FACILICODE (Facilitated Work Based Learning)
Dissipation of the FWBL methodology to innovative continuing professional development
At this midway stage of the project the Teacher Training Programme has been developed and was held in March 2009. CPD units in Valencia, Dublin and Horsens are now cooperating with local companies to establish their recent needs for new competences.
The professional areas are quite different, from pure technical and technological topics to sales and management issues. Below are four examples reported as to how the FWBL methodology serves as a framework for a university–company cooperation on competence development.
- An energy advising company has since April 2009 been taught training in sales. Ten consultants have been trained in planning, implementation and follow-up on sales activities. There have also been workshops with the management focusing on the management’s role in strengthening empowerment and self-management amongst the employees, and the change of role for the management. This has set up a basis for a strategic development project where the FWBL methodology is utilised in the direction of change management and value-based management.
- A combined architect and engineering company has been running a project on development of collaboration. There have been meetings with the management and individual interviews of ten employees to identify the focus areas which are relevant concerning communication and collaboration. A training course has been held with focus on behaviour and communication, followed by individual coaching sessions.
- A lean management development project is started in a contractor company. A workshop with 25 employees has been held and is going to be supplemented by further common and individual competence development.
- A section manager of projects from an environment department of a city community is responsible for projects drafting, proposals of contracting and project management of natural spaces projects in general. The needs analysis exercise has identified a need for updates on operations tools like graphical information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), cartography, remote sensing and hydrology. The main purpose is to provide new visions to the management of natural resources.
There is no doubt that CPD is carried out quite differently in the participating countries. Cultural diversity and tradition are of course playing an important role when a framework like FWBL is utilised in different sectors and countries. That is the whole point in projects like FACILICODE. To find out how a new innovative method like FWBL will apply in other contexts, cultures, countries and sectors, and by the use of cases and pilots to report back to the innovators – maybe for development of a Version 2 or for initiation of common discussions about advantages and disadvantages of the method with reference to the national tradition and culture respectively.