DEVELOPMENT OF AN INNOVATIVE APPRENTICESHIP IN THE RETAIL SECTOR

5 Participating countries:
Project Reference: 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66582
Part of :

Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\LEONARDO DA VINCI\Multilateral projects on Innovation

Summary

By all is known the importance of vocational training as a factor of competitiveness and job creation. However, VET systems of Euro- Southern area countries, despite having undergone reforms in recent years, still show shortcomings: poor motivation of students/families; mismatch between the training and the productive structures needs; scarce development of apprenticeship in enterprises, lack of technical knowledge and experience in organizing apprenticeship as well as shortages of skills among tutors, high rates of dropouts …
Specifically, the retail sector is one of the most detect the lack of motivation of learners and where is considered more beneficial to increase apprenticeship during the students training. The retail sector faces a serious lack of professionalism and an employee loss.
The apprenticeship in the Retail sector within the Euro southern area countries demands more systematic approach, to increase the innovation though open approaches to quality, as well as the learning from the experiences of the countries, which have well developed models of the apprenticeship.
UPPRETAIL adapts and transfers the methodology and results of Devapprent project (DE/10/LLP-LdV/TOI/147320) to analyze the experiences of the apprenticeship development from the countries with different socioeconomic and institutional models of VET (Germany, UK, Netherlands and France) to implement an innovative apprenticeship in the current Retail VET system of Euro southern area countries that permit to solve these problems and significantly contribute to increase the level of innovation and the capacity of reaction to change of European VET at a system level.
The main outcomes: National reports about the current situation of apprenticeship in Euro southern area countries; Comparative analysis of good practices in Europe Apprenticeship Systems; Guidelines and Recommendations for Development of a quality Apprenticeship in Retail VET system; training seminars for the VET teachers; Testing of the prepared exemplary cases of the apprenticeship training methods; disseminate the results to the VET stakeholders.

Results

Description

Everyone knows the importance of vocational training as a factor of competitiveness and job creation; it is a necessary tool for improving the competitiveness of our society. It also qualifies to perform a quality work. (Lisbon Strategy and European Employment Strategy)

However, VET systems of Euro- Southern area countries, despite having undergone reforms in recent years, still show shortcomings: poor assessment / motivation of students and families; mismatch between the training offer and the needs of productive structures; low estimation of training for employment role to face the business competitiveness and production system improvement; lack of technical knowledge and experience in organizing apprenticeship as well as shortages of skills among tutors, Lack of knowledge about social participation and stakeholders cooperation in the organization, delivery and financing of apprenticeship. (EU2020 objectives)

Specifically, the EU retail sector, with 60% of companies in the sector and nearly 18 MM workers (Eurostat, nº 2993, 2010), is one of the most detect the lack of motivation of learners and where is considered more beneficial to increase a quality apprenticeship for the learners. In fact, in 2010 the largest declines in the number of employed are given in Spain (over 9%), Portugal and Italy (about 4%) (Eurostat, Labour Force Survey). The retail sector faces a serious lack of professionalism and an employee loss.

For all these reasons, UPPRETAIL by analyzing the experiences of the apprenticeship development from the countries with different institutional models of VET and socioeconomic models of society (apprenticeship experiences in the dual VET model of Germany, company based training in the UK, VET model of the Netherlands characterised by the market orientation combined with the strong social partnership and the experience of the apprenticeship development in the school based and rather centralised VET model of France) develops and implements a modern, innovative and efficient apprenticeship in the current Retail VET systems of Euro southern area countries, that permit to solve these problems and significantly contributing to the improvement of quality and attractiveness of VET in these countries, contributing to job creation, including the self-employment and entrepreneurship promotion, providing people qualification for full employment and social participation and encouraging lifelong learning. (Rethinking Education EC Communication).


Other data
Description

Preconditions for the development of apprenticeship in the VET SYSTEM of Spain, Bulgaria, Italy and Portugal


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Url:
File(s):
Preconditions for the development of apprenticeship.pdf
Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

Comparative analysis of apparent good practice in Apprenticeship System


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File(s):
Comparative study Uppretail_EN.pdf
Typology: Product 1 - Reports and studies
Description

The document Guidelines for Development of Apprenticeship in Retail VET system of Euro Southern area countries is based on the outcomes of the research stages of the project, namely:
1. Research of preconditions for the development of the apprenticeship in the Retail VET system in Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
2. Comparative analysis of apparent good practice in apprenticeship system in Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and Portugal, seeking to define the common and differences features, and with the apprenticeship situation in the DEVAPPRENT partners’ countries.


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File(s):
UPPRETAIL Guidelines and Recommendations_EN.pdf
Typology: Product 1 - Reports and studies
Description

The training seminars were held in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Bulgaria. Each partner conducted their seminars according to the country’s current status. The project results are introduced and explained how to use them in the development of apprenticeship.

More than 85 participants attended the seminars in the partner countries. The contents of the guidelines are explained, provided the methodical recommendations how policy makers, VET institutions and social partners can use these guidelines working at the different levels of the development of apprenticeship: national policy level, VET providers‘ level, and retail company level.


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File(s):
Uppretail_National seminars_Summary.pdf
Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.
Description

Description of the testing and validation of the guidelines and recommendations developed by each partner by organising the experimental apprenticeship guidelines and recommendations in selected VET schools/centres and retail business in a real learning context.


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File(s):
UPPRETAIL-Report_on_piloting.pdf
Typology: Product 8 - Material productions out of events/projects: publications, CD-Rom, CDs, DVD, tapes, artistic products etc.

Coordinator

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Partners

Link Consulting srl
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Bulgaria St. 3, Dobrich


FEDERACION MERCANTIL DE GIPUZKOA
C/ GARIBAI, Nº 36, DONOSTIA - SAN SEBASTIAN


Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts
K.Donelaičio Str. 8, Kaunas


Inovamais - Serviços de Consultadoria em Inovacao Tecnologica S.A.
Rua do Dr. Afonso Cordeiro, 567, Matosinhos


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