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Project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.
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Food and beverage industry is one of the most dynamic sectors of the EU economy, with an annual turnover of 972.582 million euros (Eurostat Yearbook, 2009). The sector employs 4.772.100 persons, meaning 3.8% of the total employment in the non-financial sectors in the EU. Around 61.3% of the work is developed in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which are scattered throughout the European geography.

From the 90’s on, the food industries have been affected by huge structural changes derived from the globalisation of economy, the introduction of new technologies, the changes in the working organisation and the adaptation to quality, environmental and food safety rules and norms, which have generated new qualification and VET needs.

In this context of competitiveness and changes, social partners, public administrations, training centres and companies of the sector are showing their concern about the adaptation of the vocational training and the professional qualifications to the learning outcomes proposed in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for 2012.

Therefore, the main aim of the Food-fit project is to design, from the point of view of the labour market, a methodology and a group of tools for the implementation and development of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) in the food sector in the EU.

In order to achieve that goal, the project has several specific aims:

•    To analyse the key occupations for the food sector in the categories of high qualified workers (technicians and specialists).

•    To describe the qualifications demanded by the food companies for those occupations in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences, according to the methodology of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

•    To develop a website and a set of on-line tools for labour guidance, vocational training and promotion of the EQF in the food sector.

•    To elaborate a dissemination guide for the development of the EQF in the food sector, geared towards public administrations, social partners, training centres and companies.

•    To evaluate and spread the project outcomes among the referent entities in the sector.

The products of the project are the following:

-    National reports that describe the professional qualifications required by the labour market, the VET and high education offer and the professional qualification of each occupation in terms of knowledge, skills and competences.
-    A website that supports the development of the EQF in the food sector, including an on-line tool that allow workers to carry out a self-assessment of their own qualification, and another tool that allows the users to generate the European CV, adapted to the companies’ needs.
-    A guide for the development of the EQF in the food sector, to be spread among public administrations, social partners, training centres and companies.

In the final dissemination seminar of the Project (2011, February 24th and 25th, Dublin) all products and results are presented to the main actors and stakeholders involved in the process of development of the EQF.

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