LearnWithClay learning partnership

Learning abroad with ECVET Earth Building

Mit ECVET Lehmbau  im Ausland lernen

Learning Partnership LearnWithClay – a project of the Lifelong Learing Programme
Lernpartnerschaft Lern.Lehm – Ein Projekt im Programm für Lebenslanges Lernen

Lebenslanges Lernen




Since 2002, more than 30 organisations form 8 european countries (BG, CZ, DE, FR, GR, PL, SK, UK) have been working for the introduction of earth into the vocational training and higher education in Europe. Until 2006, the partners have been focusing on training and on elaboration of teaching materials. Since 2007, several of them have set up a first ECVET system, defining with units of learning outcomes for clay plaster.

1. A first Leonardo pilot project allowed sharing of existing teaching materials and methods, leading to the development of a common teaching toolbox for clay plaster . This CD is actually available in the following languages : DE, FR, EN, BG, PL, GR, SK, CZ, SL. For more information see http://lernpunktlehm.de/wp3/?page_id=2262. Translation into Finnish, Swedish and Estonian and Italian language planned.

2. From 2007, 12 organisations have worked towards the certification of these new teaching materials. An earth building ECVET has been developed and published, in the form of a 3 parts pdf . It includes 6 units on clay plasters, for EQF levels 1 to 4. As a result of this project, a memorandum of understanding (LearnWithClay) has been signed by 14 partners from 7 countries.

The manual exists for the moment in DE, FR, EN, BG. Translation is planned into PL, SK, CZ, IT.
Since 2009, more than 100 ECVET certificates have been delivered for clay plaster units.

3. As a new step, a partnership project (2010-2012) has allowed deepening the assessment methods and development of a new part to the manual: A guide for assessment organisers, for download see http://lernpunktlehm.de/wpll/?page_id=90.

Parallely to these 3 main projects, several mobility projects allowed exchange of trainees and trainers all across Europe, and transfer of innovation project allowed dissemination and translation of the results.

The current partnership project

Reference number : 2010-1-DE2-LEO04-04702
Project dates: 2010-2012
Programme: LEONARDO Partnership
Title of the project:LearnWithClay Partnership
Coordinating organisation:FAL-e.V.


Aims : getting familiar with and sharing experience in assessment of the ECVET Clay plaster units.
Method: During the meetings the partners participate in an exam organised by the host partner, as observer, assessor or as assessed trainee.
Planned outcomes:
(1) revised version of the LearnWithClay manual in FR, DE and EN
(2) introduction to the ECVET Clay plaster in czech and slovak language

This partnership is for all an important step for implementation and use of the first ECVET units and for the new partners the opportunity to understand and use ECVET.
9 of the 10 project partners signed the memorandum of understanding created in the Lernpunkt Lehm Project, and are allowed to deliver the ECVET certificates for clay plaster.

Project work

The Partnership Project LearnWithClay in years 2010 – 2012 tested and evaluated the tools for ECVET Earth Building, focused on clay plaster, developed by the previous Leonardo Innovation Transfer Project and introduced it into two other countries: CZ and SK. The tools such as handbook with instructions, specified learning outcomes and criteria to help assess them were tried out and thus tested and evaluated within this project at ECVET exams run by the partners. Tests have been performed in 5 countries (DE, FR, UK, CZ, SK) and in different learning environments and for different target groups (trainees in initial training, trainees in continuous training and in adult education.)


In the previous project LearnWithClay transfer of innovation 2007-2009 the common rules and level of quality was set for ECVET for clay plastering on the basis of EQF and memorandum of understanding to implement ECVET was signed by the partners from 4 countries: DE, FR, BG, UK. The partners agreed to run courses to make evaluations, to accept the certificates awarded by other

Partners of the projects

GERMANY: FAL e.V., BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. (BFF), Berufliches Schulzentrum
Leipziger Land (BSZLL), Lehmbaukontor Berlin Brandenburg e.V. (LBK), Knobelsdorff-
Schule Oberstufenzentrum Bautechnik I Berlin,
FRANCE: AsTerre Association nationale des professionnels de la terre crue, Centre de formation Batipole en Limouxin,
UK: Straw Works,
CZECH REP.: Sdružení hlineného stavitelství, o.s. (SHS),
SLOVAKIA: Občianske združenie HOBLINA t.c.

Silent partners:
SLOVAKIA: Architektúra pre trvalo usržateľný rozvoj – ArTUR
GERMANY: Technische Universität Dresden, Fakultät,  Erziehungs-wissenschaften, Institut für berufliche Fachrichtungen, Handwerkskammer Schwerin
Berufsbildungs – und Technologie-zentrum
FRANCE: Association de formation professionnelle pour adultes (AFPA Toulouse),
UK: ConstructionSkills, Strawbuild

LearnWithClay partnership project gave an opportunity for partners from France, Czech republic and Slovakia to understand, experience and apply the ECVET for clay plastering based on EQF, which was previously developed by the partners from Germany, France and UK. This partnership provided mutual support on how to integrate ECVET into courses, tests and programs and enabled to try assessment tools created in the previous project and improve them.

Successful meetings of the partnership

One of the most important features of the meetings was the possibility to observe ECVET exams organized by partners, which helped partners to set comparable level of courses and ECVET exams. These ECVET exams were followed by feedback and evaluation by organizer and observing partners, which resulted into addendum to the handbook.
Moreover, the partnership enabled the trainees of the partners to take exams abroad, with satisfactory results and good experience.

Partners’ internal evaluation of the project showed overall satisfaction with content of meetings, practicing ECVET exams, number of meetings and excursions. Partners usually agreed on the content of the meeting, set the goals and expectations of it and then divided into working groups to work efficiently during the meeting.

Meeting in Germany
Germany, Berlin DE, Haus der Demokratie, October 25th – 27th  2010
Organizer: FAL e.V., BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. (BFF)

Meeting in France
France, Training center Batipole, Limoux, December 15th – 19th 2010
Organizer: Centre de formation Batipole en Limouxin,

Meeting in France
France, University of Toulouse and training center EEAM in Albi, March 30th – April 5th 2010
Organizer: AsTerre Association nationale des professionnels de la terre crue

Meeting in UK
England, Todmorden, April 25th – 30th 2011
Organizer: Strawworks

Meeting in Czech Republic
Czech Republic, Hostim, June 17th – 19th 2011
Organizer: Sdruzení hlineného stavitelství, o.s.
Meeting in Slovakia
Slovakia, Kvačany, September 1st – 5th 2011
Organizer: Hoblina t.c, ArTUR (silent partner), SK

Meeting in Germany
Germany, Wangelin, September 25th – October 2nd 2011
Organizer: FAL e.V.

Meeting in Slovakia
Slovakia, Senec, November 17th – 21st 2011
Organizer: Hoblina, ArTUR (silent partner) SK

Meeting in Germany
Germany, Groitzsch, February 8th – 13th 2012
Organizer: vocational school, BSZ Leipziger Land in Böhlen

Meeting in France
France, Villefontaine, Les Grands Ateliers, 29 may- 1 june 2012
organizer : AsTerre

Meeting in Germany
Germany, Berlin, Knobelsdorff-Schule, June 6th – 9th 2012
Organizer: Knobelsdorff-Schule Oberstufen-zentrum Bautechnik I Berlin

Meeting in Czech Republic
Czech Republic, Brno, 5th July 2012
Organizer: Sdružení hlineného stavitelství, o.s.

Meeting in Germany
Germany, Wangelin, 20th July 2012
Organizer: FAL e.V.

Meeting in Czech Republic
Czech Republic, Hostim, 28th July 2012
Organizer: Sdružení hlineného stavitelství, o.s.


Apart from better networking and increased quality of training and examination and its comparability thanks to ECVET there are product results of the project such as: Addendum to the existing ECVET Earth building handbook, with additional part with good practice in ECVET training and ECVET exams. Introduction to ECVET system was written in languages of the partners from Slovak and Czech Republics. Result of the project is also in gaining the experience and implementation of ECVET into training. Trainers and assessors of the project partners from involved countries took advantage of intense exchange and could give support to each other, as how to best teach
and assess by using the instruments worked out for the ECVET clay plaster training and exams.
Partners from Czech Republic, Slovakia and France gained experience applying ECVET for clay plastering in training and assessing and in return offered ECVET certificates at their own training centers.

1. ECVET Earth building Handbook
Part IV – A guide for assessment organisers
Addendum 2012
available at http://lernpunktlehm.de/wpll/?page_id=90

2. Introduction into ECVET Earth Building in Czech language – Brozura ECVET hotova
for download

3. Introduction into ECVET Earth Building in Slovak language – ECVET SK
for download

4. Qustion pool for exams
This pool is only available for members of the LearnWithClay Partnership.

Other additional result which proved to be important during the project is a common database which was started, but its form and functioning will be improved in other project or by other means. There was also need to find a way to advertise ECVET courses and exams on the website of the project, so a unified form was created in all partner languages.
As a result of the project the Memorandum of understanding to implement ECVET was amended twice to include Czech, Slovak, new French and also an Italian partner.

Perspectives for the future

The results obtained for clay plasters have been encouraging for all European partners involved. Moreover, the shared knowledge and understanding of the vocational training and certification systems represents an excellent base to go further.
Therefore, a project proposal with partners of previous and ongoing projects, as well as several new partners from Spain and Portugal, has been submitted to the EACEA (Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency) in Brussels, for a Leonardo Development of Innovation project. The priority which has been set is to develop the ECVET system to the load-bearing earth building techniques: Monolithic (rammed earth and cob) and masonry (compressed blocs and adobe).

read more at http://www.europeansharedtreasure.eu/detail.php?id_project_base=2010-1-DE2-LEO04-04702

Summary of the project for download

Read more at the partners’ webpages:

Summary in Czech language see http://www.hlina.info/media/partnerstviLeonardo/ZPRAVAFOTODOKUMENTACE.pdf
Summary in Slovak language seehttp://www.ozartur.sk/page30/page0/page23/assets/ECVET%20web.pdf
Summary in English language see http://strawworks.co.uk/?page_id=99