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1 1 The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Loukas Zahilas, Project Manager

2 2 In the beginning… the LISBON agenda Background

3 3 LISBON agenda Knowledge for: competitiveness more and better jobs social inclusion Success for Lisbon depends on success in vocational education and training

4 4 LISBON agenda Success in VET requires: knowing skills needs establishing systems to deliver those skills providing access for people This requires VET-effective policies.

5 5 Actual pathway for 2010 objectives Lisbon Strategy Bologna Process Copenhagen Process Maastricht Communique Bergen Declaration European Higher Education Framework E. Q. F. E.V.C.E.T. National Processes N. Q. F. New National Qualifications Frameworks

6 6 Functions of the EQF Neutral reference point learning outcomes Neutral reference point based on learning outcomes Translation device Translation device for comparing qualifications

7 7 The European Qualifications Framework Bologna and Copenhagen Focus on Qualifications Reflects an explicit need Expert group Consultation

8 8 Our Lifelong Learning Experience: Obstacles! within and between countries between education and training systems to use of acquired skills to new learning

9 9 A basis for co-operation EQF implementation is voluntary Entails no legal obligations on Member States or sectors Fosters change by supporting and informing reform

10 10 What EQF is NOT! EQF not about replacing national/sectoral frameworks EQF not about harmonisation EQF CANNOT define new qualifications

11 11 The main elements of the EQF

12 12 EQF Level 1 EQF Level 2 EQF Level 3 EQF Level 4 EQF Level 5 EQF Level 6 EQF Level 7 EQF Level 8 Country ACountry B Q Q Q NQF/ NQS NQF/ NQS NQF/ NQS Q Q Q Q NQF/ NQS

13 13 Swedish post- secondary engineering education (Påbygnadsutbildning) = EQF Level 4 = Irish post secondary education at national level 6 (Advanced certificate) EQF

14 14 The Eight EQF Levels Each EQF Reference Level Knowledge Skills Wider personal and professional competences

15 15 Focus on Learning Outcomes EQF Learning Outcomes Non-Formal Learning Formal Learning Informal Learning

16 16 Using the EQF ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Table 1: Learning Outcomes Aimed at qualifications authorities, experts: makes translations between systems and frameworks possible SUPPORTING INFORMATION Table 2: Supporting Information Needs to be compiled and completed at national or sectoral level

17 17 Linking qualifications to the EQF: the role of national authorities Commitments to link national qualifications to EQF Long term reform process Learning outcome-based qualifications? National Framework of Qualifications?

18 18 Linking qualifications to the EQF: the role of national authorities Clear link between national qualifications and the EQF levels Self-certification Transparency of procedures Publishing of results

19 19 Linking qualifications to the EQF: the role of sectoral stakeholders Sectors have expressed the need for a common reference point Focus on an outcomes and competence based approach Follow up of Maastricht Communique

20 20 Linking qualifications to the EQF: the role of sectoral stakeholders Invite sectors to link sectoral qualifications to EQF Facilitate sector internal competence developments Facilitate link between national and sectoral qualifications Ongoing work in the ICT sector exemplifies this approach

21 21 Consultation Europe-wide consultation process from July to December 2005: 32 countries in Education and Training 2010 Bologna follow-up group European Social Partner organisations Industry & sector organisations Education and training NGOs

22 22 Consultation Results Input to drafting of Council and EP Recommendation in Spring 2006 Support through the Integrated Lifelong Learning Programme

23 23 State of the art The Commission adopted on 5 September 2006 a proposal for a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of EQF The draft recommendation foresees that Member States relate their national qualifications systems to the EQF by 2009

24 24 Summary 8 common reference levels (learning outcomes) Common principles support EQF levels and provide guidelines for cooperation A range of tools and instruments for individuals Commitment from national and sectoral bodies

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