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Innovation and learning projects

Innovation and learning projects

Innovation and Learning Projects are mid-term projects of big dimension which involve several partner countries. The aim of the projects is to help the reform of the education and training system through the identification of key policy trends. Innovation and Learning area clusters the following projects:

Torino Process

The Torino Process is one of the ETF’s top priorities and corporate activities. It provides a concise, documented analysis of vocational education and training (VET) reform and system in each ETF partner country, including the identification of key policy trends, challenges, constraints, as well as good practice and opportunities. More specifically the Torino process aims at:

  • supporting countries’ evidence-based policy making, with a view to improving the contribution of vocational education and training to sustainable development, and in particular competitiveness and social cohesion.
  • serving as a basis for the design of the ETF’s support strategy to these countries and inform the ETF’s recommendations to the European Commission for EU external assistance.

Key activities of the Torino Process for 2011 include a conference in May and the dissemination of the final report. In addition peer learning activities involving some countries are undertaken to discuss the lessons learned from the implementation of the Torino Process in 2010. This covers both contents and methodology with the view to preparing a more efficient and effective second step of the process in 2012/13. In 2011, the process covers all countries and regions and focus on capacity building in a number of countries with the view to support relevant institutions aimed at gathering, analysing and disseminating evidence about vocational education and training. This includes support to ReferNet type institutions in the candidate countries and preparation for setting up such structures in the potential candidate countries. Other countries may also be considered.

Education and Business Study

The Education and Business Study is a thematic project within the concept of the Torino Process. The Education and Business Study was requested by the European Commission. The study analyses and reviews cooperation modalities between education and business and to provide tailor-made recommendations for future initiatives in the EU neighbouring countries. More specifically, it:

  • creates an inventory of the cooperation between education and business.
  • identifies the extent to which EU policies and approaches are relevant to the partner countries.
  • provides tailored recommendations to local policymakers and donors for future initiatives and capacity-building measures.
  • communities of practice and innovation and learning projects for 2011 are elaboratedon the basis of the findings of the Torino Process.

Promoting learning in different contexts and vocational education and training

This three year project launched in 2011 focuses on learning in different contexts with an emphasis on work-based learning. It responds to

(i) a renewed interest in work based learning within the frame of EU VET policies (VET Communication) and

(ii) partner countries’ heavy criticism of highly overloaded curricula and impractical learning outcomes of VET programmes.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To identify, analyse and assess the learning potentials of work-based learning
  • To raise awareness in partner countries on the importance of non-formal and informal learning more particularly work-based learning processes in VET and to stimulate a better synergy and ‘mix’ between school- and work-based learning to achieve better learning outcomes. 
  • To develop, test and disseminate materials and activities of practical use for partner countries, such as an analytical tool/methodology enabling analysis and promotion of the potentials and feasibility for certain types of work-based learning and for harnessing the potential of different learning settings.

The expected outcomes of the project are:

  • The ETF has a consolidated knowledge base and an accumulated expertise on how to organise learning in different contexts drawing on available European and global concepts, policies and inspiring examples, failures and success stories which are to be shared with partner countries.
  • A large compendium of good practice examples of policy and practice with guidelines for their applicability in partner countries has been disseminated and discussed in participating countries.
  • Results from pilot projects on widening the ‘didactical room’ in classrooms and school laboratories have been taken forward to recommendations for policy options on school development and teacher and trainer training reform.

Project activities will include: reviews of country experiences, identification of examples of good practice, creation of expert networks from partner countries and EU Member States and pilot activities in the partner countries

Matching the demand and supply of skills in transition and developing countries

This three year project launched in 2011 focuses on the identification of mechanisms to bring closer the demand and supply of skills in the short, medium and long term taking into account the realities of the ETF partner countries. Emphasis will be given to monitoring, anticipating and forecasting approaches for both the demand and the supply side of the labour market, and effective labour market management. It is inspired by actions of the EU New Skills for Jobs Agenda. It responds to ETF partner country considerations to address skill mismatches, identify future skill trends and enhance the responsiveness of their VET system to emerging labour market skill requirements.

The objectives of the project are:

  • to develop a better understanding on effective matching mechanisms in the economic contexts of  transition and developing countries
  • to develop approaches and methodological instruments for skill anticipation and forecasting of the demand and supply of skills applicable to different contexts and for different kind of decisions in VET (policy development, planning, curriculum development, etc)
  • to disseminate lessons learned from EU and PC country experiences and project results internationally

The expected project outcomes are:

  • The ETF has consolidated knowledge and expertise on the different approaches to matching demand and supply of skills for an informed advice on strengths and weaknesses of each approach to its partner countries
  • A compendium of matching mechanisms and approaches for large dissemination
  • Enhancement of technical expertise in the ETF of partner countries in monitoring skill miss-match and skill forecasting and anticipation

Project activities include: the creation of an expert network from EU Member States and ETF partner countries for capturing and creating new knowledge in the field; stock taking and dissemination of existing mechanisms and approaches in the EU and partner countries; production of methodological instruments.

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