LITERACY AND VOCATION

The project Literacy and Vocation - lit.voc - identifies literacy needs for vocational purposes and develops concepts and materials for literacy and numeracy education (skills for life) in Europe.

Rationale

Workplace literacy is the ability to communicate effectively in a workplace using (but not restricted to) written information and other forms of communication.

This includes communicating appropriately to fulfil company goals, solve problems, accomplish tasks, and to think creatively and critically on the job. It requires being able to determine what, how, with whom, why, and when to communicate orally or in writing, and how to use language and quantitative information to do this.

The project partnership suggests that workplace oriented literacy programmes are the most effective way to build the literacy skills of people already in employment or in apprenticeship.

Outcomes and products

To support policy makers, civil servants, teachers, trainers and many more lit.voc develops concepts and materials that focus on how to plan and implement workplace oriented literacy programs with the following publications:

  • HANDBOOK EUROPE 2012 TOGETHER AGAINST FUNCTIONAL ILLITERACY - FACTS, INFORMATION AND SOLUTIONS (April 2012)
  • IDENTIFYING LITERACY NEEDS FOR VOCATIONAL PURPOSES AGUIDE
  • FOR VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE PROFESSIONALS (September 2012)
  • Requirements for oral and written communication, mathematics as well as media skills in selected vocational settings (November 2012)
  • CORE CURRICULUM (February 2013)
  • E-Learning-Tool Train& Assess (August 2013)

The project results are notably based on European cooperation. The systemizing of the approaches ensures that a wide range of approaches is included into the project products and resources are used efficiently. The proposed exchange of experience not only among partners but also among stakeholders, teachers and trainers offers insights into the different educational and political situations of the different countries.

Partners

The members of the development partnership:

  • Zukunftsbau GmbH (leading organization) GERMANY
  • Gobierno de Navarra, Departamento de Educación - SPAIN
  • Berufsförderungsinstitut Oberösterreich - AUSTRIA
  • VUC Sønderjylland - DENMARK
  • DBAZ Pleven - BULGARIA
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College - United Kingdom