LOASA project takes next steps towards improved employability

New intellectual outputs delivered at second transnational meeting in Spain

The partners of Erasmus+ KA2 project LOASA (Learning Outcomes in Accordance with the Skills Agenda) recently held their second transnational project meeting at CIFEA de Molina de Segura in Murcia, Spain. During this meeting the project partners took some important steps towards improved quality and relevance of skills formation, and employability.

The LOASA partners jointly reviewed the units of learning outcomes that the educational partners had written, based on the framework that was established during a 5-day seminar in the Netherlands in November last year. Now adjustments can be made where needed before the pilot will start later this year.

The project partners also set quality criteria for the ways of assessing. They agreed on assessment methodologies so the learning outcomes can be recognized by the awarding body in the student’s home country.

Last but not least, the partners connected the New Skills Agenda for Europe to the units of learning outcomes. In 2016 the European Commission adopted the New Skills Agenda to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU.

About the partners

LOASA is a partnership between the worlds of work and education that aims to bridge the skills gap in Europe by co-developing units of learning outcomes that are based on ECVET principles and align with the New Skills Agenda for Europe.

Representing the world of work (companies, branch organisations, cooperatives, etc) are:

  1. Centro Tecnológico Nacional de la Conserva y Alimentación (CTC), test and research centre in Spain,
  2. AB Kirketoft, landscaping and gardening company in Denmark,
  3. ProAgria association of agriculture and horticulture in Finland,
  4. Kauppi dairy farm in Finland,
  5. Van Senten Groenprojecten, landscaping and gardening company in the Netherlands.

The participating VET organizations, all members of the Europea network, are:

  1. Yrkesakademin – vocational vollege of Ostrobothnia in Finland,
  2. Sastamala Municipal Education and Training Consortium (SASKY) in Finland,
  3. Jordbrugets Uddannelsescenter Aarhus in Denmark,
  4. Centro Integrado de Formación y Experiencias Agrarias (CIFEA) in Spain,
  5. Wellantcollege in the Netherlands.

 Whom will benefit from LOASA?

By creating units of learning outcomes that are based on ECVET principles and align with the New Skills Agenda for Europe, the LOASA project serves three target groups:

  1. VET-students and employees on the lower and middle levels (roughly EQF levels 2, 3, and 4);
  2. Excelling students who seek additional challenge (in the context of fostering excellence on all EQF levels);
  3. Employers who need transparency of skills.

The aimed impact

Potential long term benefits of the LOASA project results include:

  1. a reduction of the skills gap on the labour market;
  2. increased employability of VET students and workers on lower and middle EQF levels;
  3. fostering excellence in vocational education and training;
  4. the exchange of knowledge between VET and industry (both sectoral and regional);
  5. a better understanding by VET students and teachers of the skills that businesses require;
  6. units of learning outcomes as a tool for human resource policy.

Additional info?

For more information, please contact
Mr. Jan Jeronimus, LOASA project manager



Royal Decree

The new EUROPEA Statutes have been finally agreed with a ROYAL DECREE from Belgium!

The long awaited formal adoption is now complete as this was the conclusive act in a two-year-long process that led to the modernisation of this basic document.

We can safely say now that what started in Baden in 2014 will come to an end in Malta in 2017! EUROPEA has become a true 21st century organisation well-prepared for future challenges.

The membership will be more transparent and the procedures clear and easy! In Malta the General Assembly can welcome Norway, Malta, Serbia, Luxembourg, Switzerland as full members, and Ireland will be on the agenda as well!

We are all very much looking forward to it!

See you in Naxxar in April!


Read our previous article on the new Statues HERE.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Elisabeth 😊 !

Räpina School of Horticulture is gathering all friends again!


It has been 4 years since Räpina School of Horticulture invited schools and kindergartens to grow tomato plants and enjoyed the fruit of red and yellow tomatoes.

This year in January, the plant growing project started to roll again. This time whole of Estonia is competing at growing peas. The project is called “Sõprusetera” (The gist of friendship). At the end of January more than 500 groups registered including one group from Latvia for the participation. More than 9500 people from all education levels are involved with the project.

The aim of the project is to get to know about a plant called Pisum sativum, how it looks, how to grow peas from seeds etc. Next objective is to prioritize Estonian varieties and plant breeding, also natural recycling and care.

During the project, all participants can attend to digital quiz, create digital diary as a blog and take part in several contests. Check some blogs out!

Gardening students of Räpina School of Horticulture will do the experiment along, create videos and give suggestions for growing peas.

The project will finish at the beginning of May.

The slogan of the project is:
“Get wise with the gist of wisdom,
get friend with the gist of friendship!”

Official announcement – Agrolympics will come again!

On 1st March 2017 the Saxon Minister of Agriculture, Thomas Schmidt, officially announced in a press conference that the 2nd European Agrolympics will be held in Burgstaedt from 28th September to 1st October 2017. After welcoming the guests and the media Gerd Alscher, headmaster of the Fachschulzentrum Freiberg-Zug, NC of EUROPEA Germany, introduced this competition by presenting facts and pictures about EUROPEA and from the first Agrolympics in Luxembourg. The Minister said that he has been very pleased about this initiative and that his Ministry decided to support this event financially. As he said the Agrolympics will fit very well in the Saxon Thanksgiving Celebration which will take place in Burgstaedt at the same weekend. In his opinion such a competition is an excellent way to show the public how interesting, attractive and varied the agricultural work is. He expressed his hope that young people will get more interested in learning an agricultural profession after seeing the different teams competing in these challenging “Olympic” games. Thomas Schmidt agreed in taking over the patronage of the 2nd Agrolympics and said that he will be very happy to welcome the teams from all over Europe on 29th September and to open the games. He added that he is sure that all participants will go back home with a very good impression of the host country Saxony and the people living here.

In the discussion following the statements Gerd Alscher explained the media representatives that the Agrolympics will be prepared by students of his college, supported by another agricultural school. Many partners were already found, first of all the Rider´s association “St. George” Burgstaedt which offered its territory and riding hall for the competition. Gerd Alscher is optimistic that the 2nd Agrolympics are going to be very successful.

Gerd Alcher


CAP: Have your say!

Just great! The EU commission has started a consultation process on modernising and simplifying the common agricultural policy (CAP)!

Everybody is welcome to fill in this QUESTIONNAIRE and express their opinion. It is available in all EU languages and is open to all EU citizens.

So why don’t you have your say today?!

Open till 2 May 2017.

Read more on the topic HERE.

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Elisabeth 🙂

Photos: Zoltán Covic