The “Interpreting our European Heritage” Project, an ambitious initiative for the professionals of the sector

Last October 2013, the European Commission has approved the project “INTERPRETING OUR EUROPEAN HERITAGE: ECVET for transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualification in European Tourism Sector”. The project is a Leonardo da Vinci- Transfer of Innovation- action framed Lifelong Learning Program of the European Commission which has 13 partners from 7 different countries (Spain, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Slovenia) in order to define the new European common qualification of “European Heritage Interpreter”.

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The project has started in October 2013 and will last on September 2015. The coordinator is our member Koan Consulting in Madrid. The project has been launched in the occasion of the kick-off meeting in Madrid on the 18th and 19th of December 2013.

The project intends to apply and ensure the people working or learning in tourism sector the possibility to obtain the recognition of learning outcomes characterizing the “heritage interpretation” activities and the qualification of “European Heritage Interpreter”. The project aims to apply the principles of the European Qualification Framework – EQF and of the European System of Credits for Vocational Education and Training – ECVET for the benefit of such persons, defining and formalising at European level the characteristic learning outcomes and the qualification in order to permit acquisition, transparency, evaluation, accreditation and certification of them through the borders of territories, sectors and VET systems.

 The Type of services provided are:
• Analyse in each participating country and VET system the tourism professional field concerned by “heritage interpretation” activities (existing figures, profiles, qualifications), classifying them within EQF across participating Countries, and identifying a shared professional perimeter to activate an ECVET process for the new European common qualification of “European Heritage Interpreter”.
• Define an action plan, based on the collection, analysis, transferrring and adaptation of experiences and good practices already implemented on transparency and recognition of competences and qualifications and on the ECVET process (starting from the approaches and instruments tested by the project LdV ToI HtC) for the activation of ECVET within the shared European common perimeter of qualification;
• Design the new European sectoral qualification of “European Heritage Interpreter” in terms of units of learning outcomes and to attribute the ECVET points to the same one and to the individual unities
• Define and formalise (partners and competent/interested organisations) a Memorandum of Understanding – MoU ECVET for the new qualification;
• Define and formalise ECVET Learning Agreements describing, in compliance with MoU, the training processes in formal/informal/non formal contexts, and related ECVET credits to be obtained .

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Partners during the kick-off meeting in Madrid (Dec 2013)

The next meeting of the partners is planed on the 24 and 25 of March in Perugia in Italy to analyse the first study of the VET systems in each country.

Core Partners here:  Aris Formazione e Ricerca Società Cooperativa (IT), Tradenet Global (HU), Diesis Coop scrl-fs (BE) , BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH (AT) and Consorzio Itaca (IT), NEC (SL).

Associated Partners: Interpret Europe (BE), Ayuntamiento de Segovia, Regione Umbria (IT), Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Budapest (HU), EARTH (BE) and Centro Nacional de Educación Ambiental (ES).

More info: http://www.interpretingeuropeanheritage.com/

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