Aims and objetives

The project wants:

  • A. To support the development of the European qualification of the European Technology Transfer Manager (TTM)
  • B. To test and implement ECVET by applying it to assessment, transfer, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non formal contexts related to the ETTM qualification.

As a byproduct, the project will bring advantage not only to the world of VET, but also to European firms and to the European research sector, and reduce the current skills mismatch for this occupation.

Aims and objetives

To reach this goal, the project will produce:

1. A competence profile of the European TTM. The profile will be fully structured according to ECVET guidelines and described in the paper The European TTM Competence Profile. The profile will describe key activities (units of competence) and for each activity skills and knowledge needed. To each unit will be allocated a set of ECVET points, so to allow recognition and transfer in other existing official qualifications and comparison with similar profiles in different countries.

2. The blueprint (lessons plans including materials to use for training) of a training course for training TTMs. The blueprint will be described in the paper A Blueprint for the Training of the European TTM

3. A procedure for the accreditation (recognition of competence) of people working as TTM. The procedure will allow assessment, transfer, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes (under the form of ECVET points) achieved in formal, informal and non formal contexts. The procedure will be

described in the paper A Methodology For Assessing And Validating Competence of the European TTM.

4. Guidelines for the accreditation of courses providers organizing courses for training TTMs will be produced. The guidelines will be described in the paper Guidelines for accreditation of training providers.

5. Guidelines for the application of ECVET to qualifications. These are described in a document with the same name and will list a set of principles (quality standards) for the application of ECVET to TTM and more in general to national, sectoral or trans-sectoral qualifications.

 

The project produces benchmarks for the profile of the TTM, for training TTMs and for accrediting their competence and VET providers. Thanks to the project, the ECVET system and the occupation of TTM will become better known, more effective and widespread. The effects of the project are differentiated depending by target groups.

Target groups

  • Existing TTMs: the project allows to recognize themselves as part of a specific profession. Our aim is to create a register of TTMs at European level. To this end, we will cooperate with ASTP The Association of European Science & Technology Transfer Professionals http://www.astp.net/. The accreditation procedure will also allow each TTM to understand the ECVET system, to have his/her formal and not formal learning recognized by VET providers across Europe, to recognize its own professional strong and weak points and to improve its expertise
  • People interested in becoming TTM: the project allows them to understand the ECVET system, to have their formal and not formal learning recognized by VET providers across Europe, to measure distance between competence already possessed and competence needed to work as TTM, and to develop action plans for their own training. The project also allows to compare training offered by different training providers and to chose the most complete or the more suitable referring to the missing competencies
  • Companies and research centres: to understand in practice how ECVET
  • works and how to choose the best TTM when recruiting them
  • Training providers: to understand in practice how ECVET works. Furthermore, the training blueprint will support training providers for the design and the implementation of courses addressed to TTMs., and for producing a course with the same content across Europe. Our aim is to have this blueprint implemented throughout Europe and to create a list of accredited training providers
  • Policy makers and stakeholders can use the competence profile as a relevant reference point for the concrete implementation of professional recognition path within a European perspective.