Welcome to SKILLMAN
Sector Skills Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing in the Transport Sector
The qualifications developed by Skillman are based upon European Qualification Framework and they are referred to the ESCO codes in order to ensure maximum transparency and applicability in all European countries. The Alliance is committed to maintain an on-going interaction and cooperation with ESCO Sectoral and Cross-Sectoral Reference Groups, providing feedback and information on skills, competencies, qualifications and occupations in Advanced Manufacturing for the Transport Sector.
The delivery of educational programmes is based upon the reference framework promoted by EQAVET, its procedures and the 10 indicators for monitoring the quality and impact of TVET programmes. The Alliance is committed to cooperate and support the EQAVET working groups by embedding the Quality Assurance approach in line with the proposed requirement of EQAVET Label.
To be noted that, even if this approach is innovative and seems, by one side, very effective to help the students and the trainers to well understand and implement the new curricula pathways, by the other side, it could risk to be not very well valorised because of a potential resistance of many institutes that, owning their own e-learning platform, usually designed to reach the e-learning contents only starting from the educational programmes, could find difficulties in integrating their approach to this Skillman standard. Second problem, could be also the missing of funds necessary for a very effective platform development because the budget allocation for this task appears not yet well identified.
In line with the EU Commission most recent schemes, the Alliance foresees to implement learning mobility activities embedded as a part of its internationalisation strategy and of the European dimension of the joint curricula.
The Alliance has established to provide to the partners organizations and to the wide network of Associated Partners, a platform for implementing work placements and practical experiences abroad as well as study visits and job-shadowing for trainers and educational staff.
From these transnational learning mobility[i] initiatives the learners have a real benefit for their effective transition from training to job, because they have the opportunity to develop and implement their new competencies and skills abroad.
The transnational learning mobility, based on ECVET principles and procedures, is therefore envisaged as a complementary and integral part of the curricula design and this approach seems to us a correct method to allow players form different TVET systems to join common educational resources. The competencies and skills acquired during the mobility periods will be assessed abroad and recognized by the sending organizations thanks to the implementation of a memorandum of understanding, compliant with the ECVET standards and based on a learning agreement template, designed by the Skillman Alliance to let the TVET institutions to well understand and define the expected learning outcomes.
[i] "Work placements abroad are a specific form of traineeships" European COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT, 2012.