Tools for integrated training of language and ECVET defined vocational skills in mechanised forestry

6 Participating countries:
Project Reference: 2012-1-SE1-LEO05-11672
Part of :

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


Tools for skills wass a project financed by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, subprogramme Leonardo da Vinci. The project aimed to increase the level of professional skills and language skills among the European Forest Machine Operator. It was built on the work of two previous Leonardo projects. The main outcomes of the project are
1. A Multilingual glossary on technical forestry terms to assist Forest Harvesting operators in foreign countries to communicate. The glossary also helps Non-native English speakers to understand English Forest Machine Manuals and Parts catalogues The glossary is now (december 2014) available at and as a downloadable app for Iphone and Android. The glossary contains over 3000 terms in 16 languages

2. An integrated learning material for training
a) professional skills with comprehensive test-yourself questions and case-studies
b) and language skills for Non-native English speakers to be better prepared to communicate in a work situation
This material was built on the published books on ‘Working in Harvesting Teams’ (in English) part 1 and part 2
3. Agreed learning outcomes for the training of forest machine operators in UK, Germany and Sweden

The duration of the project was 24 months: from October 1, 2012 until September 30, 2014.



European forestry has gone through a rapid change during the recent decades. Manual work of unskilled staff with chainsaw has been replaced by modern computerised harvesters, forwarders and skidders. This developement has increased the request for competent and well trained operators of forest machines as well as the demand of mobility of such work force.
The increasing mobility is partly a result of frequent storms throughout Europe causing large areas of storm felled forest in a random distribution between countries. English is mostly used language in manuals, spare part catalogues and computers and it is necessary to have a basic level of English to operate a forest machine and work in another country.
Service staff is a special case that sometimes without forestry experience must communicate with the drivers and understand the situation be able to order the spare parts in English and in another language. Results and outcomes:
1) Intergrated language and professional teaching material for forest machine students needed in English
2) Ecvet criteria are developed and accepted by the partners of UK , DE and SE
3) multilingual glossary, forestry related
The partnership includes the following partners: University of Forestry (Bulgaria), Oiko Technics Institute (Greece), Stora Segerstad och Värnamo Naturbruksgymnasium (Sweden), National Forest Centre (Slovakia),Barony college (UK) and NFBZ (Germany).
The partnership of the project has been selected with regard to the nature of activities of each organization focusing on vocational training. Each partner has already established contact network with vocational colleges, universities, professionals in Forest Industry and SMEs, managers and decision makers in its country as a result of many years of experience and participation in various national and international projects in the field of Education, Forestry and Wood Industry

The short-term impact targets have been calculated on the basis of previous successfully completed projects in the field of Education, Forestry and Wood Industry, the number of vocational technical schools and the number of university students in each participating country, the number of enterprises and SMEs (both in public or private sector) in the field of Forest and Woodworking Industry, as well as the current needs of the developing labour market. The mobility of workforce in the European Union imposes specific demands for people’s language skills directly related to employability, fast adjustment to new work environment and multinational teams.

The short-term targets will be achieved by developing training methodology and training products , including state-of-the-art training methods for efficient content transfer and assimilation by target groups, using the developed training tools for effective training and active e-learning for obtaining new language skills and competences in the system of VET in Forest industry.

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A Multilingual glossary on technical forestry terms to assist Forest Harvesting operators in foreign countries to communicate. The glossary will also help Non-native English speakers to understand English Forest Machine Manuals and Parts catalogues

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Typology: Product 9 - Websites, databases

Development, design and production of the interactive multimedia product for e-learning of vocational English language;
- To support vocational education and training by providing modern language training tool;
- To enhance self-training;

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Typology: Product 2 - Handbooks, manuals, other training tools

The Ecvet criteria are applicable and recognised by the partner bodies in SE, UK and Germany and provides a methodology on how the critera can be practically applied in other European countries

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Typology: Product 4 - New curricula and qualifications


Stora Segerstad och Värnamo Naturbruksgymnasium

Stora Segerstad, 33021, Reftele


University of Forestry
Kliment Ohridski BLvd, Sofia
33 Od. Androutsou Str., Vuola Athens

Narodne Lesnicke Centrum/National Forest Centre
Sokolská 2, Zvolen
Barony college
Parkgate Dumfries, Dumfries
Niedersächsisches forstlisches Bildungszentrum
Sautalstrasse 5, Seesen


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