EUROMASC is a consultancy with experience and competence from long time cooperation with national and international organisations within vocational education and training (VET). EUROMASC is tracing its origins back to 1995 and operates as a 2008 spinoff from the Norwegian operation of the EU programme Leonardo da Vinci at the National Institute of Technology.
The main field of operation is the implementation of Learning Outcome based instruments for qualification definition and description. Recognition of prior learning (RPL/VNIL) with validation and accreditation of skills and competences, career guidance and certification are supported with Skillsbank. This facilitates transparency and permeability between different strands of education and training and supports lifelong learning in general. Skillsbank includes the implementation and facilitation of transnational instruments like EQF, EQAVET with ECVET-principles, ESCO and Europass.
The main areas and instruments of EUROMASC involvement are:
- The European Qualifications Framework – EQF
- The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training – ECVET
- The European Quality Assurance for Vocational Education and Training – EQAVET
- Europass for transparency and transnational mobility in VET
- LeoPass/MultiPass for monitoring and management of EU education and training projects
- Rap4Leo for reporting on transnational placements and exchanges under the European mobility actions
- Skillsbank for aggregation and storage of learning outcomes supporting individualised career paths towards formalised qualifications, diplomas and certificates with multilingual options
- YOMTOOL as web based integration of tools and instruments covering the mobility life cycle supporting the EU 2020 flagship initiative Youth on the Move
- Skillstube for video recordings of individual skills performance linked to ECVET descriptions to cover tacit knowledge and best practice
- Facilitation of Micro-credentials with assessments corresponding to qualification requirements defined as Units of Learning Outcomes in Skillsbank
These are examples of areas with EUROMASC involvement targeting research and development initiatives, competences and support activities.
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Our team consist of experts from a variety of fields. All have extensive experience with European projects. Etc.
Rolf Aslaksrud Kristiansen
holds a Dr. Scient./PhD in Education and applied science. He has worked as associate professor at University of Oslo within the fields of teacher training, research on media and teaching aids and on special education and ICT. He served as secretary, and later as vice president, of EASE, the European Association of Special Education.
He has commercial background from IBM as a marketing manager and he was also rector of the Norwegian College for Information Technology. He has supported OsloMet University (previously Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences) as associate professor / project coordinator, primarily responsible for EU projects. He has been a board member of a several Norwegian companies.
Of direct VET relevance he has served as member of the board of Norway’s Green Technical College- Vea during 2007-2019, and of the Faculty of Education board at OsloMet University 2011-2015. As chairman of the board since 1998, and later on as operational director, of Masters of Crafts Norway (Mesterbrev), the National organisation for certification of masters of skilled crafts, he has a long operational experience within VET and the corresponding validation and accreditation of skills and competences. As from 2008 he continued the cooperation with Mesterbrev through EUROMASC as contracted consultant on international relations.
From 1996 until 2007, he was director of the National Agency Leonardo da Vinci Norway hosted by the National Institute of Technology. As from 2008 being responsible for EUROMASC – European Masters of Skilled Crafts. Working in an international setting, he promoted transfer of technology and competences from research and development fields to the enterprises. Within this context he initiated the development of systems and services for multilateral monitoring and management of Leonardo projects. The Rap4Leo mobility reporting was operated for the European Commission 2004-2012 and, in parallel, MultiPass for Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) national agencies in cooperation with NTI-MMM. He has worked as contracted consultant with the European Commission’s ECVET-Team with responsibilities in the promotion and implementation of ECVET principles and Learning Outcome approaches in education and training.
Working languages: Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish, German and with working comprehension of French.
Leif Erik Erikssøn
From 1982 until 2006 he was employed as an ICT Manager by the National Institute of Technology, the Norwegian operator of the Leonardo da Vinci programme. In addition to the ICT duties, he was also working on the implementation and development of the databases and websites for LeoPass, MultiPass and the Linking Up mobility programme.
From 2004 he has been responsible for providing help desk service and general support for Rap4Leo for all the European agencies and for the European Commission (34 agencies and 24 language versions). The service has involved the provision of updated versions of the documentation for the system and drawing up specifications for new functions and adaptations to the LLP programme for the Commission.
He is now serving as Head of Operations of NTI-MMM being responsible for the operation of Skillsbank and for the development and implementation of spin-offs to the system, YOMTOOL and Skillstube as well as with running projects. He is consulting with EUROMASC in relevant projects.
Working languages: Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish and with working comprehension of German.
holds an MSc in Business, Economics and Society of Contemporary China, a BA in Politics, and is finishing his Master in Law
Pietro now works as a Project Manager for EUROMASC. His current portfolio includes MOMDIG and LOST2, where he is responsible for EUROMASC’s contributions. He has also coordinated the work on the Italian-led MASP project and the ESVP project. In addition to this, Pietro assists EUROMASC with the management of projects, recently the EGREEN, the Painting Skills Academy, STEMSOFT, ARtemis, BeWell and ACE-EX as well as the development of new project ideas and other activities related to the project portfolio. His work includes development of qualification matrices, creation of MOOCs and other training material, plurilingual translation work, social media content creation, and website design.
Working languages: Norwegian, Italian, English, Danish, Swedish, some understanding of Spanish and with fragmented comprehension of Chinese.
Sarah Abel holds a BA (2018) and MA (2020) in political science from the University of Oslo. Her thesis “How do you like me now? Cognitive dissonance and adaptive attitude change in the post-election period” is a study of polarization in the United States. As part of her bachelor’s degree, she spent a semester at King’s College London. Sarah joined EUROMASC and NTIM in 2019, where she supported the team on various running European projects including specific desk study research. She worked at EUROMASC for six months before moving to Florence, Italy. There she worked as a research assistant at the European University Institute (EUI). In 2023 she returned to EUROMASC and NTIM as a project manager.
Working languages: Norwegian, English, Danish, Swedish and with working comprehension of Italian.
Skillstools – Our project database
Skillstools is a platform where all of the projects that EUROMASC and NTI-MMM are involved in can be found. This includes both current and finalised projects. All of the project results are available here, together with the list of partners and our contributions.