INTERPRETING OUR EUROPEAN HERITAGE: ECVET for transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualification in European Tourism Sector.


Tourism is a key sector of EU economy: more than 10% of GDP and 12% of labour force. 

Lisbon Treaty acknowledges importance of tourism outlining a specific EU competence, and following its 2010 communication on tourism, Commission has developed a rolling implementation plan to be implemented with national/regional/local public and private key actors. In the perspective of Tourism Skills and Competences Framework envisaged by Commission, interventions are needed for supporting training, to improve professional skills of tourism workers, namely for adaptation to new technologies and customer expectations, and to encourage mobility, also applying EQF, Europass, ECVET.

VET systems for tourism professions show a large range of profiles and figures, often not clearly defined in terms of learning outcomes and also frequently regulated, in terms of access to training/qualification opportunities, limiting mobility among territorial VET systems, within a VET system, outside formal learning. 

This is also the situation for tourism professionals operating in “heritage interpretation” (EU cultural and natural heritage is a focus of 2010 communication on tourism), which is a key tool to develop qualified tourism projects and products involving EU cultural and natural heritage, for actors like tourism guides, incoming tour operators, site managers, museum managers, visitor managers and many other professionals.

Thus, project partners (VET providers, enterprises and non- profit associations operating in the field of tourism, and also public institutions with legislative competence on tourism and VET at national and regional level), agree that an intervention to put in transparency and recognise learning outcomes characterising the “heritage interpreter" professions, applying and implementing the European tools and frameworks EQF and ECVET, will have a very significant impact.
  • Final meeting- Belgium On 16 and 17 September took place the last meeting of the project. The partners finished the last details of the project and figured out how to continue and implement ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2015, 7:25 AM by Interpreting Heritage
  • EU Conference on the 17th of September – Brussels The “New European common qualifications of Heritage Interpretation in tourism sector” conference is organized by Diesis coop and supported by EARTH (the European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality) on ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2015, 1:36 AM by Interpreting Heritage
  • SAVE THE DATE: National Infoday- Berlin, 25 June On 25 June will be held the sixth national infoday and focus group of the European project “Interpreting our European Heritage”. The event will consist in a presentation of the ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2015, 4:45 AM by Interpreting Heritage
  • On 25 and 26 June will take place in Berlin (Germany) the seventh consortium meeting of our project: “INTERPRETING OUR EUROPEAN HERITAGE" On 25 and 26 June will take place in Berlin (Germany) the seventh consortium meeting of our project: “INTERPRETING OUR EUROPEAN HERITAGE". The work will be based on the WP6 ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2015, 4:50 AM by Interpreting Heritage
  • Interpret Europe conference 2015: Sensitive heritage - sensitive interpretation. Interpret Europe, associated partner of our project, will hold in Poland from 6 to 9 June 2015 their annual conference under the theme “Sensitive heritage- sensitive interpretation”. During the 2015 ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 1:10 AM by Interpreting Heritage
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