P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.2. More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region
01.03.2020 - 31.12.2022
The EU declared its intention to foster the establishment of common professional standards in many fields including Landscaping. However, it is observed that professional standards vary between countries, also in the Central Baltic. Consequently, there are differences also in educational programs.
At the same time, the landscaping industry in the Central Baltic demonstrates similar trends in its development and it seems that most of the skills demanded in our region are very similar. For example, there is an increasing demand for technical skills or skills to deal with new technologies: the profession of landscaping gardener is becoming more technical, so much so, that some countries already have changed the training programme’s name from Landscape Gardener to Landscape Construction Builder.
As well as in practice, ICT has significantly affected also the study process and many people due to time or geographical constraints are now ready to apply to distance learning, e-courses.
These challenges linked to the strong cross-border cooperation in the Central Baltic countries create an opportunity to improve and align landscaping-related vocational education. By sharing resources and by developing landscaping modules and e-course followed by a smooth competence transfer process the aim of this project will be achieved.
Moreover the project will set up Central Baltic Landscaping Vocational School Meeting Point aimed at initiating discussions on the industry challenges and about the opportunity to expand the programme alignment on a larger scale.
Thus, project will result in
1) aligned Landscaping modules and digital materials (30 ECTS or 780 hours)
2) e-course - part of elaborated Landscaping modules will be translated into English and customized for e-course. In total 10 ECTS or 260 hours
Distance learning program allows people remain competitive in changing industry environment.
Elaboration of e-course in Landscaping in English will significantly contribute in increasing competitiveness of labour market in all Central Baltic region.
Besides, landscaping modules in English can serve also to other Central Baltic schools as they will be elaborated according newest trends in digital learning, taking into account all Central Baltic target groups: enterprises and vocational schools recommendations and needs. This also means, other vocational schools will have an opportunity to save their resources in particular module elaboration.
Thus, project results are directly linked to the programme result indicator by increasing share of aligned vocational programs and modules.
Even more, Central Baltic Landscaping Vocational School Meeting Point will initiate discussions on differences and similarities in Professional standard and programs between countries, demonstrating results of conducted survey in Central Baltic region and putting emphasis on already started program alignment. It is assumed to support further steps in common educational program & module elaboration.