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2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 43rd SEFI Annual Conference 2015 - Diversity in Engineering Education: An Opportunity to Face the New Trends of Engineering, SEFI 2015, European society for engineering education(SEFI) , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The development of employees? skills and competences has become the key driver of economic growth in the developed world. It is widely recognised that it is mainly through enhancing people?s skill and competences that future competitive advantage willemerge. Consequently companies need to be able to identify precise areas where they have, orcan build, distinctive Competences that will enable them to compete effectively. However skill and competence development aimed at especially post-graduate employees is still an area of great potential of progress. Nowadays with the European Qualification Framework (EQF) the tool to accredit such skills and competences is available - even if they (the skills and competences) have been achieve through in-formal or non-formal learning. A partnership of seven industrial engineering institutes from Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have set out to develop and test a model for skills and competence development for employees within a company context. Inspired by the concept of Work-based learning (Boud, 2001) and a facilitating approach to learning (Kolmos et al., 2004)),the partnership will develop a Work-based learning model aiming at industrial engineering ? a WBL-IE model, which will be pilot tested in the seven partner countries and the learning out-come will be matched against the EQF. The intention with the research is to bring new knowledge and models to the field on continuing education primarily within an industrial engineering context. The research approach is inspired by action research, which is defined by a participatory process concerned with developing practical knowledge in an attempt of improving e.g. life of human beings (Lewin, 1946; Reason et al., 2003) and a case studies methodology (Flyvbjerg, 2006, 2011). This paper will provide insight into the results of the pilot cases; how the competence need are recognised; how the learning objectives are identified; how the learning program is designed and how the learning out-comes are assessed and matched to the EQF.

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European society for engineering education(SEFI) , 2015.
Keyword [en]
Continuing Engineering Education, Industrial engineering, SME's, Work-based learning, Competition, Economics, Education, Industrial research, Competence development, Competitive advantage, Continuing engineering educations, European qualifications, Participatory process, Skills and competences, Engineering education
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194752ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84968784491ISBN: 9782873520120OAI: diva2:1046875
43rd SEFI Annual Conference 2015, SEFI 2015, 29 June 2015 through 2 July 2015

QC 20161115

Available from: 2016-11-15 Created: 2016-10-31 Last updated: 2016-11-15Bibliographically approved

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