The waste sector offers great occupational opportunities to social economy enterprises which are capable to give value to products which will otherwise end into landfill.
The objective of the project is the transfer of an innovative multidisciplinary model of training and “learning by working” for entrepreneurs/managers/workers of social economy. As result of the process, we expect the promotion of a training system, the introduction of a new professional function in the “social-green” labour market, and finally the widest dissemination of the system at European level by means of the EQF and ECVET.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of the project is to transfer to and disseminate in Italy and possibly in other partner countries, an innovative training system designed in France for the development of a new job profile, the so-called “Waste valorisator” within the broad context of social economy.
The Valorisator should be an expert in the waste prevention/management/recycling/reuse chain, able to select items/materials that can be recovered and reused, before becoming waste, and to start all the processes needed to revitalize and relocate them on the market.
The purpose is the modelling and formalisation of an informal learning process (i.e. on-the-job training) for the development of both managerial/leadership skills and technical/operational skills.
Therefore, the primary goals of the project are as follows:
- Implement the job profile of the Valorisator and develop innovative training methods (managerial and leadership skills), through the cooperation between vocational training institutions and the labour market – as well as through the transfer of know-how among partner countries – by using integrated on-the-job training and self-directed learning methods aimed at the recognition of prior informal and non-formal learning
- Support participation and test the training method addressed to entrepreneurs, managers, workers in the field of social economy on the role/function of the “Valorisator” so as to create a new key player in the ever-changing field of waste prevention/management/recycling/reuse;
- Promote the transparency and enhancement of learning outcomes, by structuring the new job profile in units of learning outcomes and level of competence, in compliance with the ECVET and EQF systems, testing recognition and certification models and assessing its integration in regional qualification frameworks;
- Promote workers empowerment in the green economy sector in order to support the competitiveness of social economy and of the “waste chain” by creating green jobs.
- Identification of the profile by setting up a Scientific and Educational Working Group, led by the Spanish partner, whose the task is to assess the background and carry out a preliminary analysis of the profile, as well as to identify training needs on the basis of the EQF and ECVET systems (WP3);
- Innovation transfer and support activities, coordinated by the French partner, through on-site observation and training support on the use of the Valorisator profile system (WP 4);
- Activities of validation and testing of this innovative profile, led by the Italian partners. Workers employed in social enterprises carry out the tasks of the Valorisator through two different approaches: horizontal (transversal skills) and vertical (specialist skills on three types of waste) in WPs 5 and 6;
- Methodological adaptation of the system according to the VET systems of the receiving countries, coordinated by the Emilia Romagna Region, with reference to European standards (WP7);
- Networking and dissemination, coordinated by the Belgian partner, through periodic communication, dissemination and institutional mainstreaming activities, also directed to stakeholders/enterprises/social partners, both transversal and tailored to each partner country (WP 8);
- Monitoring and assessment activities, led by the Romanian partner, with “self-directed learning” purposes addressed to all the partners who believe that they have to “learn from their own experience” so that they can get useful lessons while the project is still under way (WP 9).
The innovative result of the project is the implementation of a new job profile: an expert in the “waste chain”, able not only to select materials that can be recovered and drive the regeneration techniques and methods, but also capable to operate in a creative manner, hence developing new market niches.
The Valorisator can contribute to the development and implementation of Reuse Centres. Indeed the profile developed through the project will be tested in some of the reuse centres being set up in many European countries as a consequence of the Waste Framework Directive. The Valorisator in these centres is expected to give a strong impulse to economic and employment growth.
Another innovative aspect is the development of cooperation between enterprises to act more effectively in the local and international markets.