ICOVET has three main objectives

  1. To develop methods (an instruments) that make visible (validate) competences that are of relevance to vocational education and training (VET), competences that are acquired by disadvantaged youth through processes of non-formal or informal learning.
  2. To develop strategies/methods/concepts of how these competences can be systematically used in vocational education and training (and in preparation for vocational education and training).
  3. To develop and test a train-the-trainer module that will enable training or teaching personnel to systematically use these competences in vocational education and training and in preparation for vocational education and training.

To meet these objectives, ten partners from six European countries will take the following steps:

  • examine existing strategies and instruments of validation,
  • on this base: design and test an instrument that is appropriate for our target group,
  • develop and test strategies of how this instrument and insight gained through application of this instrument may be effectively used in VET.

The general idea behind ICOVET is:

Disadvantaged youth have acquired through processes of non-formal and informal learning competences that may be relevant for VET but that cannot be used systematically, because these competences are invisible.
Making these competences visible

  • should enable disadvantaged youth to better understand their own competences and to learn how to use them for VET,
  • should give teachers in schools of general education a better understanding of pupils` competences acquired outside schools and should enable teachers to systematically use these competences in preparing for VET,
  • should give disadvantaged youth better access to training and employment in companies (their grades indicate what they do not know, so on that basis they are not hired for training or employment),
  • should enable companies or training institutions to systematically use these competences in VET.