Project “AAVA – A Clear Route to a Profession” runs for the “European Funding for Excellence” Awards

Project “AAVA – A Clear Route to a Profession” run by the City of Turku Education Division has been selected as one of the nominees for the “European Funding for Excellence” Awards in one of the subcategories.

The awards highlight best practice and recognise excellence in Vocational Education and Training (VET) all over Europe. The Awards will be given by The European Commission during the Closing Event of the European Vocational Skills Week in Vienna on 9th November 2018.

For each award, the general public will be invited to choose their preferred candidate from the two nominees selected by the jury. Vote and have your voice heard! The ballot will close on 7 November 2018.

“AAVA – A Clear Route to a Profession” was a project running from 2015 to 2018 to develop a model for offering a selection of open vocational studies across regional borders. It resulted in the Open vocational studies online service (, which groups together the open studies offered by several vocational schools on one electronic platform. To guarantee access for everyone regardless of place of residence or school enrollment, the studies are provided as e-learning modules to be completed either independently or under supervision by a teacher. The service links the studies to the electronic qualification requirements for vocational qualifications. When students complete a module, they receive a certificate that can be used in the identification and recognition of prior learning when studying for a vocational qualification.

The service was developed in cooperation with educational institutions and experts in guidance services. The creation, development and testing of the service and open studies involved over 2,000 students and NEETs. The participating institutions have signed an agreement to keep maintaining and developing the service in the future.

The project met the need of VET providers to promote individual study paths and alternative means of learning. The service also provides young people and adults outside formal education a way to acquire the skills they need in vocational training and working life.

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