Good Network Foundation (Fundacja Dobra Sieć) is an organization founded in May 2009 by "Academy For The Development of Philanthropy in Poland" Association, which is one of the most experienced non-governmental organizations in the country. We are active mostly in the Internet where we pursue the major aims of our organization that is: dissemination of knowledge about volunteering, e-volunteering, scholarships and promotion of new technologies as means of strengthening the civil society and increasing the public commitment, together with creating new space for civic action in the Internet.
Hominem is a Spanish independent organisation operating within the fields of business consultancy, management skills training and education. In the area of business consultancy, we primarily provide flexible consultancy services that match with the needs of organisations, mainly SME´s. We provide high value assistance in aspects such as: - Improvement of their productivity by acquiring new working habits and tools. - Development the internal human capital by using innovative learning methods. - Technical and business assistance for penetrating new international markets and accessing a higher level of diversification. In the area of management skills training, we offer a wide portfolio of management courses aimed to develop professional’s abilities and competences. Our courses are all tailored to suite each SME needs and delivered by our team of permanent trainers and a selected team of external consultants.
Some of courses offered are: Leadership skills, conflicts resolution, developing a presence in international markets, developing a successful business plan, Time management… In the area of education, we partner with a number of British universities and educational institutions to offer a number of university qualifications studied through distance and online learning modes. Hominem challenge offers from Spain assists all students studying from Spain a university degree such as: MBA, masters, bachelor, diploma or certificate. With regards to European funded projects, Hominem, through its experts, is involved in projects relating to competences and ICT developments for Businesses and users.
As Denmark's largest university of applied sciences, VIA University College(www.via.dk) develops and offers a variety of accredited programmeswithin business and social studies programmes.
VIA develops educational programs in close cooperation with employers –companies, municipalities, regional, national and international institutions.Its strength is combining state-of-the-art research and learningenvironments with their understanding of practice-related challenges andopportunities.20 research centers at VIA University College underpin the ambition to be aresearch-based university college.
VIA holds an Erasmus Charter, and is currently participating in ten EUprojects (Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo, AAL and Interreg-KASK). VIA is thecoordinator of four projects.The National Knowledge Centre for Validation of Prior Learning(www.nvr.nu) is one of VIA University College research centres. TheNational Knowledge Centre for Validation of Prior Learning (NVR) fulfils akey role in this network by collecting, producing and disseminatinginformation and documentation of existing knowledge and best practice onRecognition and Validation of Prior Learning (VPL).
The Centre acquiredmuch of its expertise through implementing a wide range of developmentand transfer-oriented projects to different target groups such as educationspecialists, practitioners, political actors, public institutions and companies.The aim is to continuously up-date knowledge and expertise for VPLpolicies, programmes and procedures in Denmark. One key responsibility ofNVR thereby is to develop and pilot validation methods in closecooperation with national authorities and relevant partners from theeducational system, industry, organisations and the third sector. In thisregard NVR plays a key role in supporting VPL programmes andimplementation at the decentralised and national level in Denmark.
Beinginvolved in international VPL collaboration and cooperation programmes,NVR also channels new knowledge about different ways of working withvalidation and recognition of prior learning back to the Danish systembased on effective international knowledge sharing.The aim of the Knowledge Centre is to facilitate constructive collaborationbetween the policy level, national governmental institutes, research bodiesand validation institutes so that within the educational system competencedevelopment and the use and development of VLP can be strengthenedand better integrated into daily procedures.
The Foundation with its structural staff of 5 people and its incidental staff through the affiliation with Inholland University, studies, accumulates and distributes information on every imaginable aspect of Lifelong Learning-Strategies in which the systematics of Valuation/Validation of prior Learning (VPL) plays a structuring role. Examples: - national and international information pertaining to VPL projects, - qualitative research: case studies, procedures, instruments, financing and legislation. - Incidental bottlenecks in the sphere of legislation and regulations are surveyed and discussed with responsible authorities.
Furthermore training-manuals for the professionals working in the lifelong learning-arena are developed. - development and implementation of training-programmes, - experiments and projects on sectoral, national and European levels, - disseminating results and good practice of the use of VPL within LLL-strategies, - quality-management of projects and innovation-processes in learning-& working-fields, - advice and guidance of target-group organisations in the fields of VPL-enhanced LLL-strategies.
Scuola Nazionale Servizi is a Foundation set up in 2012 that aggregates 40 entities: 35 enterprises, 5 Entrepreneurial National Associations (they represent 85% of the Facility Management Italian Market) 1 citizens national association, skilled professionals and researchers for the purpose of the promotion and diffusion of applied research and innovation mainly in the Facility Management sector. SNS is also a full member of EuroFM (http://www.eurofm.org) and of EFCI Circle - European Federation of Cleaning Industries (http://www.feni.be/index.php?id=9&L=0).
SNS Foundation aggregates as full members seven social cooperatives. In addition, among its full members SNS Foundation counts Legacoop Servizi, a national association that collect several cooperatives and social enterprises with a special focus on unemployed and disadvantaged people. Furthermore, ANMDO (Associazione Nazionale dei Medici delle Direzioni Ospedaliere – National Association of Director of Hospitals) is a full member of SNS Foundation and its President is in the board of the Foundation. Our strong link with Universities is highlighting by the presence of the new Rector of University of Udine as President of our technical-scientific committee.
The main areas of intervention are research and innovation, management consulting, teaching and training and developing of studies and publications, as “Open Facility Management – A successful implementation on a public administration”http://www.scuolanazionaleservizi.it/eng/pubblicazioni.asp.
Furthermore, Scuola Nazionale Servizi Foundation is a VET provider and counts among its member several regional VET providers, delivering their experience in ECVET systems. SNS is also linked with several Public Administrations for the development, negotiation and introduction of professional profiles and competences into regional classification.
Confindustria Sondrio is a trade association adhering at Confindustria, active in the province of Sondrio and representing companies operating in different sectors. Its mission is to contribute, together with both the policy and business institutions, to the economic and social development of the territory and the province of Sondrio, representing the needs and the proposals of the local enterprises and advocating their interest against all the public and business actors.
In accordance with the role assigned to it under the confederal system, it aims to :
a) assist and protect the interests of industrial enterprises in all labor problems , economic and social factors that directly or indirectly affect them, encouraging the development and progress of the provincial industry;
b) proceed with the discussion of individual and collective labor disputes concerning related companies, in order to reach their friendly definition and regulate labor relations with employees, including the conclusion of specific agreed, collective agreements and company rules ; c) assist the Company in the reports associated with the trade unions, with the authorities and public and private bodies;
d) provide, with the cooperation of the companies affiliated, statistical data concerning all productive sectors of the Province;
e) promote, monitor and implement the publication of monographs, journals and bulletins concerning industry in the Province of Sondrio;
f) designate and appoint their own representatives in all the institutions , bodies and committees, which require a representation of the Economic Operators of production;
g) to promote, support and implement initiatives in the field of vocational training, promoting those product sectors with a particular need for qualified personnel ;
h ) perform all the other activities that, in accordance with the roles and responsibilities assigned to the Unions or Regional Industry associations by the confederation provisions, respond to the achievement of the goal of social protection and defense of the industry;
i) to spread awareness in society of the economic , social and civil own entrepreneurship.
Volunteering Support Centres (C.S.V.) are organizations that provide free services to qualify and promote volunteering and the culture of solidarity. Established by Volunteering Law no. 266/1991, CSVs are settled all over Italy. CSVs are managed by the volunteer organisations and primarily use the resources of the banking foundations which, by law, flow in the Special Fund for Volunteering Support.
The C.S.V. L.A.VO.P.S. adheres to the Regional and National Network (www.csvlombardia.it; www.csvnet.it). We are an independent and democratic set up, led and participated by volunteers of the province of Sondrio. We promote and support volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building & training. We produce services, interventions, support and development for organizations and the world of solidarity. We believe in the participation of young people to be active in the society.
FPM is the operational structure of the “Politecnico di Milano” and several relevant private and public founder companies. It is the bridge between the academia and the market, managing large projects and programmes on applied research and innovation. It facilitates the establishment of social local and transnational partnerships, supports the development of new organisations and laboratories, and fosters new competences. Within the Human Resource Project Promotion and Development Area, FPM is engaged in several European and local studies on eSkills and certification models for competences acquired on the job. Since 2007 FPM has supported Lombardy Region to define and implement the model and procedures for recognition and certification of formal, non formal and informal competences. Since 2010 it has operated as technical and methodological support to the Region (D.G.R. n. 8/6563, 13 febbraio 2008; D.D.U.O. n. 3337 del 1 aprile 2010; D.D.U.O. n. 9380, 22.10.2012 ).
Since 2013 FPM has been an accredited body by the Region Lombardy for both training and Labour Services; hence, it also operates as a certification body for the recognition of competences acquired in non-formal and informal contexts. Within the local programme "Talenti al Lavoro" by Milan Province, since 2012 FPM has coordinated and supported the implementation of settings for the recongnition of transversal skills and competences for operators in specific contexts such as Vocational Training and Vocational Guidance. At present, FPM coordinates a local project for the implementation of a joint enterprise-voluntary association framework on whose base to certificate volunteers/employees and formalise recognised training programmes on transversal skills and soft competences acquired in the voluntary context and of interest for business employability. Regarding European eSkills FPM started its work about ten years ago, participating in the European eSkills Forum, leading a survey on the Skills for eGovernment, and working at the European e-Competence framework (e-CF) in the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills since 2004, being the methodological leader of the several CWAs on the e-CF development. It is the scientific reference for the Rete Competenze per l’Economia Digitale (Assintel, Assinter IT, CNA-ict, Confindustria Digitale, Unimatica-Confapi, the major ICT employer Associations ), born in 2012 to spread e-CF in the Italian market. It is the Rapporteur in the UNI Committee on ICT Professions which issued the e-CF national standard UNI 11506:2013. It is the national delegate for UNI in the CEN PC/428 e-Competences and ICT professionalism. It participates in the ESCO Reference Group "ICT service activities", being involved in the ESCO ICT core Group as well. It also participated in the development of the JOBICT (www.jobict.it), the UILTuCS–Networkers’ open portal for ICT job matching, in cooperation with ASSINTEL and IWA Italia.
In some EU countries, efficient and well-experimented tools to measure and certify the acquired competences have been already deployed, as stated by the European Inventory report (last issue 2010). However, the implementation level and the competence measure and certification processes are quite different from each other and very often unknown or not recognized in different countries. With reference to the European Guideline for Validating non-formal and informal learning (Cedefop 2009), the aim of this project (LEVER) is to:
> collect all the current experiences developed by the various partners on this topic;
> design, test, implement and disseminate a standard model and process for the measure and certification of the soft skills (namely the above mentioned reference key competences) developed/acquired by volunteers during their activities in the non-profit organisations;
> elaborate recommendations for policy makers to embed the model and the process in the active labour market policies.
The Italian partners have been chosen to guarantee a mix of stakeholders able to really influence the local cultural approach and together facilitate the effective implementation of the proposed model.
The overall partnership has gained experience in the main LEVER areas, namely, recognition and certification of competences acquired in non-formal, informal environments, transversal competences, voluntary service. Moreover, the partners strongly believe in the voluntary service as a relevant learning set for skill enhancement and employability. For the last two years, the Italian partners have been carrying on local projects to foster unemployed people's transversal skill recognition by the labour agencies.
The aim was to value people's attitudes and capabilities and help them become more self-confident (FPM with the Province of Milano and the labour agencies); FPM has also developed the competence certification procedure in Lombardy and carried out a project with CIESSEVI Milano, the public agency offering services...
Tangible deliverables and intangible results are expected. Tangible outcomes are:
1) The LEVER cross-national survey. A collection of local experiences and practices on: a) recognition of informal, non-formal learning/prior learning and transversal skills, i.e. certification procedures of competences acquired in non-formal, informal learning environments; transversal skills/competence reference standards/frameworks against which evaluating voluntary service competences; the application of the ECVET system and the EQF. b) examples of voluntary service experiences as effective learning paths and sets for the enhancement of competences/transversal skills, as well as virtuous experiences from companies able to integrate voluntary service initiatives into their training programmes;
2) The LEVER e-book: a) a summary of the best practices/state of the art detected by the survey...