Outputs :

Phase 1 : Description of the tutoring function in small & medium sized construction companies: analysis of national systems

Phase 2 : Analysis of the perception of the tutoring function in the partner countries

Phase 3 : Reference frame for activities & competencies of the company tutors in the construction sector in Europe

Phase 4 : Tools permitting to accompany the company tutors in their function as trainers: general description



Phase 1 : Description of the tutoring function in small & medium sized construction companies: analysis of national systems

This phase of the project has permitted to make comparisons among the partner countries as far as the real situation of the tutoring in the small & medium sized construction companies was concerned. At the same time, specific aspects of each national system were detected.
The accomplished work can also be considered as continuation and an improvement of some previous European projects about the tutorship, like Perfect, Texte, Redac-Eurotuteur, or studies carried out by the FIEC & the EFBWW.
Country by country monographs, being part of phase 1,describe the company tutorship and the environment placed in their national contexts in France, Belgium (Walloon area), Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland & Sweden.


Phase 2 : Analysis of the perception of the tutoring function in the partner countries

A survey has been carried out about the current perception of the tutoring function. A representative sample of company owners, tutors, trainers & apprentices coming from 8 countries concerned has been questioned. This phase has permitted to understand how the company tutorship is seen and how to improve it.
This analysis has contributed to identify and to precise the needs of the company tutors and how to accompany them.
Moreover, the survey has clarified the current collaboration between training centres & construction companies in partner countries. In parallel, new ideas have been expressed in order to improve the quality of the vocational training.
An analysis of perceptions of the tutorship country by country is included within the report phase 2: France, Belgium (Walloon area), Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland & Sweden..


Phase 3 : Reference frame for activities & competencies of the company tutors in the construction sector in Europe

The outputs of Phase 3: the professional profile & the reference frame for activities & competencies of the company tutors built up a landmark permitting to give more precise national descriptions of the tutoring function in each concerned country and, furthermore, to set up national accompanying strategies.
During this phase, a better recognition of the tutoring function, as well as its continuing improvement were principal concerns.
The approach is based on successful experiences, including outputs of the Cominter project. The reference frame, approved by all the partners, will be contributing to a better understanding of the tutorshipin the construction companies.


Phase 4 : Tools permitting to accompany the company tutors in their function as trainers: general description

A European strategy of accompanying tutors in small & medium sized construction companies has been defined in Phase 4. The partners put forward a new system, simple and adjustable to national contexts.
In that way, a structured and permanent strategy of accompanying has been set up. It includes methods, steps and tools which aim to promote and make tutoring easier.
The proposed steps & tools are diversified and can vary according to the specific needs & aims of each partner. In this context, methods of the tutorship promotion have been worked out. Moreover, advice on how to build up a virtual resources centre, how to conceive training programmes for tutors, how to assess apprentices or how to proceed to a self evaluation as a company tutor was given.

Specific tools

The partners propose different approaches to be implemented or invaluable tools that are as pragmatic as possible, enabling each to build his own support strategy for tutors in small and medium-sized construction companies according to their context. At national, regional or local level, the operational action plan and practical measures must take into account different traditions, constraints and development prospects within the construction sector that are inherent to each environment and to each territory concerned.