Craft and SMEs VET NET is a European project dedicated to building the first Community of Practice (CoP) focused on C-VET. The project objective is to create a space where a common European view about C-Vet can be developed together. A bottom-up process that involves all the possible interested members: C-VET providers, professional trainees, institutions at regional, national, and European levels. To know more about the project please check our → website!
A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as “a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis.” The three distinct elements that comprise a CoP are a community that enables interaction (such as discussions, collaborative activities, and relationship building); a shared domain of interest (such as such C-VET for adult learners); and a shared practice of experiences, stories, tools, and ways of addressing recurring problems. This approach enables C-VET professionals to grow and mature while focusing on efforts to share knowledge and solve problems.
Although not formally termed “Communities of Practice,” CoPs exist across disciplines and in many domains of your personal and professional world. You may already be a member of a CoP through a professional affiliation, by geographical community ties, or in an educational endeavour. Your level of involvement in a community is up to you; you may be an occasional participant in some and a leader or core member in others.
The benefits of belonging to the Craft and SMEs VET NET Community for you and your organization can be summarized in 4 key points: