In 2015 Italy reformed the legal framework of its national dual-VET and apprenticeship system to bridge the gap between the world of education and the labour market needs. However, implementing the new dual system at local level were problematic despite of an active engagement of VET institutions and business organisations. In effect, in the Marche regional territory, the introduction of this newly reformed system were not delivering effective outputs in terms of offering very attractive work-based learning programmes for local apprentices and in terms of delivering effective VET learning outcomes matching with the professional skills required by the business actors.
To face this problem VETBUS project sought to establish a local VET-business alliance aiming at A) Better matching VET schools curricula with the specific professional skills required by the local manufacturing sector; B) Actively involving local manufacturing companies in the process; C) Raising the quality excellence and attractiveness of the VET WBL programmes in Marche Region context.
Partners firstly carried out an internal capacity building programme to share good practices and learn from the German Dual VET well-established models. Then, project partners and social parties belonging to associated partners established the VETBUS Alliance at local level and they carried out a skills need assessment on the regional manufacturing sector (to better identify which are the most requested competences of the Mechanical Operator professional profile) and then they delivered a set of operative tools for the elaboration of qualified VET curricula (according EQF and ECVET systems). An operative working group, made up of VET and Business experts, was set up in the framework of the VETBUS Alliance, to systemise its operative methodology, to design an updated pilot WBL path for the Mechanical Operator curriculum and to develop a Vademecum for private companies willing to host students and apprentices during their Work Based Learning experiences. Finally, the pilot “Mechanical Operator” WBL programme was further tested by a sample of 20 students and it was further evaluated and officially validated by the Regional Local Authority in charge of recognise competences achieved through VET paths.
VET schools/providers and business companies involved in the implementation of the dual-VET system in the Marche Region
IHK-Projektgesellschaft mbH (DE)
Camera di Commercio delle Marche
iGuzzini illuminazione Spa
Associazione Industriali della Provincia di Ancona
Unione Sindacale Regionale Cisl Marche
Istituto di Istruzione Superiore “Corridoni”