invet - Informal Vocational Education of Travellers (English version)
"INVET" stands for "Informal Vocational Education of Travellers". Our goal: young showmen can observe their outside of the formal education system, in family businesses acquired professional skills, via the Dutch EVC method.
Continuous Training is difficult for those who are constantly travelling. This Situation is typical for Young showmen, not only regarding General education but also vocational Training. According to a Resolution of the Council of Europe their Training Situation across the EU is considered to be very poor. European education Systems are designed for residents. Yound showmen are early integrated into their Family Business. Their professional Training is based on the principle of "learning by doing". But even in the fairground Business technical and Commercial know-how will determine whether an Enterprise is successful or not. Thus, national authorities, health departments, trade associations or Festival organizers often ask for qualifications or certificates for running fairground rides and Shops that the showmen are not able to present.
The starting Point of the INVET Project (nformal Vocational Education of Travellers) are the so called "BeKoSch" courses.("BeKoSch" - Developing Vocational Skills for Occupational Travellers) specifically aimed at Young showmen at the vocational college in Herne/GER. However, Young showmen obtain informal an non-formal vocational qualifications when they are working in the Family Business.
In Germany there is no Tradition for assessing and recognizing such informal skills. In the Netherlads, however, a vocational training program for showmen does not exist yet. But here the EVC method (Erkenning Verworven Competenties) for Validation of informally acquired professional skills has been successfully used for a Long time, although the EVC method has not been used for the Training of young showmen so far.
[This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein)