The results (Intellectual Outputs-IOs) of #Mentor4WBL@EU will be:
IO 1: Course design for apprenticeship and internship in-company WBL mentors The course design for apprenticeship & internship in-company WBL mentors will be derived after the reviewing of existing state of the art of competences profiles of- and trainings for- mentors available within the 28 European countries with a focus on the represented partnership countries.
The mentor's profile will be defined including the job and tasks description and an up-to-date competence matrix specifying the ECVET compliant performance criteria.
This IO includes the tasks of creating -a mentor's professional profile description -a mentor competence matrix development -a mentor training course design developed
IO 2: Course design for apprenticeship & internship in-company WBL mentors The course design will include general course management information, learning goals to be achieved via the learning experiences with initial ECVET points ascribed to each, the description and purpose of the course, structure and sequence of the learning content, the course logistics and generally all the explicit and transparent information that can be provided about the course goals, the trainees' responsibilities and the criteria used to assess their performance. The impact of the specific IO will satisfy the need of a standardised training for the different professionals who are "informally" assigned the role of the mentor with a view to ensure a service based on the same quality minimum standards to all potential interested actors.
IO 3: Certification scheme for workplace mentors The impact of this certification scheme manual is to help to recognize and validate mentor's competences, helping them to enhance their mobility, should they look for another similar function in other organizations, or in the same organization, in Europe. The scheme will be based on the EfCoCert certification standardisation guidelines (compliant with ISO rules). The certification scheme manual will comply with ISO 17024 requirements.
IO 4: Assessment development for apprenticeship and internship in-company WBL mentors This IO will be a report which will have several sections to ensure that the course assessment system contains information and guidelines for all participants' prior learning, formal or informal, and that these learning experiences are recognised and are fairly assessed against a set of criteria compliant with ECVET, and that the assessment delivery is an integral part of learning strategy.
IO 5: E-course development for apprenticeship and internship in-company WBL mentors The course manual will include sections on target group, curriculum design, teaching, learning policy, strategy, method and assessment policy. It is crucial that the course manual will give learners guidance and opportunities for recognition of prior learning and accreditation. Credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal, should be given in accordance to ECTS rules or ECVET directives.
The trainer/instructor/teacher will also be provided with appropriate guidance, training and assessment. There will be a section on assessment and assessment practice and criteria will be based on learning outcomes. The learning outcomes will be competence based and learning and assessment practices will ECVET compliant. The relation between ECTS and ECVET will be in accordance with the basic rule that one ECTS is equivalent to one ECVET credit. There will be a methodology for internal and external assessment and a form will be developed for learners’ assessed work to ensure uniformity and fairness. The course manual will also fully describe the quality assurance and control as well as describing the feedback mechanism for quality enhancement.
IO 6: IT competence certification platform This output will be an evolved version of the competence assessment platform – including configuration of roles and accesses management (scheme owner, certification body, examiner, candidate), using IO3 specifications, and the LdV TOI Certitude project platform. This will lead to the availability of the e-assessment platform and supported scheme outside of the consortium that developed it. The transferability potential is significant, as the IT platform that will be extended will allow easier integration of further competence certification schemes for non-regulated professions in Europe.
IO 7: Testing of the training and of the certification scheme Testing procedure aims to evaluate both the e-training course for WBL mentors, as well as, the certification scheme proposed. Under the specific rationale different testing methodologies will be followed, in order to be achieved the most effective and productive operation of the specific tools. The E-learning training course will be pilot implemented in 2 trainers and 8 trainees, which will accomplish the full content of the course. The aim of the testing is to be evaluated the all procedure by partners which are directly related with the specific procedure, in order to be gained useful proposals and insights for further improvement.
As far as the certification scheme is concerned a Beta testing will take place. A beta field test will be organised by the task leader (EFCoCert) by involving certification bodies. The test will allow to challenge the practical aspects of the market suitability and acceptance of the developed scheme (both manual and IT platform).
IO 8: Exploitation report This IO will initially investigate existing alternative possibilities of further exploitation of the results. By identifying and establishing a competitive advantage against these alternatives, the project will develop an appropriate business model including as shareholders all concerned groups (national/region/local authorities, VET providers, business associations, policy makers, trainees). In-depth analysis of the project, business potential will be realized, covering the countries involved in the project as well as the whole European market.