We developed the European Class Truck Maintenance project around the following aims:

  • Developing, refining and the implementation of modules defined in terms of learning outcomes in training pathways.
  • Testing of the concept of Mutual Trust inside a partnership.
  • Promoting the European working mobility in VET.
  • Developing and extending the curriculum with a recognized European learning experience for students in vocational training.

The European Class in Trucks Maintenance will go further by setting up methods and tools for the operational implementation of the ECVET system.

The added value of the proposal is to prepare the operational stage of the implementation of the ECVET device within a national VET system.

All participants involved in the training delivery would be also concerned: they would have the possibility to use concrete and adapted tools and methods for learning and implementing the ECVET device. This project will innovate and improve the training course content. It will develop the trans national mobility and develop linguistic knowledge for professional purposes. The results could be dissemination of the project in different training centres ­ networks. This project will be a first development of this kind, which could be transferred to other trades.

The context of the Pilot Project

The project aim is to test ECVET technical specifications through the integration of a European common core within a national training path for Trucks maintenance (using the base of the current mobility programme)

The elaboration of training modules defined in LO integrating European mobility.

The creation of the need for mutual trust between the partner organisations and elaboration of a specific process to ensure the quality of the training achieved abroad.

Also, the project will analyse the impact of the national certification system on the ECVET device implementation (according to the subsidiarity principle).

The specific objectives will be linked to the issues raised in the European VET policy according to the following:

  • By facilitating the creation of a new European technician's professional profile focus on the practical side and application of the skill and respecting the ECVET technical specifications
  • By developing the attractiveness of training centres by offering quality training
  • By improving their European strategy and to contribute to the modernization and adaptation of European system of vocational education
  • By developing a training provision, which does not exist in some partner countries.

Summary
The development of European Mobility of young in VET has to overcome a crucial obstacle which is the recognition of Learning outcomes gained abroad. Presently, it is not possible to recognize knowledge, skills and competencies achieved in a foreign Vet system within the national pathway.

ECVET is a solution to overcome these difficulties. Unfortunately the technical specifications have, until now, not been tested. The trucks maintenance sector is a relevant study area because of its high level of internalization and its specific needs. Specific needs have been identified in this sector which needs to be properly addressed to increase the employability of young people. It could be done by integrating the European dimension in pathways within a common core.

The lack of recognition of the learning outcomes gained in the mobility context would be studied and solutions tested by concrete mobility actions. The ECVET Connexion study shows how complicated it can be to prepare the implementation of the ECVET device in the frame of the VET offer in Europe.

Especially, in several countries, VET systems are not ready for the elaboration and the implementation of modularized and individualized training pathways.