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Assignment for the workshop ”Forward to learning outcome-based competencies”

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Assignment for the workshop ”Forward to learning outcome-based competencies”

The assignment is to make a story, an essay about a typical day in the working life of a person working at level 3. The person is working in the sector/branch of your specialty. Write a story as vivid as possible. In the story you portray the environment en the decisions the employee encounters. The reader can imagine what the person does, thinks and what kind of dilemma’s he encounters. The length of the story is about 1 A4.
It is the challenge to search for the characteristics of an employee at level 3 despite the differences between the branches like forestry, landscaping etc. according to EQF level 3 competences. The description of level 3 can be found in the attached document about learning outcomes.
This method is called “Critical Incident Methodology”. Read more about it on

  • take a couple of minutes and imagine that you yourself are working at a firm/enterprise/organisation at level 3. Close your eyes and imagine what you see, who do you meet, what kind of work, assignments do you get, what is your responsibility, etc.?

  • make a mind map before you write the essay (take this essay with you to Tallinn)

Questions/suggestions for example:

  1. describe the working environment
    colleagues, clients, in/outside, equipment, …

  2. what are typical tasks?
    role, time span, procedures, complexity

  3. what are typical activities you’ll see? Which decisions are made?
    skills, self-reliance, , ambiguities,

  4. what is the result? How is this measured?

Just make a story and answer these questions at random.


Peter the horticulture worker.

I have in mind a person who works on a horticulture farm in the Netherlands. His name is Peter de Groot. The company Peter works for grows trees for gardening, garden centers and the landscaping branch.

Peter is 21 years old and works in Boskoop on a small farm with a large variety of small trees and shrubs. The owner sells trees to trade businesses, auctions them and does some direct supply to landscapers in the neighborhood.

Peter is graduated on level three of EQF at an agricultural college and intends to develop himself by doing all kinds of courses and traineeships related to his profession. The initiative to develop himself is initiated also by his girlfriend who encourages him to start his own horticulture farm in the future.
Peter knows about the situation of the horticultural farms in the Netherlands, he understands what the situation in Boskoop is. Small farms, like the one he works for, can only survive by supplying the best quality and he knows what a good tree of his farm should look like. The farm is part of a big chain in the horticultural branch, there are many like them in the Netherlands. He understands why they grow these particular trees and shrubs in Boskoop while other species come from the South of the country. It is a matter of the right soil. Although, nowadays with pot cultures, you can grow anything anywhere, he knows it is a changing world!
He can handle all the different trees and shrubs they grow. His boss is the manager and runs the farm. Peter is more than the person who does the every-day-jobs. He recognizes all trees and shrubs they grow, by their (Latin)names, he knows most varieties and does all year-round activities without being told. … He likes his job.
Peter is always on time. He starts at 7.00 o’clock in the morning. His boss does not need to check. Peter knows what the manager expects from him, even if he is not around. This day, Peter knows that he has to get 125 shrubs, named Magnolia Soulangeana of a deliverable quality ready for delivering. They have to be delivered before noon. He knows which tools and package materials he needs, and the selection of the shrubs on the farm is no problem for him. On the farm are two Polish workers, they only work during the season. Peter works with one of them, his name is Bisheck. Bisheck is forty years old and hardly has any skills or knowledge in working on a horticultural farm. Talking to this man is not so easy . Peter speaks some English and a few words of German so he can handle. He knows how to make things clear to Bisheck, showing things, pointing and using his hands. The day before the manager told Peter what he was supposed to do this morning while he would be working in the office in the shed on the administration. He also told Bisheck that he had to work with Peter. Peter has to keep an eye on him.

While working, Peter finds worms in the roots of some shrubs. He puts the shrubs apart. Peter tells Bisheck that he has to show these worms to the manager and discuss with him how to handle this. They will see each other at the coffee break so it makes no sense to walk all the way to the shed to ask him. His manager agreed with Peter’s diagnoses about the worms, later they will come back to this subject.

By the time the job is almost finished Peter finds out that there are only 108 shrubs of the quality available. He has to ask his manager how they will solve this problem.

He tells Bisheck to bring the shrubs to the shed while he takes care of the tools and materials. He looks also after the waste etceteras. More trees have to be delivered in the same trip and as Peter will deliver these orders, he will look after efficient loading of the truck. He knows a little of the trade business but not enough to manage the sales department of the farm. He knows which papers have to be filled in and also how to handle the delivery coupons of the trade business their company is delivering to. Peter is a good craftsman he knows how to handle in this level!

André Huigens

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