Qualification Development Projects

"Implementation of the certification model for mentors in the subsector of ecoindustry"

Project start date and duration:

2016 - 2018 (2 years)


The EcoMentor project will focus on the work-based learning (WBL) in the vocational sector of eco-industry. As it was pointed out in the Bruges Communiqué, WBL constitute a foundation for the social coherence of the current and future employees as well as the base for their professional and personal development. It is worth and important to include WBL into the strategic activities on the national and international levels. The renewed EU agenda for adult learning also calls for promoting the WBL as a form of vocational education and training, which assure achievement of the aims of the Strategy ET 2020. Concept of this project is also in line with the Europe 2020 strategy, especially with its "Agenda for new skills and jobs" and also refers to the strategic priorities of Erasmus+ Programme.

In spite of such high political interest, the potential of WBL seems to be still untapped, especially in the sector of continuing education. So it is justified to undertake activities (like in this project) aimed to increase the use of WBL in continuing vocational education as well as to improve its quality and effectiveness.

Project Objectives:

- developing the standard of professional competence for mentors
in eco-industry

- developing training programme

- designing, developing and testing blended learning VET course,
including e-learning

- implementation and testing of the certification system

For more information, please visit the project website: http://ecomentor.ios.edu.pl/en/

Or you can find a comprehensive overview of the project in our EcoMentor Project Monograph – Download here

"Developing an EU Standardised Approach to Vocational Educational Training Awards in Healthcare Waste Management - EU-HCWM"

Project start date and duration:

Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 (3 years)


The project aims to provide a unified approach to the development of National Occupational Standards and Vocational Educational Training Programmes for Healthcare Waste Management across the EU Member States. This will be achieved through the development of a new healthcare waste management qualification framework, and e-learning platform. 

The new qualification framework developed during the project lifetime, will enable the EU labour force in the sector to gain a standardised set of skills regardless of the member state in which they undertook the vocational training programme. This will ensure that future health-care waste managers will have genuine EU educational currency and therefore enabling greater mobility within the EU for this specific labour force.

The project has a strong team, comprising of 12 partners, representing 11 European countries and two pan European industry associations. The partnership group represents a broad range of stakeholders with a high level of technical expertise from both the state and private healthcare sectors. In addition the project partnership includes stakeholders representing both healthcare waste managers and healthcare providers as well as a strong representation from vocational education training.

Project Objectives:

The key outputs from the project activities are:

  • An assessment of the current VET availability across the EU countries, represented by the partner countries.
  • Assessment of the core skills requirements for the role of healthcare waste managers
  • The development of a standardised EU vocational training programme for healthcare waste managers.
  • The development of associated training materials to underpin the training programme
  • The development of an e-learning platform to facilitate the remote deliver of the training programme
  • An EU wide network of healthcare waste management professionals will be established

For more information, please visit the project website; www.hcwm.eu



'Towards a European Qualification for Solid Waste Managers - SWFM-QF

Project start date and duration:

Nov 2012 - Oct 2014 (2 years)


The project aims to develop a European qualification and training framework to address the needs of facilities managers in the waste management industry.

The SWFM-QF project is being carried out by a consortium of organisations from across 8 European nations.

Project Objectives:

The main objectives are as follows:

  • Identify the structure, content and regulation of the qualifications for the SWFM occupation in the European market
  • Explore and compare the VET processes where these qualifications are acquired Describe the competences linked to the specificities of the sector
  • Detail existing qualifications to the respective NQFs and assess their correlation and alignment with EQF/ECVET
  •  Create a harmonized competence and training framework for different levels of SWFM qualifications
  • Provide a self sustaining implementation strategy to support the recognition and transfer of qualifications across the European countries
  • Disseminate and further exploit project outputs, results, etc.

For more information, please visit the project website: www.swfm-qf.eu