BEST Institute for vocational training and personal training GmbH


UP-skills transparency for qualifications and future skills for the hotel and tourism industry


Europe faces the challenge to fight rising levels of unemployment. A considerable number of young people leave school too early and adults are often only equipped with low skills, which increases the risk of unemployment even further. The Europe 2020 strategy foresees to foster a high-employment economy, whilst ensuring sustainable growth with a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy. To address this issue and at the same time to counteract for fighting a prognosed shortage of skilled staff, particularly in the tourism sector, appropriate actions need to be implemented. In addition, the recognition and validation of formal, non-formal and informal acquired skills and competences play a central role on the path of lifelong learning and career development.


Aims and Target Groups

UP-skills aims at designing a new ECVET curriculum and self-assessment tool on basic skills to increase employability within the tourism sector, by equipping VET providers and developing the skills of early drop-outs and low qualified adult. Tourism stakeholders will be actively involved to guarantee the practical relevance, applicability and acknowledgment.


Partners and Outcomes

A consortium of five partners from Turkey, Latvia, Spain, Italy and Austria, with extensive experience, will provide the Analysis report on key skills for the tourism sector, as well as the following project intellectual outputs:

  • Matrix with key skills to guarantee transparency
  • Model for the attribution of ECVET credits, with the key knowledge, skills and competences
  • Training Material on key skills and competencies for the tourism sector as well as on new skills for the sustainable operation of hotels
  • Self-Assessment Tool to embrace the skills and competences applicable to the tourism sector, acquired previously via non-formal and informal learning
  • Online Platform, an Open Education Resource
EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships addressing more than one field
Coordination: Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi Turizm ve Otelcilik Meslek Yüksek Okulu (Turkey)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: September 2014 – August 2017

This project (n°2014-1-TR01-KA200-013280) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.