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VET college supporting the

local economy: Summary of

discussions with colleagues
• Unprecedented demands on
• Ecological ( green agenda, sustainable
• Short life span of products ( fashion,
electrical equipment)
• Extreme pressure to reduce costs and
maintain quality ( world production-
line... AirBus)
• Speed of delivery to customers (latest
• Ability of employees to cope with
rapidly changing market conditions and
Occupational Profiling & Work-
Process Analysis
• The model of occupational profiling
seemed to offer an approach worthy of
further consideration in attempting to
apprise colleagues of suitable forms of
curriculum development to meet the skill
needs of companies and sectors.

• Central to the model of occupational

profiling is work-process analysis (WPA).
This approach to producing occupational
standards and profiles, as an element in
curriculum development as a prerequisite to
new vocational qualifications, may be
viewed as the “paradigm shift”.
Commonality across
• projects
Bottom-up (Not exclude top-down. Emphasis on
“shop-floor”; acknowledges the view of experts
and skilled personnel)
• Work-Process Analysis (WPA)
• Core Processes; Typical Professional Tasks
(TPTs) that define an occupation… “major skills of
a profession”
• Sector Experts (trainers, curriculum experts,
skilled workers... Focus on the customer, product,
• Subsidiarity Principle (Reconcile different
requirements… apprentice/skilled worker;
company/sector; national/EU)
• Content (Determined by aims of qualification;

Work Process Apprentices

EQF... Analysis Occupational Skilled

Profiles Workers

Bottom–up Curriculum
Curriculum Specification
Development National
WPA (Occupational Profiling)
Curriculum Development

Direct Analysis of
observation core
of work processes
Curriculum Specification> Qualification

Profile of typical professional

processes… occupation
Evaluation indicators about
the model of occupational
profiling contributing to:
• a VET system that is in accord with local, regional
and state economies
• highly skilled workers promoting the efficient
organisation of modern companies
• a training provision that enables apprentices, or
novices, to become skilled workers efficiently
• the inherent scope to enable skilled workers and
other learners to review options when considering
solutions to work-problems
• the routine prominence (habitually) given to
planning, work organisation, team work and the
pursuit of quality to meet customer expectations
• the emphasis given to increasing innovative
capacity of companies through confident and
competent workers
• an understanding of the societal gains which