MATCHSI features a collaborative approach and methodology.

The project endeavours to be the missing link between traditional forms of transnational mobility experiences and ECVET structured motilities. It proposes the development of solutions that will hopefully ease the process of building units of learning outcomes by securing simple and time effective gathering of relevant information.

MATCHSI will work with public and private institutions and providers, both sending and hosting organisations to build durable partnerships with businesses. It is this dimension that should allow the stakeholders to tailor each placement to the needs and expectations of each trainee and to the specific professional context in which the trainee wishes to work in upon completion of the placement.

A key theme in ensuring the success of transnational placements is thorough and structured preparation. This should include a process of self-assessment prior to departure, based on a comprehensive inventory of vocational, technical, linguistic and social skills. Only in this way can a transnational mobility project be aligned to individual requirements and thereby achieve the maximum benefit. This should be linked with the identification of needs/skills to acquire during the placement to achieve the desired degree of professional development, be it in the context of a transition to further study or training or towards the employment market. The project will promote and highlight techniques and resources for the matching, transfer and use of skills built into transnational work-based mobility projects.

The innovation in MATCHSI will come from how we look and use existing information, in addition to the mix of contributions to the exchanges of good practice between experienced project partners. The materials we will produce can then be adapted and used by the different stakeholders across the European Union and in particular by small & medium sized hosting companies.

In line with the priorities of the European Union and the impetus of life-long learning, the MATCHSI project aims to contribute to:

  • increasing the impact of transnational work placements, leading to added value on a trainee’s CV and thereby improving employability by helping to develop the skills required by businesses.

  • It is hoped that this in turn will contribute to improving the quality of the labour force and helping to promote economic development within the European Union. 

  • facilitate stronger partnerships between the educational and business sectors by increasing the involvement and ownership of host companies in the work-based learning process.