• Unprecedented demands on companies: • Ecological ( green agenda, sustainable resources) • Short life span of products ( fashion, electrical equipment

) • Extreme pressure to reduce costs and maintain quality ( world productionline... AirBus) • Speed of delivery to customers (latest model) • Ability of employees to cope with rapidly changing market conditions and

VET college supporting the local economy: Summary of discussions with colleagues

Occupational Profiling & WorkProcess 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, service) Subsidiarity Principle (Reconcile different requirements… apprentice/skilled worker; company/sector; national/EU) Content (Determined by aims of qualification;

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Training Programmes Work Process Apprentices



Occupational Profiles

Skilled Workers


Bottom–up Curriculum Development

Curriculum Specification

National Qualifications

WPA (Occupational Profiling) Curriculum Development
Analysis of core processes Curriculum Specification> Qualification

Direct observation of work process

Profile of typical professional processes… occupation

• 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

Evaluation indicators about the model of occupational profiling contributing to:

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