Implementation and validation of Non-Formal Training on Sustainability for Environmental Testing Laboratories workers

Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus+

'ECVET-Lab' stands for 'Environmental Testing Laboratories' and at the same time addresses one of the main project challenges i.e. providing opportunities for recognition and validation of competences acquired in the workplace or through alternative learning pathways.

The ECVET-Lab project intends to develop an online training course through an OER (Open Educational Resources) Learning Platform promoting the need for sustainable development of the sector of laboratories of environmental testing. Through this platform the trainees, laboratory technicians, will have the chance to obtain and strengthen high quality work-based skills and competences in order to comply with a so-called Qualification Standard/ Competence Profile.

All training content will have a modular structure whereas each learning outcome will reflect duties and responsibilities a sustainably aware laboratory technician should have in order to carry out good environmental practices in the workplace. The qualification standard and the training course will be defined in accordance with ECVET principles (including a reference to the EQF).

ECVET-Lab includes 7 partners, representing 25 different countries, creating a European bridge of knowledge between Spain (NOVOTEC, FEH), Cyprus (NIREAS-IWRC, MMC), Poland (ITeE-PIB), Austria (3s),  and 21 other EU countries as well as associated countries thanks to the EU level organisation 'EUROLAB'.  EUROLAB brings together active members from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, as well as associated members from Turkey, FYROM and Lebanon.

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