Project Background

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The background for the ISO QUAM project (ISO 17024:2003 certification for qualified metal worker) is the current and probable future situation in the metal sector in Europe, which due to the economic crisis produces a high risk of low-skilled or unskilled workers. There are four in total, with one even taking a swipe at the amazon kindle, and you can check them out after the break. Currently there is no possibility to certify the competences of this target group, which have been acquired mainly through non-formal or informal ways. The European Qualification Framework (EQF) currently provides no clear strategy on how to certify and recognize competences lower than the regular skilled worker (apprenticeship level), which leads to a strong need for a certification approach for the lower levels of EQF (EQF 1 and 2).

The project ISO QUAM provides an approach for a competence certification for a qualified metal worker (EQF levels 1 and 2) through a transfer of an existing model for competence certification schemes on the basis of the norm ISO 17024:2003. This project will transfer this norm, which is already successfully used in other sectors, into the metal sector providing the first reliable and internationally recognized competence certification approach for low skilled or unskilled workers. A European-wide recognized approach for certification of their competences would provide them with an ISO 17024:2003 competence assessment certificate, valid in all European countries (and beyond), which will significantly improve their job chances and their possibilities for job mobility.
The outputs of the project will be an EN-tested in all partner countries ISO 17024:2003-based approach for competence certification of a qualified metal worker including all necessary materials in all partner languages.

The short-term impact expected is a number of 100 certified qualified metal workers at the end of the project and a huge long term impact on VET providers, certifying bodies, political decision makers and the VET systems as a whole. This will provide a valuable contribution to the approaches for transparency and recognition of competences and learning outcomes for a very disadvantaged target group.