Metal, machinery and related trades workers are engaged in a range of skilled activities. Those workers need to have an understanding of work organization, and the specialist materials and tools to be used in their jobs, as well as of the nature and purpose of the final product they are engaged in making.
According to Cedefop's European skills and jobs survey (ESJS), the key 5 skills for metal, machinery and related trades workers are job-specific skills, problem solving, teamwork, learning and communication. These skills will support employees in this occupation to also tackle anticipated future skill challenges.
Employment levels fell by 10% between 2005 and 2015 and are projected to continue doing so by the same rate over the next decade. However, almost two million job opportunities are forecast to be available to these workers by 2025, due to "replacement demand". Increasingly, these jobs will be filled by people with higher levels of educational attainment than previously: although the share of workers with medium-level qualification will remain dominant (about 70%), roughly 9% of the workers are expected to hold high-level qualifications in 2025, demonstrating a significant percentage increase of circa 45%.
METVET project aims at a competence-based professional generic profile served as a basis for designing competence-based training programs. The underlying idea is that vocational education should enable students/trainees to acquire the competences needed in their future professions. While working as professionals, they should continue to develop their competences so that they are able to react to and to anticipate future developments their work.
The project specifically aims at one hand designing, for Aluminium & Metal Constructions technicians including:
- a professional (qualification) profile & a core curriculum (EQF 5)
- a corresponding VET program, including innovative teaching methods
- a qualification standard (according to ISO/IEC17024) for evaluation and certification.
All the above will be achieved through the strengthening of the exchange of knowledge and practice between education and training institutions and the labor market, . The METVET consortium complementarity will ensure a strong collaboration between the labor market (sectoral organizations) and the education and training institutions. The role of the sectoral organizations will be of ensuring that the developed training is in total adequacy with the employers&rsquo needs, supporting the implementation of the training for workers. The role of VET providers will be to develop an adapted, attractive and innovative VET program The EU umbrella organization will promote the training in the other EU countries.
The general objective is to tackle the existing skills gap in training for Aluminium & Metal Constructions technicians, by creating a demand driven training in order to meet the growing demand for new skills of Aluminium & Metal Constructions technicians in the current construction industry, in the 5 partner countries;