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1 ECVET principles ECVET and European policy context
ECVET and European initiatives and tools ECVET Recommendation

2 European policy context

3 Policy context Europe 2020 strategy
Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Tormod

4 Skills policy and lifelong learning
Education policy Labour marked policy Trade and Industry Environ-mental policy International trends and processes Other policy areas Healthcare and welfare policy

5 Policy context Europe 2020 strategy
Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (”ET 2020”) Significant progress being made: in support of national reforms of lifelong learning; the modernisation of higher education; the development of common European instruments promoting quality, transparency and mobility; Strategic objectives: Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality; Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training Tormod

6 Where do we come from? 2005: European Reference tools: EQF, ECVET, EQAVET Emphasis on collaboration between EU member states, as a basis for mobility and LLL 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 Copenhagen Maastricht Helsinki Bordeaux Brugge 2008: EQF Recommendation Tormod 2009: ECVET/ EQAVET Recommendation EU2020: ET 2020 Youth on the Move New skills for jobs

7 Policy context Bruges Communiqué
7 DECEMBER 2010 The Bruges Communiqué on enhanced European Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training for the period I. NEW IMPETUS FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN EUROPE Quality and excellence Tormod III. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES FOR THE PERIOD , FOLLOWED BY SHORT-TERM DELIVERABLES 4. Developing a strategic approach to the internationalisation of I-VET and C-VET and promoting international mobility

8 New Skills for New Jobs Anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs
The link between EU Strategy for Growth and Jobs and an updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training to support Member States in raising skills levels through lifelong learning. The updated strategic framework for cooperation in education and training can stimulate innovative partnerships between education and training providers and social and economic actors, to promote more flexible and demand-led systems. The implementation of the European Qualifications Framework should increase the transparency of qualifications and facilitate access to further learning. The Copenhagen process on cooperation in VET will include a new priority to improve the links with the labour market; The New Skills for New Jobs initiative stresses the need for more effective education and training policies and modernisation of labour markets through flexicurity policies.

9 Towards Common Principles of Flexicurity: More and better jobs through flexibility and security
Comprehensive lifelong learning (LLL) strategies to ensure the continual adaptability and employability of workers, particularly the most vulnerable; Internal (within the enterprise) as well as external (from one enterprise to another) flexicurity should be promoted. Sufficient flexibility in recruitment and dismissal must be accompanied by secure transitions from job to job. Upward mobility needs to be facilitated, as well as between unemployment or inactivity and work. High-quality workplaces with capable leadership, good organisation of work, and continuous upgrading of skills are part of the objectives of flexicurity. Social protection needs to support, not inhibit, mobility.

10 European initiatives and tools

11 Lifelong learning pathway
LLL Lifelong learning pathway Diploma Formal training abroad Informal learning Formal training Working experience

12 Synergies between LLL instruments
EQAVET NIFL EQF ECVET EURO PASS Non formal and informal learning

13 Knowledge – Skills – Competence
EQF Principles Meta-framework Learning Outcomes Knowledge – Skills – Competence Descriptors defining referencing levels Best fit Mutual trust Quality Assurance ”Qualification means a formal outcome of an assessment and validation process which is obtained when a competent body determines that an individual has achieved learning outcomes to given standards” Definitions, EQF Recommendation Annex I



16 Europass CV Language Passport Diploma Supplement
Certificate Supplement Mobility All Europass documents will be adjusted to be in line with ECVET

17 Validation of NFIL; routes from learning to certification

18 Key words Lifelong learning Perme-ability Mobility
Flexible learning pathways within education & training systems Flexible learning pathways between education & training systems Validation of non-formal / informal learning Bridge between labour market and E&T system Lifelong learning Trans-parency Perme-ability Mobility

19 A coherent set of Recommendations
Quality of VET systems Mutual trust Transparency of VET qualifications LO approach Progressive access to VET qualifications Transfer and recognition Promoting LLL Transfer and recognition from NFIL to formal system Non formal and informal learning

20 The Recommendation EQF
The EQF aims to relate different countries' national qualifications systems to a common European reference framework of eight levels. In the Recommendation Member States (MS) are invited to: relate their national qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework indicate the EQF level at each new qualification by 2012 use an approach based on learning outcomes when defining and describing qualifications, and promote the validation of non-formal and informal learning promote and apply the principles of quality assurance in education and training designate a national coordination point Tormod

21 NFIL Proposal recommendation
Ensure, by 2018, that a national system of validation of non-formal and informal learning is established providing the opportunity for citizens to Have their skills, knowledge and competences acquired through non formal and informal learning, including via open educational resources Obtain a full or partial qualification on the basis of validated non-formal and informal learning experiences Ensure that the national system of validation of non-formal and informal learning includes the following elements: support, assistance, assessment, certification Ensure synergy with ECTS and ECVET Tormod

22 ECVET Recommendation SG

23 Synergies between LLL instruments
EQAVET NFIL EQF ECVET EURO PASS ECVET is one of several European tools designed to make qualifications systems more easily understood and flexible throughout the European Union (EU) and so support more mobility for workers and learners Non formal and informal learning

24 The ECVET Recommendation
What is the objective? SG European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and, where appropriate, accumulation of individuals’ learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification.

25 Recommendation What has to be done? SG
The European Parliament and the Council, hereby recommend [1 to 6] and endorse the Commission’s intention to [1 to 4]

26 Timetable a preparatory period running until 2012, during which the Member States will be asked to create the necessary conditions and to adopt measures with a view to introducing ECVET each Member State may adopt and introduce ECVET (and also carry out tests and experiments) without waiting until 2012 SG a period for the gradual introduction of ECVET, running until 2014 possible revision of the European Recommendation in 2014

27 Technical specifications
What has to be implemented? ECVET — Principles and technical specifications SG Units of learning outcomes A unit is a component of a qualification, consisting of a coherent set of knowledge, skills and competence that can be assessed and validated with a number of associated ECVET points. A unit may be specific to a single qualification or common to several qualifications. The unit specification should include: title of the unit & qualification(s), reference to EQF and NQF, the LO contained in the unit, criteria for assessment, ECVET points and validity in time (if relevant) 2. Transfer and accumulation of LO; ECVET partnerships Host institution: assessment; home competent institution: validation, recognition and possible accumulation. The procedures for these are designed by competent institutions involved. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: general framework for cooperation; the partners accept each other as competent institutions; etc. (will be talked about later) 3. Learning agreement and personal transcript Sets specific conditions for a particular mobility period. Lays down the conditions for validation, recognition and accumulation 4. ECVET points Complementary information; 60 points per academic year; allocation of points according to relative importance, complexity or effort (or a combination of these). The number of points allocated to a unit may vary from one qualification to another or from one system to another.

28 Transnational mobility
European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and, where appropriate, accumulation of individuals’ learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification. R e c o g n i t Learning outcomes Transnational mobility Lifelong learning Transparency of qualifications Transfer process Accumulation process

29 ECVET objectives and technical components
R e c o g n i t Learning outcomes Transparency of qualifications Units of learning outcomes ECVET points Transnational mobility Assessment of learning outcomes Accumulation process Validation of learning outcomes Recognition of learning outcomes Lifelong learning Rob Memorandum of understanding (partnership) Transfer process Learning agreements Transcript of record

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