The Project

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The ISO QUAM project elaborates a model to provide an internationally accepted ISO 17024:2003 based certificate for a target group which has been significantly disregarded by the current VET systems – low skilled workers in the metal sector (low skilled workers in general). Therefore we expect a clear contribution to the quality and innovation in the VET system by establishing a new approach for this target group. The ability to boost the memory without paying through the nose is something we would like to see, but aren’t holding our breath for!

The new possibility of accreditation of competences on the Standard ISO 17024:2003 will raise the attractiveness of the VET system for a target group which is normally not even entering this system by providing a possibility to certify their competences acquired through informal or non formal (on the job) learning. Furthermore the international acceptance of this certificate will foster the mobility of this target group significantly, which has otherwise very rare possibilities for professional or work mobility.

The establishment of a certification process and scheme for low skilled workers based on the ISO 17024:2003 regulations require a close co-operation of all stakeholders involved (learning centers and other VET providers, companies, social partners, certifying bodies).

The ISO QUAM project provides its core contribution for this objective. For the first time it will be possible to offer a European-wide and in fact internationally recognized certificate based on an international norm ISO 17024:2003 for competences of low skilled or unskilled workers who acquire their competences mainly in a non formal or informal way, where currently the VET systems also during the first implementation steps of the EQF do not have any solutions.

ISO QUAM will provide a recognized model to support transparency and recognition of competences in close relation with the current developments around EQF and NQFs.