The VETAS network project


Today’s automotive sector is characterized by steadily ongoing work process innovations, by the development of global delivery networks, and by increasing competition. This yields a lot of requirements for the employees in terms of flexibility to cover the needs of this ever-changing world of work, or, in other words, the ability to cope with complex work requirements which can only be determined properly on the basis of a collaboration of all players in the field, as enterprises and employees, social partners, providers of training and education, public authorities.

This situation delivers good arguments for setting up a  framework of VET stakeholders in the automotive sector. There is no doubt that at the very end success in this field is only possible if stakeholders of various kinds collaborate on the basis of the conviction that competition in the sector must not prevent benefits which can be gained by mutual exploitation of resources which have not to be considered as critical for achieving advantages over competitors. But this idea will only have an impact on behaviour if it can be shown practically at work level that cooperation in training, education, and human resources development enhances chances in global competition.

Therefore the proposal aims to set up a network of practitioners and researchers which ensures the quality of training in a way that requirements of work processes are to a maximum degree matched by the abilities of employees to carry out their work.

 

The major activities associated with this network to be initiated by the project at hand are

  • The creation of a knowledge database with data on the situation of education and training in the automotive sector,  provided for use by all stakeholders in the field
  • Delivering an overview of methods of setting up occupational profiles and designing qualification processes
  • Monitoring and evaluation of training approaches in the automotive sector at the national and European levels,
  • The identification of best practice models
  • The creation of a forum of mutual exchange
  • Preparation of policy recommendations.


It is expected that these activities will contribute to the emergence of generally accepted training standards, which will both enhance the mobility of employees, who can work in various domains of various enterprises of various countries, and increase the flexibility of enterprises, who will have better opportunities to recruit properly trained staff in time.