In October 2013, the European Commission has approved the project “TransCSR”. The project has started in October 2013 and will last in September 2015. TransCSR aims at the transparency and acknowledgement of CSR skills in the tourism sector of at least six European countries using the tools of the ECVET system (European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training) and the EQF (European Qualification Framework). As a result of the project transparency on the basis of the ECVET system will ultimately valorise all kind of professional CSR qualifications on the labour market on local, regional, national and European level. Obstacles to mobility of tourism professionals are therefore removed, employability increases, and the shortage of skilled professionals in regards to CSR declines.The first meeting among the partners was held on the 25th till 26th of November 2013 in Stuttgart.
On the current European labour market the acknowledgement and transparency of qualifications becomes of increasing importance due to the demand for higher mobility of professionals. Additional skills are necessary for employability and future requirements on the demanding European labour market. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a growing area of concern in society and the European Union intents to establish sustainable economic development through the Europe 2020 strategy. Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) the implementation of CSR is a quality feature that allows meeting future market requirements and enhancing their competitiveness. This requires qualified employees, who are able to drive and lead this change.
Full Description of TransCSR
TransCSR transfers the results of the Leonardo da Vinci-project Train to Change and other CSR trainings into a broader systemic and geographic environment. Therefore a self-assessment tool, tested by at least 200 CSR qualified persons, evaluates skills gained in diverse learning environments. A transparent additional CSR-qualification, supported by a first network of acknowledgement, will provide transparency. ECVET-methodologies from the Leonardo da Vinci- Project European Nature System will be transferred evaluated and optimized for the additional qualification of CSR skills to reach the following aims:
• Transparency on the basis of the ECVET system valorises the CSR qualifications on the labour market on local, regional, national and European level.
• Obstacles to mobility of tourism professionals are removed, employability increases, and the shortage of skilled professionals in regards to CSR declines.
• New skills are transferred through acknowledgement contributing to the emergence of generally accepted qualifications and training standards.
• Recommendations and an optimization proposal of the transfer will support future ECVET adoptions of additional qualifications.
Reaching the above mentioned aims several products will be developed in the runtime of the project, including a website and diverse dissemination activities. Based on the analysis of key competences and the analysis on good practices of implementation of the ECVET process regarding additional skills and qualifications a compiled analysis report including recommendations for the adaption and transfer will be formulated. A competence matrix describing the learning outcomes of a CSR qualification in tourism will provide the basis for the documentation of existing CSR skills in an individual skills pass folder. The determination of ECVET credits for the single ECVET units and the whole additional qualification will be described in the model for the attribution of ECVET credits.
An e-learning tool on CSR skills for the self-evaluation for learners from formal, informal or non-formal education will be provided on the internet. This methodology will give learners the possibility to check their skills, knowledge and competences and use them for the marketing of their labour power. A template of a Learning Agreement as well as a Memorandum of Understanding will be formulated for the establishment of the formal acknowledgment of CSR skills.
In order to support the future implementation of ECVET a document containing practical recommendations on the certification of additional qualifications in contrast to accredited vocations of several months training time and a high variety of learning units will be developed.
Representatives of the partners in Stuttgart in the occasion of the kickoff meeting (Nov 2013)
Kate ecology & development (DE)
Associazione Italiana Turismo Responsabile (IT)
Diesis Coop scrl-fs (BE)
BEST Institute of Continuous Vocational Qualification Training and Personnel Training Ltd (AT)
Latvian Country Tourism Association “Lauku ceļotājs” (LV)
Legacoop Nazionale delle Cooperative e Mutue (Legacoop) (IT)
European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality – EARTH (BE)
Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (DE)
University College Birmingham (UK)
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