BRIDGES will develop and test a new and innovative system that makes vocational education and training (VET) more accessible to company staffs in the aquaculture industry and others who want a job in the industry. This applies to education in relation to national qualifications, further education and shorter courses as part of, for example, in-company training. VET providers will be more responsive in terms of delivering training based on continuous needs and orders from the aquaculture industry.
The proposed system solutions offer transparency of skills and qualifications in such a way that VET schools in partnership with regional/local farms may offer adapted training solutions to their aquaculture VET students. In addition, fish farming companies will apply the transparency of skills to develop a new learning culture at the cages that is based up on developing mentoring support during group work and individualized learning at the farms.
The proposed system solution proposes a new method and service to investigate and recognize those students that have obtained aquaculture skills and qualifications, but is challenged by educational difficulties and/or disabilities linked to early school leaving. This is of particular interest when preparing for the theoretical education, leading to an exam that is part of the National Qualifications (NQs) in Norway. In addition, it will let VET schools offer better adapted training and fish farms to don`t encourage their staff to start on theoretical courses before they have obtained a minimum of experience, to be documented by the project.