New publications by LitVoc project

Tue 11 Jun 2013 06:06:00 PM EEST

The LitVoc - Literacy and Vocation project informs about free publications and events: European Workplace Literacy Profile, National Workplace Literacy Profiles and European expert meeting "Workplace Literacy" in Berlin.

Publications

From June 2013 the new publications can be found on LitVoc website. Downloads are free of charge. If you have any question please don´t hesitate to contact Dr. Klaus J. Bunke.

Workplace literacy

After publishing the materials for information and sensitization of providers and stakeholders of vocational further training in companies, social partners, political stakeholders and policy makers about functional illiteracy at the beginning of the year, the transnational project LITERACY AND VOCATION is now preparing new materials for planners and managers of further training and education.

Successful further training and education for adults is a combination of basic education and workplace-oriented contents. Consequently, the products have a close professional reference and are applicable in the context of human resource development of enterprises too.

Workplace Literacy Profile (European Core Curriculum), Zukunftsbau GmbH Berlin, 2013

  • Type and language of product: Catalogue/guide, English
  • Target groups and beneficiaries: Vocational training providers, teachers, trainers, policy makers, stakeholder in vocational training and adult education
  • Scopes: Adult education, further education, vocational training, key competences

European literacy profiles can be used to plan, request, compare and implement vocational further trainings in different branches and contexts. The European Core Curriculum makes reference to ten job profiles in HELPER/ASSISTANT PROFESSIONS, e.g. kitchen helper, warehouse worker, welder, electrician helper, care worker and cross-professional digital skills, which are collected and evaluated in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom.

The analysis of the job requirements consists of collected information and data about required literacy skills on the job based on the work processes in companies, the mastery of tools and machinery, the use of materials and the necessary knowledge and skills required in the workplace. This analysis was necessary to identify the required literacy skills that could not be found in vocational curricula or pre-existing job requirements. The profiles describe the working tasks and the literacy competences needed for the successful completion of working tasks.

The European Workplace Literacy Profile takes into account three defined and described competence levels (Basic Level, Level 1 and Level 2) for the competence areas/dimensions Oral Communication (Speaking and Listening), Written Communication (Reading and Writing), Numeracy, Critical Thinking and Digital competence. It should be noted that level 1 is the minimum level needed to meet the demands of participating in vocational further training and lifelong learning.

This document acts as starting point to link together qualifications and standards to offer comparison between different countries approaches to accreditation of learning. The European Workplace Literacy Profile could be a first step for definition of a European framework for adult literacy education (supplementing CEFR and EQF).

Available June 2013

National Workplace Literacy Profiles (National Core Curricula) for Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom, Zukunftsbau GmbH Berlin, 2013

Type and language of product: Catalogue/guide, Bulgarian, English, German (Austrian and German version), Spanish
Target groups and beneficiaries: Vocational training providers, teachers, trainers, policy makers, stakeholder in vocational training and adult education
Scopes: Adult education, further education, vocational training, key competences
For the national curricula the European curriculum was translated and adapted to country-specific needs.

Like the European curriculum the national curricula also include the clear categories Literacy skills (learning outcome), Specific skills (actions in detail) and occupational exemplary actions.

The National Workplace literacy profiles are transparent, ready to use working tools for the planning and implementation of vocational further training and educational programs for adults.

Available September 2013

What's next

E-TOOL Train & Assess

The project partners are currently developing an E-TOOL on the basis of the European curriculum, which raises literacy and numeracy skills, digital competences and critical thinking within job-related tasks and exercises. This E-TOOL will allow to check and to train individual competencies as well as the diversity of all Workplace Literacy competencies.

Available September 2013

European expert meeting "Workplace Literacy" in Berlin

Among the main topics: Basic education and vocational/job training for employees and trainees - needs, experiences, offers and funding - an Expert Meeting will take place in Berlin on 15 July 2013. Representatives, stakeholders and practitioners of vocational (further) training and adult education, representatives of companies and business associations will come together for a European know-how transfer. And the actors of the LitVoc project are about to discuss with the participants and answer questions, because the final conference of this project will be held in connection.

  • Coordinator: Zukunftsbau GmbH
  • Venue: University of Technology Berlin, Germany

Text: LitVoc