TRANSVAL-EU National Trainings are on the way

On 10-11 October 2022, the national training event on the topic of validation of transversal skills acquired through non-informal and informal learning took place at Kaunas Karalius Mindaugas vocational training center.

More than 20 representatives of Lithuanian vocational and education training institutions, which validate or intend to validate transversal skills in vocational and education training, participated in the training.

The training was organized according to the qualification development program „Application of the validation of transversal skills in practice“ accredited by the Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre. The program consists of 40 academic hours. Training participants, seeking to obtain a certificate of completion, will have to attend the entire program course, which includes not only the theoretical part, practical sessions, independent studies, and individual consultations, but also practical work of validating transversal skills of VET institutions’ students.

The training program consists of the following main topics: the framework of transversal skills, transversal skills’ validation processes, tools, and methods; special attention is paid to assessment methods and ensuring the transparency and quality of the validation process itself.

Training participants will have the opportunity to participate in a peer learning session, during which they will advise and share feedback on the completed practical work, and provide their insights and recommendations for improving the validation processes.

The following transversal competences are being piloted in Lithuania:

  • managing and organizing activities;
  • solving problems and reacting to the unforeseen;
  • cooperating and fostering cooperation;
  • using oral communication in one or several languages;
  • using written communication in one or several languages;
  • communicating using digital technologies;
  • building one’s career path;
  • developing one’s competences and profile.

The national training program was prepared taking into account the set guidelines of the European Training Program of the Project, and prepared training materials. European training event took place in May of 2022, in Perugia, Italy. It was attended by 4 representatives from Lithuania.

The objective of the national training is not only to purposefully develop the competences and practical skills of representatives of Lithuanian VET institutions in the field of validation of transversal skills, to promote the development of validation of transversal skills in VET institutions, but also to monitor the processes of validation of transversal skills, the qualitative and quantitative results of which will form preconditions for the evaluation of transversal skills validation results and effects not only at the national, but also at international levels, and, in turn, will contribute to the improvement of the European training program, tools, and training standards.

Monitoring of the launch of the experiment of transversal skills validation processes is implemented by the project partner Vrije Universiteit Brussel from Belgium.

The different trainings are being implemented by the Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre together with the national project partner, the Lithuanian Education and Science Trade Union.