Following the EU-Commission, the basic intention of “Q-Mentor” is to increase the number of mobilities abroad and recognize acquired competences. The project follows the EU priority “Development and transfer of mobility strategies in VET”. Thereby our partnership consortium aims at improving the quality of mobility experiences due to sustainable implementation of instruments for better transparency and recognition. As for the strategic aim, we organize mobility experiences for apprentices with high value within lasting and effective cooperative structures in order to implement valid learning outcomes as a standard for mobility. Mentors in receiving and sending companies play a strategic role in the process of organizing, carrying out and evaluating mobility experiences; therefore they are to be seen as key for quality assurance. We will focus on their training in how to understand and apply the mentioned instruments for transparency and recognition of the learners` competences.
To reach our aim mentors will be trained and become familiar with the following topics:
-Transparency and trust in different national VET-systems
-Competent application of European instruments for transparency (EQR, ECVET)
-Implementation of valid learning outcomes in mobilities
We consider the competence of supervisors/mentors in host companies to be an important factor. Many of them are used to host trainees but are not aware of their role to assure the quality of mobilities. That is why we founded a consortium consisting of partners at institutional level/ system-level (f-bb, CCI Terassa, IHK-PG) and at application/ practical level (Foyle, MEMo, ALFMED). With this technical expertise on the institutional level and the good network of companies regularly hosting students of the practical partners we will realize the project as follows:
Every partner will chose 10 mentors, equal to 10 companies, who will support the capability analysis, testing and utilization of “Q-Mentor”-concept. Target groups are mentors in hosting and sending companies and apprentices, since they will finally profit from mobility experiences of better quality. Regarding the type of transfer, we import the “Q-placement Handbook” (www.q-placements.eu) from Spain to DE, FR, MT and the UK across sectors. This handbook defines the role of relevant actors in mobility. The project partner f-bb brings in its expertise of project “EDGE”, where a manual for creating and implementing competence recognition procedures related to learning outcomes has been developed.