About the project

A joint report of the European Council and the Commission sets new priorities for European cooperation in education and training as part of the strategy for education and training (ET 2020). ET 2020 is a forum for the Commission, who coordinates the process, Member States and education institutions to exchange best practice, information and advice on policy reforms.
The most important proposed new priorities are:
– Relevant and high-quality skills and competences, focusing on results, for employability, innovation and active citizenship
– Open and innovative education and training
– Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to facilitate learning and labour mobility.

One of the main issues throughout Europe is to insure and develop the system of quality in VET education. Development of initial as well as further (vocational) education and its quality improvement may be supported by various tools. The National Qualification Framework (NQF) in each country represents the most important national ones, the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is an important representative of the European ones.

A National Qualifications Framework is a formal system describing qualifications. It is focused on providing better educational and developmental outcomes for learners using education and care services. NQF introduces new quality standards to improve education.

ECVET is a European tool supporting lifelong learning, learners´ mobility in Europe and flexibility of the ways leading to qualification. It enables transfer, recognition and accumulation of validated learning outcomes of individuals. The learning outcome (LO) and the unit of learning outcomes (ULO) represent the basic ECVET elements.

Both tools have many advantages which can be used not only separately, but also using their key aspects in a parallel way. Both tools focus on supporting transparency and qualification accessibility, they work with learning outcomes and have a clear relation to the European Qualification Framework (EQF). So it is the main reason for looking for the way of linking NQF with ECVET.

With the Partnership for ECVET we will:
– contribute to the convergence and better mutual linking of the NQF and ECVET
– describe knowledge, skills and competence of learners (units of learning outcomes, for EQF/NQF 3 – 5), assess them and recognize them for five fields/branches (chemistry, car mechanics, cosmetics, health care and gastronomy)
– involve and mobilize stakeholders (schools and their partners from industry/service.) to contribute to the change of describing competences for learners (increase employability)
– connect teachers and representatives of employers
– develop a training program for VET trainers/teachers at vocational schools to structure knowledge, skills and competences as units of learning outcomes for the mobility of their learners, which can be used beyond the targeted fields.

Priority will be given to actions that facilitate employability as well as learning and labour mobility and facilitate transitions between different levels and types of education and training, between education/training and the world of work, and between different jobs. The Partnership will focus on actions promoting recognition as well as transparency and comparability of qualifications and learning outcomes, including through the provision of better services and information/guidance on skills and qualifications. This includes promoting innovative solutions for the recognition and support of validation – at local, regional, national or European/international level – of competences acquired through informal, non-formal, digital and open learning.

One of the potential benefits of ECVET is a possibility of domestic and mainly international mobility where students are sent to another organization for certain periods to achieve predefined special knowledge, skills and competences forming parts of a certain qualification. We want to enhance cooperation by allowing teachers and employers to learn from each other, to create, share and discuss modules to be developed for achieving a part of a common curriculum with peers from among partners during the course of the project and especially during transnational learning/teaching/training activities.

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Partnership for ECVET (PECVET)

Erasmus + KA2: Strategic partnerships for vocational education and training (Innovation Development)

Period: 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2020

Number: 2018-1-CZ01-KA202-048147


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