The CODRIVE Project is part of the Leonardo Da Vinci Community Vocational Training Action Programme and aims at delivering the start of a competency driven vocational education by using a state-of-the-art ontology methodology & infrastructure in order to develop a conceptual, systemic, agreed upon & formal knowledge representation of two specific vocational competency domains and of two Public Employment Services organisations. The CODRIVE “Vocational Competency Ontology” will be used to build interoperable competency models.
The European employment market is characterised by a paradoxical situation in the sense that a huge number of candidates do not find a job whereas companies on their turn do not find the right people for their vacancies. It is also characterised by a huge number of players, which adds to the lack of transparency.
CODRIVE® aims at gathering some employment and training players around a shared competences language, which will make the capture and the exchange of information easier and more efficient in an organisational and physical European network of interoperable information.
CODRIVE has two test environments for its activities: the Dutch bakery sector and the Dutch technical installation sector. CODRIVE is introducing its concepts in existing Giunti learn eXact e-learning projects, permitting the transformation of traditional e-learning systems into competency-driven learning systems.
The competency-based matching system addresses serious challenges like the lack of common shared language and communication tools among employment and training players.
The potential of the CODRIVE consortium is articulated around the construction of a competencies ontology that acts as the central pivot materializing the links between the different types of information met in the fields of employment and training: CVs from candidates, vacancies from employers, and training offers from vocational training providers.
The CODRIVE Consortium is developing a collaborative development methodology and tools for making competencies the ‘common currency of the labour market’. In order to get a grip on the transfer of meaning of competencies between education, industry and employment services, CODRIVE formulates a common competency language, a context model and evidence distillation as the semantic bridges between these domains. The collaborative development system lowers the cost and speeds up the development time for the competency and context model, which are today typically expert driven, and therefore slow in the making and expensive to generate.