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1 Lifelong learning programme Launching meeting of new projects An instrument to promote trust and mobility all through Europe ECVET Lifelong learning programme Launching meeting of new projects Michel Aribaud - European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5 European Commission, DG EAC – Unit A3

2 2008/04/01 The European cooperation in VET: tools in the fields of Qualification and mobility 22 Single framework for transparency of qualifications and competences, EUROPASS European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET Credit system for VET (ECVET) Common principles for validation of non-formal and informal learning Strengthening policies, systems and practices for lifelong guidance – Council recommendation European Qualifications Framework Directive on recognition of qualifications Single framework for transparency of qualifications and competences, EUROPASS European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET Credit system for VET (ECVET) Common principles for validation of non-formal and informal learning Strengthening policies, systems and practices for lifelong guidance – Council recommendation European Qualifications Framework Directive on recognition of qualifications

3 2008/04/01 ECVET: a challenge from several point of view Political (Copenhague, Maastricht, Helsinki, Bordeaux …) Technical (Qualifications, units, mobility, learning outcomes, ECVET points …) Cultural (mutual trust, openess …) European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

4 2008/04/01 ECVET is: Dedicated to individuals, in a borderless and lifelong learning perspective Based on learning outcomes (knowledge, skills, competence) achieved in all learning contexts (Formal, Non F, Informal) Centred on qualifications Fully coherent with the European Qualification Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF – Recommendation of the EP and the Council – April 2008) Focused on all kinds of Mobility: Geographical From one learning context to another From one qualification system/framework to another Different but comparable, compatible and complementary with ECTS used in the higher education sector European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

5 2008/04/01 Learning context B Learning context A Transcript of record Validation of L.O. Recognition of L.O. Accumulation of L.O. Assessment of L.O. Credit for L.O. European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5 Non formal Formal

6 2008/04/01 Context A Qualification The learning outcomes gained are accumulated and are now an integrated part of his qualification Context A Qualification The learning outcomes gained are accumulated and are now an integrated part of his qualification Qualification context (A) European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

7 2008/04/01 Achieving ECVET: the learning outcomes transfer and accumulation cycle In the learning/qualification context A, In the learning/qualification context B, An individual achieves knowledge skills and competence (learning outcomes) The individuals learning outcomes are assessed Learning outcomes are recognised and accumulated as a part of the intended qualification and corresponding points are included Crédits are awarded (units and associated points). These credits are registered in an… Learning outcomes (units/credits) are transferred and validated Individual transcript of record 77

8 2008/04/01 ECVET Functions and VET qualifications, VET provision systems and mobility Context/country AContext/country B Design functions Implementation functions Design of qualifications Design of formal or non formal training programmes/curricula Design of assessment/validation process and procedures Carrying out of the formal or NF programme Assessment of learning outcomes Validation of learning outcomes Recognition/certification of learning outcomes Design of qualifications Design of formal or non formal training programmes Design of assessment/validation process and procedures Carrying out of the formal or NF programme Assessment of learning outcomes Validation of learning outcomes Recognition/certification of learning outcomes ECVET ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??

9 2008/04/01 The ECVET package (see annexes 1 and 2 to the recommendation) DOC+XML+V0//FR DOC+XML+V0// Concepts and glossary (prealable): units of learning outcomes, validation of L.O…. Description of qualifications in units of learning outcomes (main) Transfer Process (assessment, validation, recognition and accumulation of learning outcomes) and partnerships (essential) ECVET points allocated to qualifications and to units (additional) European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

10 2008/04/01 ECVET Voluntary implementation Respect of the Member States rules and legislation Respect of the Member States qualification and VET systems regulations (centralised, decentralised …) Respect of the Member States priorities for the implementation of ECVET Flexibility and adaptability Progressive and step by step development A basis for further cooperation in the field of mobility Testing on the ground and bottom up approach for improving the system European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

11 2008/04/01 Recommendation to be adopted by the Council and the EP - Member States are recommended to: Promote ECVET Adopt measures by 2012 for progressively applying ECVET on the basis of results of tests and experimentations Implement ECVET from 2012 Support the development of partnerships and networks involving VET stakeholders, social partners and sectors Ensure access to information and guidance Ensure that concerned qualifications and related Europass documents contain explicit information on the use of ECVET Promote and apply the principles for Quality assurance Insure that mechanisms of coordination and monitoring are operational Promote ECVET Adopt measures by 2012 for progressively applying ECVET on the basis of results of tests and experimentations Implement ECVET from 2012 Support the development of partnerships and networks involving VET stakeholders, social partners and sectors Ensure access to information and guidance Ensure that concerned qualifications and related Europass documents contain explicit information on the use of ECVET Promote and apply the principles for Quality assurance Insure that mechanisms of coordination and monitoring are operational European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

12 2008/04/01 - The Commissions intention Support Member States in the implementation by facilitating testing, cooperation, mutual learning and promotion Develop complementary tools, mainly an ECVET users guide Develop an expertise for reinforcing the compatibility and complementarity between ECVET and ECTS Establish an ECVET users group and an ECVET network Monitor the action Report to the EP and the Council, 5 years after adoption; possible review of the Recommendation. Support Member States in the implementation by facilitating testing, cooperation, mutual learning and promotion Develop complementary tools, mainly an ECVET users guide Develop an expertise for reinforcing the compatibility and complementarity between ECVET and ECTS Establish an ECVET users group and an ECVET network Monitor the action Report to the EP and the Council, 5 years after adoption; possible review of the Recommendation. European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

13 2008/04/01 ECVET: updated roadmap November 2008: Political agreement by the Council 18 December: vote by EP (Strasbourg) May 2009: formal adoption by the EP and the Council 20 May 2009: political launching conference in Prague (promoters of the ECVET projects invited) November 2009: technical launching conference in Brussels (partners of the ECVET projects invited) European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

14 2008/04/01 ECVET: main accompanying measures Experimentations: call for proposals launched in May call for tender Complementary tools: ECVET users guide, templates (learning agreement, MoU…), Europass… Follow up: European ECVET users group Survey: studies and « veille » (Cedefop) Promotion, development and mutual learning: ECVET network European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

15 2008/04/01 The ECVET projects are intended: To enable the concrete experimentation of the ECVET technical specifications To contribute to the establishment of lasting operational partnerships based on full mutual trust (MoU; learning agreements) To join an active pool of projects European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

16 2008/04/01 The ECVET projects will work hand in hand: the coordination process ECVET projects applicants agree to take part in the work common to all proposals: –Work closely with the Agency, the European Commission and with the contractor responsible for following up proposals –Regulaly forward or furnish information on progress and work done during the project and contribute to the compilation of a European compendium on ECVET practices –Play an active part in: Thematic workshops (5 to 6 for 2 years projects and 8 for 3 years projects ) A European conference on ECVET Call for tender EACEA/2008/02: testing and development of the European Credit system for VET (GHK Consulting selected) European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

17 2008/04/01 The ECVET projects will work hand in hand: the coordination tools ECVET projects monitoring (visits, interviews …) Collection of information Quartely Bulletins (description of projects, events, users point of view, thematic sections, update on developements at EU and national levels, key contacts, links …) Projects EU website: whats new in ECVET world? ECVET 1,5 day Seminar workshops (2009: April-Brussels, 2-3 July-Paris, October-Berlin; 2010: March, June, December; 2011: June, December) ECVET 2 days conference European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5

18 2008/04/01 Good luck European Commission, DG EAC – Unit B5 Good work


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