The project WACOM (WAter COmpetences Model Transfer) transfers the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and the German Reference Model for the Competence Modelling PAS 1093 into the German and European Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the water sector. Through this transfer, a Reference Model for the Competence Modelling will be introduced in the water sector for the first time: That enables the identification of the VET needs by employees and learner, of required competences and qualifications at specific working places as well as of the improvement of transparency and comparability of VET opportunities and products.

As an example, the transfer and the pilot-testing of a competence model will be realised in the field of management of sewage treatment plants for that a particular high demand as well as country-specific heterogeneity were identified. Thus the WACOM project combines experts for competence modelling and for the water sector as well as providers and users of VET opportunities and products on the topic management of sewage treatment plants: They all together will establish the innovative instrument "WACOM" and finally disseminate and exploit it through their different networks and influence opportunities into the national VET systems. The WACOM instrument will define within the water sector the needed competences and qualifications for the different tasks, working places and (groups of) employees for the first time: By this, the VET opportunities and products can be related and mapped to those competences and qualifications for the management of sewage treatment plants. In addition, the competence and qualification model offers the basis for the individual identification of missing competences and qualifications, i.e. of clearly limited VET needs.

WACOM will also support the European comparability and recognition of vocational training through the combination with credit points (ECVET) and in consequence the mobility. Next to numerous dissemination activities WACOM looks in particular for the input into the national VET systems and for launching a European Norm initiative as contribution to the European standardisation (CEN). Furthermore the transfer into other sectors and all European countries is planned and guaranteed by the strong focus on pilot-testing, optimization, dissemination, exploitation and sustainable strategies (also for the time after project ending).

  • Project type:
    European Research Consortium Project (Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission)
  • Project partners:
    UDE - Coordinator; German Association for Water, Waste Water and Waste (DWA); Agro-Know Technologies, Greece; Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece; Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Romania; Regional Training Centre for the Local Public Administration, Romania; VITUKI Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Centre, Hungary
  • Project duration:
    10.2009 - 09.2011
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  • Project leader and contact person:
    Christian M. Stracke
  • Funding:
    European Commission
  • Project budget:
    380,000 Euro