EwasteR Pilot Training – October 2016 Update

Calling all LCRN members with a WEEE workshop

You’ve heard us talk about the EU funded project: EwasteR in previous issues. We are now at the stage where we are calling upon you to participate. But first, a quick reminder about EwasteR.     The goal of the EwasteR Project is to develop and establish a new high-quality training course in E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management  in Europe.     EwasteR is all about developing a new professional qualification using EU criteria for E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management professionals and you can help by being part of the pilot training process.

The goal of the pilot training is to test the training contents of the occupational profile defined as the E-Waste Reuse and Recycling Specialist in order to be integrated to the NQF/RQF at Country level.  It leads to an identified and defined qualification as an “E-Waste Reuse and Recycling Specialist” .

The Pilot training pathway for developing and testing the new professional qualification is free of charge. Even better, LCRN will pay out remuneration to participating groups of up to £3000 to contribute towards the workshop costs if 4 learners are taken on and they complete the 50 hours.  In total across participating re-use projects, we need to select 20 learners.  Please let us know if your organisation wants to participate.  We’ll be contacting you soon in any case to encourage you to take some placements. We will work with you in the selection process.



Ultimately the project plans to implement an innovative Vocational and Educational Training model for the reuse, recycling and recovery of WEEE  equipment.  It will help with building  partnerships of public, private and non-government sectors and the generation of employment and training opportunities for young-adults, unemployed along with the development of a sustainable VET and business process.

Learners  require training to improve  employability opportunities, maintain levels of competence and respond to labour market trends. The EwasteR project covers this gap by developing a common professional qualification  in line with the directions of the EU policy. The outcome is a VET Curriculum (4 EQF Level) for E-Waste Reuse and Recycling Specialist. 

The Curriculum is structured in accordance with the EQAVET criteria and following the EU references for EQF and ECVET, to  facilitate the recognition and certification of the respective learning outcomes.



A good starting point for assessing candidates is to gauge the level of prior knowledge, understanding , previous training, experience and motivation.  that candidates bring at the start of the Pilot.  We will carry out informal interviews and ask for a CV.

  • Young-adult Unemployed in the sector
  • People with High Technical Diploma; Higher national diploma (HND) for further education in e-waste recycling and reuse management; Vocational Qualification in the sector; Post Secondary Certificate
  • Two/three years of experience in the sector
  • Aspiring Entreprepreneurs in the sector having experienced or studied business aspects
  • People working in the sector to upskill, retrain or reorientation.



50 hours of “job shadowing”

Job shadowing is where a learner has the opportunity to work alongside and gain experience of the role of another worker, and gain an insight into that particular work area.  With the EwasteR Project, we use this method in the PILOT activities to allow learners to develop vocational and technical skills gaining experience in a practical way from technicians  within their organisation. Through the network of organisations working in the E-Waste recycling and re-use sector, learners will experiment a job-shadowing session: learning by seeing, seeing by doing. Learners will be closely observing and interacting with experienced workers as they undertake their usual work. It should be a typical representation of what the host worker does on a daily basis. Through this strategy, the Project aims to promote training and employability of learners by sharing good practices in training, supporting and mentoring.

Benefits of job shadowing

Through the shadowing activities, learners and hosting organisations can develop their goals and learn from each other as explained in the table below.

For the Host For the Learner
Network with colleagues from different areas Understand how firms/companies/enterprises work
Share your experience with others Learn from the experiences of workers/technicians/operators
Learn from your learner/guest The opportunity to discuss your role and its needs and priorities with others
The opportunity to view and reflect on your own area of work supported by the “fresh eyed” view of the learner/guest Understand why things work the way they do
Develop your coaching/mentoring skills The opportunity to set up a network of stakeholders for new employability chances



In pilot training, this kind of monitoring is important, because the aim of the Pilot course is to improve learning capabilities and develop teaching  methods, not to grade the participants. The trainer can help them learn more quickly and more completely by providing them with constructive criticism during the course. The trainer can also use the feedback from evaluations to adjust the content and methods of the training to better meet participants’ needs.

At the end of the course, trainers should collect data on how well the learners achieved the course objectives and how satisfied they were with the training experience and its quality. The final data and results of monitoring process will be analysed  to contribute to the development of the quality and assurance system envisaged d by the project through definition of the project Monitoring Reports.



To find out more about getting involved in EwasteR there is a full version of this item giving more detail which can be sent on request to info@lcrn.org.uk.   For a phone conversation about EwasteR you can contact Richard Featherstone, the LCRN representative on this project, on 07557 819 483.

EwasteR team, October 2016

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