Regionally-based occupational standards
In order to contribute to developments in education and training sector in the SEE region, ERI SEE strongly supports cooperation between the South East Europe VET Network (SEEVET Net) (association of the VET agencies/centres from the SEE region) and regional chambers of commerce (gathered under the umbrella of the Chambers Investment Forum – CIF). This cooperation is also known as the Western Balkans Alliance for Work-based Learning (WBA for WBL). The WBA for WBL was established within the Berlin Process, a political initiative aiming at supporting the Western Balkans integration into the European Union.
The WBA for WBL has agreed on a number of joint activities with the purpose of establishing regionally-based occupational standards, namely within two regional projects: the Towards regionally-based occupational standards – TO REGOS project and the Enhancements in the Quality of Education and Training in South Eastern Europe EQET SEE project, both funded by the Austrian Development Agency, with funds of Austrian Development Cooperation.
The VET agencies and chambers of commerce from six Western Balkan economies led by the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe ERI SEE Secretariat developed the Methodology for the Development of Regionally-based Occupational Standards: defining guiding principles, steps and methods and tested it by developing five regionally based occupational standards: hotel and restaurant technician, floor layer and tile setter painter and dry construction worker.
The EQET SEE project moved forward towards tackling two additional sectors: the sector of agriculture, by developing agriculture technician of traditional and organic cultivation regionally based occupational standards and the metal sector by developing locksmith and CNC operator regionally based occupational standards.