs for people who donít have acceptable qualification. (So additional training can be provided)
  • To identify gaps in the training, which is required to obtain a vocational qualification and the need for additional training.
  • The barriers to the transferability of vocational qualifications to be identified and overcome. (Facilitating the transfer of skills & free movement of skilled workers)

A best practice benchmark / model that overcomes existing barriers to the transferability of vocational qualifications in Europe has been created. It is hoped that this project will provide a pan-European benchmark for the transferability of vocational qualifications in the construction sector that can be easily adapted to suit the needs and experiences of individual countries.

Why the project is necessary:

The stated priorities for the funding which the Leonardo Da Vinci, programme provides, is a need to develop new measures and instruments to present, promote and compare qualifications and competences at European, National and Sectoral level. The project we are proposing addresses this need and encourages the transferability of vocational qualifications in Europe and supporting the European Framework for the transferability of qualifications (Europass). The movement of Europeís citizens within member states is being driven by high levels of unemployment in Eastern Europe and peoples search for a better quality of life. This movement is largely from Eastern to Western Europe, in particular the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and France who in the last 5 years, have seen a marked increase in the influx of migrant workers.

The project we have proposed will we believe contribute to a fuller understanding of the barriers to free movement of skilled workers and the variation in vocational qualifications in the Construction Sector.

Quantative Research - Through web searches, documentary studies of published data and experiences. Reports from previous projects and studies undertaken by Trade Association Accreditation Bodies, the Chambers of Commerce and employers.

Qualitative Research - Through the Accreditation Bodies, Chambers of Commerce (sector group meetings) network meetings and face to face meetings with employers and trade association / groups