The partners of Erasmus+ KA2 project LOASA (Learning Outcomes in Accordance with the Skills Agenda) recently held their second transnational project meeting at CIFEA de Molina de Segura in Murcia, Spain.
During this meeting the project partners took some important steps towards improved quality and relevance of skills formation, and employability.
The LOASA partners jointly reviewed the units of learning outcomes that the educational partners had written, based on the framework that was established during a 5-day seminar in the Netherlands in November last year. Now adjustments can be made where needed before the pilot will start later this year.
The project partners also set quality criteria for the ways of assessing. They agreed on assessment methodologies so the learning outcomes will be recognized by the awarding body in the student’s home country.
Last but not least, the partners connected the New Skills Agenda for Europe to the units of learning outcomes. In 2016 the European Commission adopted the New Skills Agenda to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU.
About the partners
LOASA is a partnership between the worlds of work and education that aims to bridge the skills gap in Europe by co-developing units of learning outcomes that are based on ECVET principles and align with the New Skills Agenda for Europe.
The participating VET organizations, all members of the Europea network, are:
- Yrkesakademin – vocational vollege of Ostrobothnia in Finland
- Sastamala Municipal Education and Training Consortium (SASKY) in Finland,
- Jordbrugets Uddannelsescenter Aarhus in Denmark,
- Centro Integrado de Formación y Experiencias Agrarias (CIFEA) in Murcia, Spain
- Wellantcollege in the Netherlands
Whom will benefit from LOASA?
By creating units of learning outcomes that are based on ECVET principles and align with the New Skills Agenda for Europe, the LOASA project serves three target groups:
- VET-students and employees on the lower and middle levels (roughly EQF levels 2, 3, and 4);
- Excelling students who seek additional challenge (in the context of fostering excellence on all EQF levels);
- Employers who need transparency of skills.
The aimed impact
Potential long term benefits of the LOASA project results include:
- a reduction of the skills gap on the labour market;
- increased employability of VET students and workers on lower and middle EQF levels;
- fostering excellence in vocational education and training;
- the exchange of knowledge between VET and industry (both sectoral and regional);
- a better understanding by VET students and teachers of the skills that businesses require;
- units of learning outcomes as a tool for human resource policy.