The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is an initiative for the recognition of learning outcomes in vocational education and training (VET) across Europe. ECVET has been developed to facilitate the recognition of achievements in vocational education and training, in formal, informal and non-formal learning.
ConClip offers low-threshold multimedia teaching tools open for everyone’s use. Due to its compact format, ConClip used alone cannot fulfil the criteria for assessment – i.e. workers cannot get recognition for their competence profiles solely with the videos and the supplementary material.
Still, ConClip is an offer for workers and teaching institutions to succeed in gathering ECVET points – as a flexible teaching tool which can be integrated well in existing curricula for the vocational training and education of site workers.
When building up competencies for craftsmen in view of the passive house standard, it is necessary to define minimal requirements of knowledge, skills and competence for an expedient use of ConClips within existing curricula.
Within the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), a system to make national qualifications more readable across Europe, ConClips can be defined as EQF-level 3 – that implies following lowest professional requirements:
- Knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts, in a field of work / study
- Skills – cognitive and practical ones – required to accomplish tasks and solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods, tools, materials and information
- Competence to take responsibility for completion of tasks in work or study; adapt own behaviour to circumstances in solving problems
For which professions?
ConClips are universal teaching tools designed to be applicable in different contexts and also for a wide range of professions. Their aim is to establish a “common language” on the site, dealing with the essential skills needed for passive house building and communicating key terms important for understanding the work flow.
As the goal is to pass on basic knowledge, the professions to be targeted are those connected to building trade and auxiliary building trade in general. Also because of country-specific differences in professions, ConClips do not focus on too diversified and specialized professional orientation.
ConClip & ECVET
According to the ECVET criteria, the singular ConClips enable the learner to do (active verb) a certain thing (what?) in a certain way (how?) applying certain methods and tools (by what means?).
When applying ECVET criteria to the specific ConClips, the learning outcomes and assessment criteria within the workflow are defined.
The work steps described e.g. for ConClip1 (mounting insulation boards) are the following:
- Interpret information relating to the work and resources when installing insulation to walls
- Select the required quantity and quality of resources to install insulation boards
- Comply with information to install insulation to walls
- Act (install insulation boards)
- Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when installing insulation to walls
The ECVET criteria for the clips have following properties in common:
- EQF-level: 3
- Professions targeted: building trade / auxiliary building trade – in case of ConClip 5 / Sealing around Cables, Ducts also plumbers / electricians
- Guided Learning Hours / Unit Credit value: To be defined by the teacher / instructor using ConClips within an existing curriculum
You can download more detailed ECVET guidelines for following videos. These guidelines show strong analogies to the ConClip teaching material.
- ConClip 1: Thermal Bridges – Mounting of Wall Insulation Boards
- ConClip 2: Airtightness – Window Installation on Exterior Brick Wall With Insulation
- ConClip 3: Insulation – Installation of a Window Sill
- ConClip 4: Thermal Bridges – Correct Insulation of Fascia Brickwork
- ConClip 5: Airtightness – Sealing around Cables, Ducts
- ConClip 6: Airtightness – Sealing of Threshold Area
- ConClip 7: Thermal Bridges – Correct Insulation of Cavity Walls
- ConClip 8: Insulation – Foundation Skirting without Basement
WORK WITH COLLEAGUES IN A TEAM
One of ConClip’s targets is to establish a “common language” between the trades and crafts on the site in order to make the acting of colleagues from other trades understandable. So, it is important to have a special unit of ECVET criteria on working with colleagues in a team.
This unit is about being a good team worker, carrying out duties and responsibilities as agreed, and monitoring and supporting the colleagues’ work.
The learning outcome is described in three steps:
- contribute to the work of your team
- provide support to your colleagues
- respond to conflict in your team
ConClip & EQAVET
The European Quality Assurance system for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) is designed to make sure that the quality of training programmes and assessment of competence can be trusted. Its aim is increase quality, transparency and consistency in VET.
Within this framework, ConClips have developed minimal, but universally applicable performance standards for workers involved in the construction of passive houses. They can be found in the ECVET criteria of the singular clips as well as in the teaching material.
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