European network for the promotion of lifelong and work-integrated learning as a developmental opportunity for all employees in SMEs. Creation of a network of moderators and tutors for lifelong learning  and provision of work materials on an internet platform.

 A project to promote facilitation of work integrated learning and launch an European Community of Practice for facilitators of work integrated learning.


ISOB supported the project by guiding the internal self evaluation, assuring the quality of the project and promoting the transparency of the projects results for users of the products and other stakeholders

Promoting work integrated learning that enhanced the involvement of all employees in Life Long Learning (LLL) activities is a Priority of the EC LLL policies reflected in the Education and Training 2010 work programme in the framework of policies to achieve the Lisbon goals.

A specific reference for the project was the aim of the Copenhagen declaration to “Giving attention to the learning needs of teachers and trainers within all forms of vocational education and training.“

Main aims: To achieve this, a pool of competent facilitators of workplace learning was necessary, assisted and strengthened by a support system of resources and networks.

The project EUFACINET aimed, building on the results of the CompServSME and other projects, to transfer and supplement the materials produced in CompServSME to other national and sectoral contexts, to provide an electronic resource platform for European facilitators of workplace learning within SME and to initialise a European Community of Practice of facilitators.

Funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Life Long Learning Programme "Leonardo da Vinci"  projects for the transfer of knowledge

The main tangible results were:

  • A facilitation guideline based on the products elaborated in the CompServSME project, valorised by the feedback of additional partners and audiences and supplemented by two additional modules (validation of competencies, monitoring of workplace learning), following the demand articulated in the research in the CompServSME project.
  • An Electronic Resource Platform, supporting facilitators of workplace learning in Europe providing relevant resources (material, methodologies, best practice examples) in a handy format.


Intangible results:

 

  • European Community of Practice of facilitators, built around the users of the resource platform.

 


Duration: November 2007-November 2009

Partnership:

Promoter (Bulgaria): NASMB - Nacionalno zdruzenie na malkia a sreden biznis

(National Association of Small and Medium Sized Business)

Bulgaria: The Federation of Societies for Support of Knowledge (FSSK)

Denmark: AMU Nordjylland

Germany: City of Munich - Referat für Arbeit und Wirtschaft – 
GAB Association for Research and Development in Vocational Training and Occupations
Gesellschaft für Ausbildungsforschung und Berufsentwicklung

ISOB GmbH Institute for socio-scientific consultancy
(Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung)

Spain: Foundation Metal of Asturias (FMA)
Malta: Maltese Mentoring Society (MMS)
Netherlands: LEDA Partenariat Association http://www.leda-partenariat.eu
Portugal: CECOA - Centro de Formação para o Comércio e Afins
(Vocational Training Centre for the Trade)
Slovakia: The Bratislava Self – Governing Region (BSGR)
The RDA Senec – Pezinok

Final Conference
EUFACINET was exposed to an expert audience of about 1000 training institution representatives, scholars, facilitators, union representatives and representatives of relevant public bodies as part of the “Creative Learning conference” http://www.creativelearningconference.com in Lisbon Oct 15th and 16th 2009.

The conference “aimed at debating the potential of work integrated learning and the impacts for enterprises and facilitators. The Creative Learning Innovation Marketplace is an initiative of the Portuguese Industrial Association - Business Confederation (AIP-CE), in partnership with important organizations/institutions, which commitment to the themes is recognized nationally and internationally.

The conference intended to mark the path of its value for Europe and for the Renewal of the Lisbon agenda. The initiative was completed successfully,  and the findings produced in the series of conferences, as well as several parallel sessions that were held, will now be subject to extensive discussion among the various members of the Partnership that has done this event. As part of the dynamism of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, this initiative arose from the belief that for achieving levels of world leadership, companies and individuals should achieve an higher level of skills and development.

It is anchored in the recognition of existing tools and knowledge that can lead to better knowledge, using the non-formal and informal learning better, the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity abilities, in order to generate solutions that make us move within the multiculturalism of Europe. It has been the best scenario for hosting the final conference of EUFACINET, under the Theme 2 - Creative Learning.

The theme concentrated on topics such as Lifelong Learning and discussed the concept of "Learnovation" considering the guidelines of the European Parliament on the non-formal and informal learning, and "Learning Practices 2.0."

The EUFACINET final conference program started at 14.30 and was opened by the European Facilitators Network Project Presentation (NASMB), with over 70 participants.

Promoting the potential of Work Integrated Learning was then debated thanks to the interventions of  partners from Denmark (Validation of competencies by AMU Nordjylland) and Germany (Evaluation of learning outcomes by GAB).

Examples of implementation and from practice were given by Fundación Metal Asturias (Spain) and NASMB (Bulgaria) demonstrating the impacts of the project results for Enterprises and Facilitators. Testimony of a facilitator was given before the round table with partners, moderated by ISOB. The conference ended at 17.30 and gave a good picture of the project outputs and of its potential for future development.”

The conference as well as the EUFACINET workshop within it demonstrated the strong interrelatedness of the concept of facilitation with the general theme of work integrated facilitated learning. All of the EUFACINET partners used the opportunity to establish new contacts and to draw attention to the project and its outcomes.

The highly innovative speeches, presentations and demonstrations in the conference on the other hand gave additional inspiration to the practice of facilitation that is developing in general and the use of new media and web 2.0 concepts in this context in particular.All of the presentations in the EUFACINET workshop are and will remain also available on the website of the creative learning conference, which will additionally increase the outreach of EUFACINET, since a high level of web traffic can be expected can be expected on this website that is designed and maintained on a highly professional level.The list of speakers presented at the conferences speakers list online includes 12 partners of EUFACINET, with complete professional biography and contact data. This will increase the accessibility of EUFACINET even more.

Results of the Internal Evaluation

In its report to the promoter and the National Agency of Bulgaria ISOB as partner responsible for the internal evaluation documented the successful conclusion of the project.

The Internal Evaluation Report, which will be available online after approval by the National Agency of Bulgaria, speciffically highlighted the successful field testing of the guideline, which yielded a very positive feedback from peer-facilitators, managers and stakeholders.

Contents and Executive Summary of Final Evaluation Report: eufacinet_final_evaluation_report_301109_short