CO.L.O.R. focuses on migrants with qualifications in two specific sectors: healthcare and construction, and on 11 qualifications (based on both national and regional standards) at EQF level 3, which represents the "basic" level of qualifications (the first "achievement" in terms of competency) to enter the Italian labour market.
Transfer and accumulation of one or more units related to specific qualifications between Italian regions (formalising achieved learning outcomes) is aimed at. A learning outcome transfer process (Evaluation, validation, accumulation and recognition) will be designed or adapted, mechanisms will be empirically developed.
A functional device (matrix) is aimed at, that will permit the transfer, validation and recognition of LO with special attention to the organisational process, functions, tools and necessary procedures. The process will be tested; a quality assurance plan will be developed.
The CO.L.O.R project, with the support of ISFOL (National Research Institute on VET); addresses primarily five Italian Regions (Campania, Latium, Piedmont and Tuscany, as well as Basilicata as associated partner). The competent authorities in the field of assessment and recognition of qualifications have committed to pilot test ECVET-oriented mechanisms in the construction and healthcare sectors. CO.L.O.R aims at building two ‘frameworks’ of Units of learning outcomes, one in each sector. These frameworks will have to function within the requirements at national level, while at the same time complying with ECVET technical specifications. The final aim is to build units that are transferable to facilitate the mobility of workers and the formal recognition of competences acquired through experience.
The identified qualifications will be identified and structured in units of Learning Outcomes, applying the most suitable approach of allocating points and credits to both qualifications and units.
One of the key objectives of the project is to establish a stable network of regional authorities. So far the project has been successful in launching this networking process via a range of web-tools and meetings at local and (trans-)national level. The Calabria Region has joined the partnership, and the Lombardy Region (I CARE Project) has taken part in a web-based learning exchange. For the construction sector and the health sector, background analysis reports and reports on qualifications have been produced to help stakeholders understand the extent to which the different systems are compatible with ECVET. In the Construction sector, a Working Group has been established. In that sector, the definition of units of learning outcomes can build on the inputs from two different sources:
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