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Summary of Intellectual Outputs O5-O8

This summary is intended as a shortcut, to give you a quick overview of some relevant products developed by partners of project SHINE, especially when filling in the survey questionnaire which we call “Intellectual Output 9”. In case of doubts or further questions, please revert to representatives of partners in your country. Thank you.

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Intellectual Output 10: Assessment of outcomes and fine tuning

This document gathers lessons learnt by partners through the three years of project development, trying to catch and summarize all main outcomes, lessons learnt and recommendations drawn from common work.

Conceived as a basis for further communication, possible future follow-up and dissemination, it comes in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Romanian and Croatian.

Whilst the infographics delivered as project output 3 describes the vision and aim of SHINE, this document stands as dissemination tool, providing quick facts on the project output and future potential developments.

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Intellectual Output 9: Review of outcomes by involving Triple Helix stakeholders

This document gathers the results of the investigation process (online survey) carried out by partners to get a feedback from key actors and stakeholders of the quadruple helix model in their national and regional contexts and to integrate and acquire new information, targeted to guarantee the future sustainability of implemented actions.

It is meant for partners, since the project rationale and background needs for new tools and models to promote national best practices through the common sharing, the open dialogue and the mutual understanding in respect of national peculiarities. At the same time, it is addressed to actors of the quadruple helix system to show and implement innovative governance models in order to define strategies targeted to the future development and the design of feasible and fruitful learning pathways.

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Intellectual Output 8: Definition of possible indicators and channels/processes for policy improvement at national/EU level

This document gathers the results of the self-monitoring process carried out by partners on their own Local Action Plans. It is meant to suggest recommendations and indicators for improving policies for governance of HVET programmes and their contribution to the innovation of economic systems. Besides partners themselves, it targets also decision makers at regional, national and, to some extent, European level. Even if well aware of the bottom-up nature of the work performed, partners are keen to share lessons they learnt in-process and to describe the first findings coming from their involving and challenging work together. For sure, this document comes from experience and from application of common principles and shared methods, and has proved fruitful to partners. Twenty-four recommendations sorted by domains, indicators and levels form the core of the text, completed by an essential bibliography and an appendix with a synoptic table of all Local Action Plans.

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Intellectual Output 7: Identification of policies to improve usage of EU tools in HVET: ECVET, ECTS, ESCO

The state of development, usage and implementation of HVET programmes varies throughout the EU. Assessing and studying if, how and to what extent European frameworks and tools like the EQF, ECVET, ECTS and ESCO should be applied to each partner territory (or to each partner Local Action Plan) is crucial in order to provide those training programmes with European added value.

For instance, even if the ESCO project is still under test, organisations providing for certified training should offer such classification (as a test case) system for description of profiles and possible job and career opportunities as a support to employability throughout the whole EU.

This document gathers the results of the investigation process carried out by partners on their own situation, on additional territories, through a European survey among EfVET members and interviews of key stakeholders and policy makers.

It is meant for partners first, to guide their further actions on this way, but also to all providers of EQF Level 4, 5 and even 6 training programmes, as a support in their search for continuous improvement.

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Intellectual Output 6: Assessment of Local Action Plans

Based on results achieved by implementation of Local Action Plans, under the guidance of Colegiul ethnic Ion IC Bratianu, partners carried out a critical review of indicators and criteria defined in the Plans and summarized findings, thus providing a common denominator, a single conceptual framework and interpretation key for further possible solutions and improvement.

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Intellectual Output 5: Local Action Plans

In each country of training partners (Italy, Germany, Sweden, Romania, Croatia) a Local Action Plan has be developed. These decline operatively at local level the governance model of O4. Such plans consider specific contexts and suggesting the best possible offer in terms of methodologies, content and tools.

Single plans move from a general context analysis, linking between business and training system, policies in force, etc.), to detail strategies and operating procedures for training organisations linked to local business/entrepreneurial systems.

Each plan also includes criteria to define its implementation, assess their real outcomes and their effectiveness in terms of improvement of innovation capacity, attractiveness for the production system, performance.

Downlaod the full set of Local Action plans here.

Intellectual Output 4: Innovative governance models for HVET

Based on the previous activities project SHINE now sets out to envision a framework for innovative governance of Higher Vocational Education and Training on EQF5. We do this by giving examples from partner countries and suggesting governance models for partner countries and the EU. We take our starting point in a four level quadruple helix model and analyse in which ways all players (Users, Labour Market, Education and Trainers, Public Administrators) on all levels (European, National, Regional, Local) can contribute to the development of European HVET.

Our model and ideas for improvement derive from the user-oriented open innovation theories. Innovation in HVET policies usually come top-down from the EU and the National Agencies, but practical innovation happens locally and regionally through a more dynamic process in which all the players in the quadruple helix can be active. Project SHINE gives examples of different ways in which the quadruple helix can be involved and points to users/students contributing to the governance of HVET as an interesting possibility, which should be further explored.

Have a look at the document here below, to find out more.

Intellectual Output 3: Synoptic view (infographics)

Intellectual Output 2: Peer Review of best practices

This peer review aims to identify and compare innovation generated in each territory by excellent HVET programmes, surveyed through Intellectual Output 1, with a view to suggest spillovers and possible transfer to other contexts. The findings of the peer review will later contribute to the dissemination tools and to subsequent improvement actions, like the development of enhanced governance models and the local action plans in partner territories.

The review was carried out by partners (peers) on each other’s work, examining surveys in terms of:

  1. smart specialization strategies and local development strategies of territories involved;
  2. pro-active approaches that can be adopted in order to improve continuous training of company staff;
  3. pro-active approaches and participative methods for involvement of local economic players in defining competences for innovation and development; that is, competences that are crucial for designing the training offer;
  4. opportunities for creation/improvement of delivery of innovative services to business by training organizations, including lose co-operation with service providers, university, policy makers.

Have a look at the document here below, to discover all findings.

Intellectual Output 1: national surveys on HVET best practices

The main goal of this output is to collect successful practices owned/known by partners, regarding educational or training programmes at EQF level 5 or similar in their country/territory. This will make practices available either as learning cases for further reference, and as a basis to share, compare and discuss how programmes at EQF level 5 or similar contribute to innovation, to the development of smart specialization strategies, to technology transfer, and –generally speaking– to the functioning of the triple- and quadruple-helix systems.

The full document is structured into:

  • an executive summary;
  • a short introduction to project SHINE;
  • a comprehensive description of national surveys carried out by partner, including goals, methodology, tools, and highlighting relevant findings, both the most common and the most different, in order to favour comparison and “food for thought” for possible transfer of knowledge and practice;
  • a set of appendixes, including surveying tools and all surveys reported by partners.

Surveys carried out by partner are also available as separate documents.

2nd Multiplier event - Göteborg

  • Introducing the GTC – The Göteborg Technical College (Sweden) hosted the second multiplier event of SHINE. The GTC is a unique example of public-private HVET institution, owned 25.5% by Volvo Group, 25.5% by Volvo Cars, and 49% by the City of Göteborg. This presentation by Ewa Ekman's (CEO at the GTC) gives an introduction to the College and its activities.
  • Shine: an overview – Project SHINE is meant to favour integration among business, institutions and HVET. Luca Boetti (SHINE project manager from IFOA, Italy) provides for some information about project aims, goals and key messages.
  • IO2 - Peer review – The second Intellectual Output of SHINE is a peer review of national surveys on excellent HVET experiences in partner territories. Anne Götze from WHZ, Germany, presents the methodology and the results, with specific focus on effectiveness, innovation, local development strategies, improvement of teachers’/trainers’ skills, involvement of triple- and quadruple-helix stakeholders.
  • Open space – During the multiplier event, participants representing all categories of stakeholders in the quadruple-helix model had the chance to discuss –in an “open space”/”word café” environment– about key issues for the future of HVET, namely: HVET in career development and LLL, HVET in innovation, HVET contributing to competence development in local economy. In this set of pictures you can have a look at the main comments coming up from the audience.

1st Multiplier event - Zwickau

  • Introducing WHZ - WHZ is the Applied Science University of Zwickau (Germany), hosting the firts multiplier event of SHINE. Professor Christian-Andreas Schumann's presentation gives a thorough introduction to the University, its activities and its international activities.
  • Strategies and trends - Education and training providers believe their students are prepared for work, but youth and employers do not always agree. Luca Boetti (SHINE project manager from IFOA, Italy) provides some food for thought and explains the potential of SHINE in bridging such gap.
  • IO1 National surveys - The first Intellectual Output of SHINE is a set of national surveys on best practices in training programmes at EQF level 5. Anne Götze from WHZ, Germany, presents and compares excellent cases identified and described by partners.
  • About the project - SHINE is a three-year project, gathering a strategic partnership around topics like Higher VET (HVET), putting triple-and quadruple-helix governance systems at work, improving governance and functioning of EQF 5 training programmes. Chiara Salatin, from Confindustria Veneto SIAV, Italy, gives a quick and effective overview of the project.