Project Reference: 601226-EPP-1-2018-1-NO-EPPKA2-SSA

Project period: 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2021

EUROPEAN GREEN MASTERY: COMPARISON AND DEVELOPMENT OF SKILLS AND COMPETENCES IN THE GREEN SECTORS, EQF LEVELS 2-6, THROUGH LEARNING OUTCOME BASED QUALIFICATIONS. 

The green sectors cover a broad range of occupations from floristry and green production into gardening and landscaping. The emerging effects of climate change, the restructuring of retail and a diversity of new approaches to design, development and delivery of green services are all challenging the involved companies – usually small and medium sizes enterprises – as well as training providers and certification organisations. With the rapid development in “environmental changes”, both in direct physical climate conditions as well as in a business perspective, the requirements for entrepreneurship, new operational modes and technical and technological adaptations documents the need for the present Green Mastery project.

European Green Mastery is a Sector Skill Alliances project, and works to compare and develop the skills, knowledge and competences in floristry, gardening and landscaping. The qualifications needed for these occupations EQF levels 2 through 6 in all of the partner countries are collected. This ambitious work gives us the opportunity to assess the content and levels of the occupations in the partner countries. One of the operational characteristics of the green sector is the mix of formal, non- and informal learning picked up and aggregated through life. For this reason, a special attention will be given to how these experiences can be assessed, validated and recognised regardless of learning pathway and being matched with the qualification definitions expressed in the matrices.

After the initial assessments, our goal is to update the content of the qualifications. By fusing together new content with state-of-the-art technology like VR and AR, we aim to change the way these occupations are being taught. This will better prepare the students to an ever-changing job reality.

The multilingual options in the Skillsbank tool will make the individual attainments, competence profiles and certifications available in several languages.

Work Packages Tasks
WP1: Comparative analysis of existing qualifications and certificates• Search and compile existing qualifications and certifications.
• Comparative study of collected material
• Drafting of qualification matrices in preparation to WP2 and WP3
WP2: Qualification matrix developments with multilingual versions. Including elaboration, testing and uploading• Preparation of multilingual qualification matrices EQF 2-6
• Matrix testing with stakeholder feedback for validation
WP3: Validation and recognition of prior learning (RPL), including informal and non-formal learning and with alternative ways of skills documentation• Preparation of RPL procedures for implementation in partner environments
• Skills documentation with video captures linked to individual learning outcomes
WP4: Learning outcomes matrix-based training programmes • Development of AR/VR approaches in the identified areas of implementation
• Description of necessary competences among teach staff to secure a professional qualification
WP5: Development of relevant MOOC/VOOC modules in the training programmes• Each partner will contribute with the development of the MOOC/VOOC (Massive/Vocational open online course) its testing, and update after feedback.
WP6: Assessment and certification procedures linked to the defined qualifications • Identify the performance requirements and assessment criteria linked to the critical skills and competences in focus for assessment
• Recognition of (prior) learning to be implemented, using the link to the relevant learning outcomes in the qualification matrix(es) uploaded in Skillsbank with the individual learner’s self-assessment and the (external) assessors consolidated evaluation
WP7: Skillsbank optimization with EQUFAS and MOOC adaptations • Development of Skillsbank systems
• Development of Skillsbank interactions

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.