Paint Up project was meant to reinforce the tutor’s role in the apprenticeship system through a strong involvement of sector stakeholders and a deep engagement of companies, mainly SMEs, in the Painting/Decorating sector.
We are now in the fourth and last phase of the project and each of these steps is mirrored by the production of an Intellectual Output (IO). So far, all the scheduled activities have been performed and attained the foreseen purpose.
Mapping the tutor function in painting SMEs
The IO1 lead by CCCA-BTP (France) provided, with the cooperation of all partners, a preliminary description of the tutorship from the legal point of view to understand each national context.
A mapping of the real situation of tutors in the painting sector in the partners countries (FR, BE, SK, UK) was carried out using the methodology of questionnaires and interviews to representative interlocutors (company managers, tutors and institutional bodies).
Tutor’s practical activities guide
The IO2 lead by Doncaster College (U.K.) started from the conclusions of previous IO to prepare recommendations as to the role of the tutors. The main conclusions of the recommendations resulted in:
Doncaster College also submitted recommendations to reinforce the role of small and medium painting company tutors in work-based learning and proposed adopting an innovative teaching style, including education to business posture and financial resources management.
Learning tools for company’s tutors in Units of Learning
The IO3 lead by IFAPME (BE) launched the design of the Units of Learning (UOL) for the tutors training and the partners validated them. The Tutor function and the training methodology become more concrete and situational-based, mirroring “blended learning” and peer learning (i.e.: face-to-face activities). The main innovation will be to embed the transversal skills in the different units of L.O.
The online methodology will contain a general framework common for the learning process (global skills) while specific country aspects (e.g. national legislation) will be provided for offline or face-to-face.
The proposed methodology is based on the identification of tutors and company needs in terms of knowledge, skills and competences in line with the role of tutor. This methodology will allow to the partners to exploit their cross-sector expertise in the field of pedagogical engineering and training, contributing to the content of the training framework for the tutor.
Online training to tutors
The IO4 lead by EPP (BE) will set up an online training specially addressed to the tutors painters that is innovative by the target public (tutors usually are not in the front of the learning process) and by the sector. An online course is an opportunity to learn in a flexible mode.
The activities have started in early 2019 and are scheduled to achieve its outcomes by August 2019.