Competanceudvikling på National plan i Island

 

National plan

 

The Education and Training Service Centre, ETSC

In negotiations on the labour market, at the end of 2001, the social partners and the government of Iceland agreed that they would work towards a reorganization of vocational education in working life with the aim of enhancing supply and ensuring the quality of education. At the same time they would strengthen the framework by making cooperation between the various suppliers of education within that sector more efficient.

In the year 2003 in an agreement between the social partners, the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ), the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) and the Ministry of Education the target group was defined as following: “The main goal for this agreement is to ensure that people in the labour market with little formal education, drop-outs, immigrants and other similar groups are given the possibility to pursue suitable studies and strengthen their position in the labour market.”

 
The Education and Training Service Centre, ETSC case description form

 

Guidance and counselling in the workplace (on the labour market)

The idea stems from a pilot project funded by the Leonardo da Vinci vocational programme of the European Union (Workplace Guidance) that the Efling Trade Union and Starfsafl-Educational Training Programme lead in cooperation with nine other European countries (see: http://015dc1e.netsolhost.com/). There was a need to find a way to bring information about educational opportunities to the target group of the trade union and at the same time to motivate people to participate in lifelong learning.

 

In the year 2003 in an agreement between the social partners, the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ), the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) and the Ministry of Education the target group was defined as following: “The main goal for this agreement is to ensure that people in the labour market with little formal education, drop-outs, immigrants and other similar groups are given the possibility to pursue suitable studies and strengthen their position in the labour market.”

Guidance and counselling in the workplace description form

 

 

Value of Work

In Iceland there is a vast number of people employed in the banking sector who do not have official recognition or certification of the competences they have acquired in their work. Neither have they completed upper secondary school. These employees are more vulnerable to changes in the labour market than those who have certificates from the formal school system and they are also unlikely to get promoted within the organisation. Women make up the major part of this group. They are more prone to being dismissed during periods of uncertainty. In many instances they perform the same job as university graduates. Their union decided to give emphasis to developing methods to validate the real competences these individuals have acquired, to document and certify their competences in cooperation with employers and other stakeholders.

The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC) received a grant from the European Educational Programme; Leonardo da Vinci to promote a pilot project in cooperation with five other countries in Europe. The Confederation of Icelandic Bank and Finance Employees (CIBFI) and the VR Trade Union were partners in the project implementation in Iceland. The main goal was to develop standards for validating real competences in the work place (against job descriptions rather than curricula) with transparent structures, transferable to other professions.

 
Value of Work case description form