The ConstructyVET project is aimed at devising a transnational action plan for the development of middle management skills on building sites. The partners want to narrow the gap between the expectations of companies with regard to knowledge, skills and competences on the one hand and the qualifications of the workforce immediately after training on the other. Indeed, on completion of current training of future foremen and site managers, companies generally only make these posts available to employees with 3 to 7 years of professional experience, although their needs are rather more immediate. This pattern is reflected in most of the partner countries.
Based on a pragmatic and transnational analysis of the competency requirements (particularly cross-functional skills) for foremen and site managers expressed by the companies in the partner countries, the project’s objectives are:
- Joint adaptation of a representative sample of training courses to meet the expectations expressed by the companies and the creation of a support mechanism for trainees in individualised training to promote earlier employability, including in a transnational dimension,
- Joint identification and refinement of teaching methods and tools suited to the adjusted career paths, with the emphasis on modularisation of courses, individualised training and trainee support,
- Proposal of a transnational model for the validation, recognition and transparency of the learning outcomes of the adjusted training programmes.
The analyses carried out earlier by the project partners highlight the problems of recruiting foremen and site managers: not due to any shortage of workers in general, but frequently to a lack of training courses adequately adapted to the way in which these posts have evolved. That is why the partners are proposing a project aimed at both companies and individuals who are looking for:
- Training that provides access to a position facilitating socio-economic integration, as is the case with foremen and site managers,
- Vocational reorienting,
- Professional promotion.
The project therefore is a part of the “Education and Training 2020” strategy, at the same time aiming at:
- Closer integration of training systems and companies and the prioritisation of alternating training courses,
- Competitiveness of the companies, through better training of the middle management employees they need, and the socio-economic integration of young people looking for a professional career,
- Employability and mobility of the trainees.
The partnership was created to be both professional and complementary, uniting construction sector organisations and the multi-sectoral institutions or actors involved in vocational training. This includes those bodies with the following profile:
- National institutions overseeing introductory and ongoing vocational training in the construction industry professions, including professional reorientation for workers with economic and social integration problems; these are authorised by national education ministries, labour ministries or national or regional professional certification bodies,
- National institutes specialising in cross-functional teaching research, in association with institutional and university partners, mandated by the European Commission to implement EC recommendations such as EQF, ECVET and EQAVET,
- Recognised vocational training centres that are both regional and local networks.
This is a major consortium that will bring to fruition a credible project in terms of a variety of training contexts and situations leading to foreman and site manager positions. The partners have created this joint strategy with the future in mind, guaranteeing that the project remains accessible in the long run to its direct beneficiaries (trained workers and companies) and indirect beneficiaries (trainers in training centres, company instructors and bodies responsible for designing and organising vocational training in the countries concerned and elsewhere).