Project summary Professional Development Courses for Engineering Management and Leadership Skills
The wider objective of the project is to improve Macedonian engineering manager’s performance through improvement of their management and leadership skills. The target group consists of engineering managers, engineer’s entrepreneurs or engineers who wish to become managers, from Macedonia and the neighboring countries with similar context. The professional development courses for management and leadership skills will improve their competences, linked to their professional profiles, increase opportunities for professional development, and will increase the motivation and satisfaction in their daily work.
The major aim of the project is to jointly develop and implement professional development courses for engineering management and leadership skills, which will address European standards for management and leadership, as well as be built on rigorous research evidence and principles of adult education. The professional development courses for management and leadership skills will be modular and practice-oriented, and will overcome skills mismatches and increase management and leadership competencies of engineers working on managerial positions in Macedonia, and in the region prospectively. The second aim of the project is to develop learning environment, online courses, webinars, which will offer flexibility and will be adapted according to learning preferences of adult. The project is also oriented towards training of adult trainers, on relevant topics in adult education.
Successful realization of the project activities will provide integrated professional development courses for management and leadership skills to be developed, implemented and evaluated. These courses will be tailored made according to the assessed needs and expectations of engineering managers in Macedonia and the region, as well as analysis and benchmarking of the management and leadership standards in Europe and adult training courses in this field. Also, specially designed learning environment will meet the needs of the adult learners, providing flexibility and innovative approaches of delivery of these courses. All professional development courses for engineering management and leadership skills will be taught using contemporary training methods, such as problem based learning, game based learning, case study method, etc. Professional development courses will be organized using blended learning concept – a combination of traditional and e-learning concepts. All course materials and activities will be available to adult learners through a distance learning system. The excellent quality of training, learning and examining methods, utilizing the possibility of new media, significantly contributes to high quality learning opportunities.
The professional development courses will be developed based on EU wide transparency and recognitions tools, the European Qualification Framework and in line with EU policy in the field of adult learning. In order to ensure the quality and recognition, the professional development courses for engineering and leadership skills will be accredited by an international and reputable accreditation association. Certification of the courses will enhance the sustainability of the project and offer opportunity new adult learners from Macedonia and the region to take the courses and improve their work performance by improving their management and leadership skills. Project results and lessons learned will be disseminated using several media: web portal, internet, social media, engineering networks, publications, events, open days, conferences, etc.