Current Projects

PaintingSkillsAcademy (Sector Skills Alliances)

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The Sector Skills Alliance PaintingSkillsAcademy aims to help improve the employability of young people and to contribute to the development of a skilled, highly qualified and mobile workforce for the European labor market by establishing a structure for initial and further VET for the European painting trade that is supported by key stakeholders in the sector and will be supervised by a panel of experts of the umbrella organization UNIEP. PaintingSkillsAcademy shall serve as best practice model for transfer to other sectors of the European crafts and will increase the attractiveness of VET. The project consortium will describe quality standards and units of learning outcomes for the painting trade at levels 1-6 of the EQF. Based on these standards, curricula will be developed that include an adequate share of work-based learning, digital and green skills as well as cross-border mobility. In order to ensure the recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment mechanisms are established.

On the basis of the standards and curricula, concrete training provisions are formulated and transnational joint programs are developed in which learners can complete training periods at various European learning locations.

WIAB will be responsible for quality management and assurance and will contribute its experience and know-how to support the successful development and implementation of the project results.

ECVET Skills Platform (Erasmus+)

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The project aims to develop a platform through which vocational education systems and the labour market, especially the SMEs, communicate interactively, while one side voting for/valuing the skills they need and the other side, the vocational system, answers by updating the current curriculum. The training content developed on skills analysis and mapping through the ECVET Skills Platform is considered to serve the quality of VET systems.

Target group of the project is vocational education and training institutions, teachers/trainers in VET, SMEs, employers, decision makers, non-governmental organizations and trainees. It aims at creating a channel among the members of the target group to keep them updated about the needs and requirements of the firms and the provided trainings at educational institutions. The first step will be to identify qualifications of CNC Machining according to EQF level 4. Ideas and expectations from firms and individuals in decision-making positions in the labour market will be gathered and a list of the necessary skills required will be established. Then, with ECVET Skills platform that will be installed on the internet, a ranking of importance will be listed. Following this, the training curriculum in vocational high schools for CNC Machining will be renewed and/or developed in order to ensure the most needed top ten skills. Trainers will be trained on the platform and will be informed about how they should implement their education. The web portal will be accessible by all stakeholders.

WIAB is responsible for output 1 based on its experience with developing competence matrices and describing national and European qualifications. WIAB will also be responsible for the quality management concept and the quality assurance of project results.

Update of the “Lexicon of Occupations” of the Austrian Public Employment Service: Adding occupations with short and special (vocational) education or training and updating occupations from VET schools and colleges

WIAB is updating the occupational information for approx. 200 vocations from VET schools and colleges. A focus will be on the following professional fields:

The following information will be reviewed and revised: job description, job requirements, employment opportunities, career prospects, education, further training, advancement and self-employment.

Besides this, several occupations with short and/or special (vocational) education or training will be added and maintenance work will be done for several occupations.

Lexicon of Occupations of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS-Berufslexikon)

Consulting, Quality Management-Support and Studies for Certified Professional

With the aim to contribute to the development of the Certified Professional Certificate, WIAB supported Climate-KIC with developing a routine within the quality management and a quality management system based on ISO. WIAB also provided several studies in the field of European vocational profile and standard descriptions, the recognition of competences and certification of informally acquired skills in Europe. A Benchmark Study gave an overview of personal skills certification in the field of transition, innovation and entrepreneurship in five European countries (Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Hungary). Furthermore, the soft skills listed in 250 job advertisements and in a selection of candidates’ proof documents have been analyzed to determine which competences from the Certified Professional Competency Frameworks are frequently used in job advertisements, e.g. in the form of soft skills, and in the proof documents of Certified Professional candidates.

Certified Professional Project Information

AMS (Austrian Public Employment Service) Study: Offerings for Companies by European Public Employment Services to confront Skill Shortage – A Comparison of European Good Practices

The aim of this study is on the one hand to analyse and compare the situation in different countries as well as measures of national Public Employment Services (PES) in order to meet the demand of skilled labour in companies, on the other hand the analysis of individual good practice examples to fulfil the demand of skilled labour. Within a basic research phase, ten European countries (BE, CHE, DE, DK, FI, FR, NL, LUX, SE, SI) will be analysed concerning measures, projects and initiatives by PES in the field of skill shortage. Based on the results, four countries will be selected for a detailed analysis (CHE, DE, DK, SE) and national good practice examples will be presented. Finally, conclusions and recommendations for possible further developments in Austria are derived.
The methods applied in this project will mainly focus on desktop research and qualitative interviews. The project will be completed in autumn 2019.

AMS (Austrian Public Employment Service) Study: Good Practice Examples of Professional Training within a Company in Selected European Countries

The study focuses on analysing good practice examples of professional trainings in selected European countries, which are established as labour market policy instruments by national Public Employment Services (PES). Explicitly excluded are practical trainings in the context of vocational schools or academic programmes, as well as internships in the sense of trainee programs within companies. The focus is on on-the-job and company-based implementation of the measures and on the fact that companies are either involved from the very beginning of the programme or that a rapid transition to a company – for example from a training provider – is the aim.
After analysing and comparing measures and initiatives within active labour market policies cross-country, good practice examples will be selected to derive conclusions and recommendations for possible further developments in Austria. A basic research will be done for measures and programmes by national PES in the field of professional trainings in ten European countries (BE, CHE, DE, DK, FI, FR, NL, LUX, SE, SI); then five countries will be selected for an in-depth analysis (BE, CHE, DE, NL, SI) and good practice examples from these countries will be presented. Finally, recommendations and conclusions for future developments in Austria will be provided.
The methods applied in this project will mainly focus on desktop research and qualitative interviews. The project will be completed in autumn 2019.

Update of the AMS Occupational Information System: Supplementing Short Competence Phrases within the AMS Competence Catalogue

P WIAB supplemented selected verb-substantive-combinations within the Occupational Information System and in particular the AMS Competence Catalogue. So far, the sectors “Cross-sectoral Competences”, “Construction and Timber”, “Economy and Law” have been revised and the sectors "Cleaning" and "Tourism" are currently being updated. In addition, in these fields of the competence classification, the current structure of the competence terms and their relations were reviewed, supplemented and adjusted. Furthermore, the allocation of competences to occupations was reviewed. Work rules concerning the phrasing of verb-substantive-combinations and composita were formulated and a verb catalogue ns was created. Both are continuously updated.

Occupational Information System by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS-BIS)

Update of the AMS Occupational Information System: New structure and additional content for more detailed further education information of BIS vocational profiles

The Occupational Information System by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS-BIS) currently provides a brief information about education possibilities as well as brief information in the field of further educations for each occupational subgroup. Based on the results of the previous project “Future Further Education”, this information will be supplemented by more detailed information concerning further education. Therefore, 176 occupational subgroups of the BIS, which also include a teaching profession will be revised accordingly.

Occupational Information System by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS-BIS)

Occupational Information System by the Austrian Public Employment Service: Consulting and Participation in the Editorial Meetings

WIAB consults the Austrian Public Employment Service concerning the further development of online contents for the Occupational Information System (AMS-BIS) and related occupational and competence classifications as well as BIS vocational profiles. WIAB participates in the monthly editorial meetings and contributes in particular its expertise in the field of taxonomy development and maintenance, the development of occupational standards and competence descriptions as well as online information in the field of labour market and education.

Occupational Information System by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS-BIS)

ChemTube (Erasmus+/KA2 2018-2020)

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The Erasmus+ Project ChemTube (2018-1-NO01-KA202-038885) aims to improve the quality of education through the use of videos in conjunction with ECVET-oriented learning outcomes within the chemical and pharmaceutical field. In addition, implicit knowledge will be integrated in the documentation of personal skills and abilities and workplace-based learning is supported. WIAB provides a study on workplace-based learning in the participating countries (CZ, DE, IT, SK, NO) and supports this project with quality management and an accompanying project evaluation. The project runs from autumn 2018 to spring 2021.


ChemTube Project Information

European Green Mastery (Sector Skills Alliances)

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The Sector Skills Alliance Green Mastery (601226-EPP-1-2018-1-NO-EPPKA2-SSA – Green Mastery) aims to improve the transparency of qualifications in the green sector (in particular for occupations in the field of floristry, gardening and landscaping) and develops qualification matrices for levels 1-6 of the EQF. Based on the developed matrices, courses are piloted to teach the appropriate skills and competences. Besides other aspects, attention is paid to the recognition and visualisation of non-formally and informally acquired skills and competences.
WIAB is responsible for work-packages 9 (evaluation) and 10 (quality management) and supports the other work packages with its expertise in the field of occupational standards, recognition and non-formal and informal learning as well as the development of qualification matrices and training courses.
The project runs from January 2019 to December 2021 and is coordinated by NTI-MMM (NO). Beside Austria and Norway, the following countries are involved: Belgium, Germany, Estonia, France, the Netherlands and Spain.


European Green Mastery Project Information

European childminders training to support inclusion of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ChildIN)

This Sector Skills Alliance Project aims to provide a specific educational training for childminders for children with special needs, with a focus on autism spectrum disorders. The relevance of the project results, among other things, from the increasingly frequent diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) of children. Within this project, educational modules on how to cope with children with an ASD diagnose in a domestic context are to be developed and provided. On one hand, the educational modules are to be used as an additional module for available curriculums in Europe, on the other hand they are to be used as an independent module to enable a professional education for non-formal or informal educated childminders. In this project, WIAB is responsible for the quality management of the learning outcomes descriptions and for ensuring the compatibility of the developed competence framework with existing European occupational standards and transparency instruments (e.g. ESCO, EQF, ECVET).


Completed Projects

Update of the “Lexicon of Occupations” of the Austrian Public Employment Service: Updating occupational descriptions for semi-skilled occupations and occupations with short and special (vocational) education or training

In 2018, WIAB updated the occupational information for semi-skilled occupations and occupations with short and special (vocational) education and training within the AMS Lexicon of Occupations (AMS-Berufslexikon). In concrete, the following information have been reviewed and revised: job descriptions, job requirements, employment opportunities, career prospects and education.

Lexicon of Occupations of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS-Berufslexikon)

AMS (Austrian Public Employment Service) Study: Recognition of Competences of Low-qualified Persons (Austrian Public Employment Service)

Within the framework of a comparative study, this project aims to answer the question whether the recognition of non-formally and informally acquired competences of low-qualified persons can improve their labour market situation, which is often characterised by high fluctuations, low payments, little possibilities for further education and so on. First, an overview of general conditions (laws, actors, institutions, methods, etc.) in selected European countries – Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Swiss and Austria – were compared. Second, good practice examples of selected countries, which mainly focus on low-skilled persons were identified and presented. Based on the results and the experiences from different countries, recommendations for possible improvements in Austria were derived.

Ziegler, Müller-Riedlhuber (2018): Recognising Non-formally and Informally Acquired Skills and Competences. Good Practice Examples for the Recognition of Competences of Low-qualified Persons in Selected European Countries. (German) (PDF)

AMS (Austrian Public Employment Service) Study: Digital Skills and Labour Market Oriented Qualification Measures. Comparing European Good Practices and Drawing Conclusions for Austria

This comparative study examined current approaches and projects for teaching digital skills in labour market-oriented qualification measures. It analysed in which areas, for which target groups of qualification measures and how digital competences are being taught. This analysis mainly focused on offers for low-skilled people. The study examined Germany, Estonia, Ireland and Switzerland, all of which have launched initiatives in recent years. Also included in the study were the digital skills of the adult educators, i.e. how they acquire and further develop their own digital skills. Measures, projects and initiatives of labour market-oriented qualification measures focusing on digitisation and digital skills were analysed across countries and good practices were selected in order to draw conclusions and recommendations for possible further developments in Austria.

Ziegler, Müller-Riedlhuber (2018): Digital Skills and Labour Market Oriented Qualification Measures. Comparing European Good Practices and Drawing Conclusions for Austria. (German) (PDF)

IAEA – Consulting in the Field of Guidelines for Taxonomies

Within the framework of this project, WIAB participated in several expert workshops. Furthermore, consulting services in the area of guideline development for taxonomies were provided for the International Atomic Energy Agency. The project has been finished in spring 2019.

Online Survey on Authoritarianism, History and Democratic Dispositions among Students in Austria

During the winter semester 2017/18, in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary History of the University of Vienna an online survey has been carried out among students in Austria on the subjects of globalisation, authoritarianism, history and democratic dispositions. The results of the survey were evaluated in differentiated ways according to gender-specific aspects, fields of study and by comparison with the results of the online survey from the year 2011. It was analysed how the attitudes of students have changed and how they differentiate with regard to the general population.

Survey on Authoritarianism, History and Democratic Dispositions among Students in Austria. (German) (PDF)

How to Deal with Skill Shortages? Study on Good Practice Examples from Selected European Countries

Skill shortages and strategies how to deal with this topic are being discussed in several European countries for quite some time. Especially Germany is developing various policies and using subsidies to close the skill gap, and also Switzerland is implementing several initiatives. Sweden and the UK are as well rather active in the field of forecasting and prognosis and are annually releasing shortage occupations lists – similar to the “Mangelberufsliste” in Austria – that should help attract talent from abroad.

Within this study commissioned by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS Österreich) the situation in different European countries (CH, GE, SE, UK) and strategies how to meet skill shortages are being presented and compared. Good practice examples how to deal with skill gaps – on regional, national and international (e.g. OECD, Cedefop or ILO) level – are also being analysed. Besides stakeholders, policies, methods and tools dealing with skill shortages and the presentation of results, e.g. online information platforms, will be examined as well. Based on the results of the country reports prospects and recommendations for Austria are derived.

Relevance of Basic Skills and Competences in VET Colleges: Tourism, Retail and Technology

Research project on behalf of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS Österreich) about the relevance of basic skills and competences within VET colleges in Austria, focusing on tourism, retail, and technology.

The study analyses:

Besides basic skills and competences – literacy, numeracy, ICT and computer literacy as well as communication and verbal skills – this project will also focus on the relevance of obtaining social and personal skills and and how to support the acquisition of those skills in VET colleges. Expert interviews are being conducted in order to find out what teachers, headmasters and experts think about the acquisition of basic skills and competences as well as social and personal skills within VET colleges in Austria; finally, the results are being compared with the projects “Relevance of basic skills and competences in VET schools” and “Relevance of basic skills and competences in apprenticeships”.

Zur berufskundlichen Darstellung und Diskussion von arbeitsmarktrelevanten Grundkompetenzen im BHS-Bereich: Handel, Tourismus, Technik. WIAB. (PDF)

Benchmark Study “Rollout Scenarios for the Certified Professional Certificates in Selected European Countries”

In the process of the transition to a green economy Climate-KIC intends to assess and certify the generic competencies of professionals (at postgraduate level) who are capable of contributing significantly to the transition to a low-carbon society, green innovation and entrepreneurship. Climate KIC and the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) will launch the Certified Professional certificates in autumn 2017. The certification process is based on comprehensive competence frameworks in the field of transition, innovation and entrepreneurship. The Certified Professional certification process addresses experts and project managers who have an academic education and have already gained several years of practical experience in the environmental field.

WIAB carries out a Benchmark study to collect information on relevant European initiatives, the validation system, stakeholders, laws and certification projects in selected European countries (FI, FR, GE, ES, HU). Expert interviews are being conducted and the input of Climate-KIC partners is collected in order to collect good practice examples and to define a roadmap for the rollout of the Certified Professional certificates at national and European level.

Erasmus+ project TRACK (TRAining and recognition of informal Carers sKills)

TRACK intends to support informal carers of people with dementia (e.g. private carers) by developing a blended learning training program that allows them to train and certify acquired competences in the field of care. During the projects trainings are offered in France, Spain, and Germany; assessment methods will be developed for the competences acquired during the courses. It aims to certify the care competences acquired and to engage in the certificate's recognition at a European level. Together with the France-based project leader Iperia, WIAB will be responsible for the development of a roadmap for the certification of care competences at a European level. Additionally, WIAB will take over the quality assurance of the project. The certification of care competences of informal carers will help to improve the chances of these people to enter or reenter the labour market, after having been forced to quit their jobs in order to care for dementia patients.

Brief information about the project "FokusInfo 103", German (PDF)

Feasibility Study and Excecutive Summary (English)

TRACK project meeting in Vienna, March 2017: photo of the project team

Relevance of Basic Skills and Competences in VET Schools

Research project on behalf of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS Österreich) about the relevance of obtaining basic competences and skills within VET schools in Austria, focusing on tourism, retail, and technology. The study analyzes, if basic skills and competences are part of curricula of VET schools and competence modells, and how they are described; how basic skills and competences are being taught in VET schools, and which basic skills and competences are especially needed. Besides this, expert interviews are conducted in order to find out what experts and teachers think about how basic skills and competences are obtained within VET schools in Austria and to compare the results with the project “Relevance of basic skills and competences in apprenticeships”.

AMSInfo Basic Skills in VET Schools (PDF)

Skillstube Study: Zur Vermittlung arbeitsmarktrelevanter Grundkompetenzen in ausgewählten BMS-Bereichen: Tourismus, Handel, Technik (German) (PDF)

AMS info 363/364:
Zur Vermittlung arbeitsmarktrelevanter Grundkompetenzen in ausgewählten BMS-Bereichen: Tourismus, Handel, Technik (German) (PDF)

Skillstube

The Skillstube project (2014-1-NO01-KA200-00439) is focusing on competence documentation via videos to capture tacit knowledge; tacit knowledge which cannot be correctly described and documented through verbal articulation or written descriptions. A possibility to document such competences and skills is through video recordings of practical performance. The Skillstube project aims at developing a system to collect and store an individual learner’s performance through video clips that are directly related to clearly identified qualifications and learning outcomes. Besides this, videos documenting tacit knowledge in the fields of craft and welding will be produced.

Brief information about the project "FokusInfo 72" (PDF)

Labour Market-Oriented Analysis of PIAAC Data on Literacy and Informal Learning

Research project on behalf of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS Österreich). Analysis of PIAAC (Programms for the Assessment of Adult Competencies) data regarding literacy, informal learning and learning strategies in Austria, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US. The aim of the project is a comparative data analysis of the results of the PIAAC survey in Austria, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US, focusing on literacy as well as selected variables on informal learning and learning strategies.

Study: Arbeitsmarktorientierte PIAAC-Datenanalyse zu Literacy und Lernstrategien (PDF)

Lifelong Guidance and Labour Market Integration — Analysis of Good Practice Examples for People of Older Working Age (50+) in Selected European Countries

The study looks at good-practice examples with regard to lifelong guidance in selected European countries (Austria, Germany, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom/Scotland), and compares the different policies and projects with the situation in Austria. The study focuses on offers provided by Public Employment Services (PES) in order to detect recommendable approaches of other PES and to compare them with Austrian policies. Besides the experiences and know-how of PES, good-practice examples and innovative projects dealing with lifelong guidance and active ageing are analyzed – with the ultimate goal of drawing recommendations for the Austrian labour market.

Study: "Lifelong Guidance und Arbeitsmarktintegration.
Eine Analyse von Good Practice Beispielen für ältere Personen (50+) in ausgewählten europäischen Ländern" (PDF)

Summary of the study "AMS FokusInfo 95" (PDF)

Interview with Raimo Vourinen: "FokusInfo 100" (PDF)

Study on Profession "Cultural Manager"

The post-graduate course of cultural management will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016. Therefore, a study about the profession “cultural manager” on developments and changes of the occupational profile and future prospects is being conducted.

The aim of the study is to find out more about the development of the occupational profile “cultural manager” in Austria and to acquire how cultural managers are being perceived today, which skills and competences they need for their occupational routine and how they estimate future developments in the field of cultural management.

Contracting authority: Institute of Cultural Management and Cultural Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Study "Berufsbild KulturmanagerIn. Chancen und Risiken" (PDF)

Summary of the study: "AMS info 345/346" (PDF)

Relevance of Basic Skills and Competences in Apprenticeships

Research project on behalf of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS Österreich) about the relevance of obtaining basic competences and skills within apprenticeships in Austria, focusing on tourism, retail, and trade. The study analyzed, if basic skills and competences are part of vocational training regulations and curricula of vocational schools, and how they are described; how basic skills and competences are being taught in vocational schools and companies, and which basic skills and competences are especially needed in tourism, retail, and trade. Besides this, expert interviews were conducted in order to find out what experts think about how basic skills and competences are obtained within the dual system in Austria.

Study "Zur Relevanz der Vermittlung von Grundkompetenzen in der Lehre" (PDF)

Summary of the study "AMS Info 324/325" (PDF)

ICT skills and active labour market policies.
Initiatives and good practice examples for supporting low and medium skilled persons following the PIAAC survey:
Austria in an international comparison

Analysis of PIAAC data regarding problem-solving in a technology-rich environment in Austria, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK (England & Northern Ireland). Research project on behalf of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS Österreich), in cooperation with KMU Forschung Österreich.

The aim of the project is a comparative data analysis of the results of the PIAAC survey in Austria, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK (England & Northern Ireland), focusing on problem-solving in a technology-rich environment. Information on problem-solving in such an environment, and selected variables on ICT use are analyzed and presented. The comparative analysis is then used for developing research questions for expert interviews conducted by KMU Forschung Österreich in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

AMS Report 117:
"IKT-Kompetenzen im Fokus der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik. Initiativen und Good Practices für Niedrig- und Mittelqualifizierte vor dem Hintergrund von PIAAC:
Österreich im internationalen Vergleich" (PDF)

Executive Summary of the study: "AMS info 341" (PDF)

Short Summary of the study: "FokusInfo 107" (PDF)

Research and editing of information on Austrian apprenticeships for the Occupational Information System (BIS) of the Austrian Labour Market Service

The Occupational Information System (BIS) of the Austrian Labour Market Service (AMS) will offer on its website - in addition to other occupational information - detailed information for all Austrian apprenticeship professions. The project aims at providing important information for each apprenticeship in a short, clear, and youth-friendly language. WIAB was responsible for the selection and the presentation of relevant target-oriented content, for research of additional information in training regulation documents, and for the description of main tasks, employment opportunities, professional competences, etc. that have been published in the apprenticeship information section of the BIS.

Occupational Information System (BIS) — apprenticeships

Consultancy for ECVision

ECVision , a project funded by the European Commission, aims at developing a European System of Comparability and Validation of Supervisory Competences. Two main products will be developed:

In a last step these instruments will be used to initialize a Europe wide comparability of VET for supervision. This aim will also be reached by referring learning outcomes to learning units and ECVET, and by creating a correspondence table between academic and non-academic VET for supervision. Concurrently several instruments for disseminating, testing and using the products in VET and personnel development are being developed.

Consultancy for the Adult Education Centres Austria (VHS Österreich)

Support in the development of learning outcome- and skills-based job descriptions and role descriptions within the Adult Education Centres Austria.