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24 août 2011

ECVET Magazine n. 5 fifth issue of the ECVET Magazine was prepared by the ECVET Support team which coordinates the ECVET Network. Download Magazine.
It contains:

- An editorial by LilianeVolozinskis, Director for Social Affairs and Training Policy at UEAPME (European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises);
- An article by Elena Camilletti from the ECVET team about the ECVET seminars that are on offer;
- An article by Sibilla Drews and Astrid Terreng from the german National Agency about the NetECVET Initiative (14 National Agencies from the Lifelong Learning Programme promoting ECVET);
- An article by Thierry Joseph, director of EFMA, about ECVET as an asset to mobility;
- An article by Reinhard Noebauer, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, about the Austrian ECVET-strategy;
- An article by Caterina Casado Latorre, Head of Unit for VET Curricula Design and Feliu López Vidal, Technical Advisor at the Unit for VET Curricula Design about ECVET and the Catalan VET System;
- An article by Dr Recep Altin, Deputy Director and Osman Yalçin, Project Director, Projects coordination Centre MoNE, about ECVET as a key to the VET reform in Turkey.

An article by Sibilla Drews and Astrid Terreng from the german National Agency about the NetECVET Initiative (14 National Agencies from the Lifelong Learning Programme promoting ECVET)
NetECVET, Working together on understanding and implementing ECVET
The thematic network NetECVET consists of 14 National Agencies in the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). It promotes ECVET in the context of transnational mobility and supports the implementation process in the Member States through a bottom-up approach. It addresses VET actors, supports and guides them in the implementation of ECVET.
Linking ECVET principles and mobility and thus taking mobility to a more advanced level is the major challenge that NetECVET is facing. Turning mobility into high-quality mobility using ECVET principles and approaches means:
• working with learning outcomes at a practical level;
• providing guidelines for the definition, description and assessment of (units of) learning outcomes;
• providing examples of basic documents like the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or Learning Agreements.
In order to meet these challenges NetECVET will develop an ECVET toolbox which will provide support and guidance for VET actors. This toolbox will offer a wide range of solutions from tailor-made approaches to real examples and models.
In 8 regional workshops NetECVET will reunite both VET actors and projects that have developed models and tools for the definition, description and assessment of units of learning outcomes. Methods, tools and approaches developed by the projects will be discussed and tested for their practical suitability. Based on these workshops we will be able to make further progress in the definition of guidelines and the building of models to be used to implement ECVET, thus transforming mobility projects into ECVET-proof mobility projects. The toolbox will contain information on national entry requirements, existing mobility units, activities at a sectoral level and required partnership criteria.
Besides the development of the toolbox NetECVET will also prepare and train VET professionals by providing training material for internal training at VET schools or companies and by teaching them how to use it. NetECVET has already identified more than a hundred projects from the Lifelong Learning Programme which are currently exploring and testing ECVET components and principles. These projects are expected to encourage VET actors to apply ECVET in the context of transnational mobility.
ADAM featuring thematic groups

Since March 2011 the European thematic networks NetECVET and QALLL (Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning) are being featured on ADAM (see infobox). The recent improvements of the platform have made it possible to showcase projects which appear to be in one way or another relevant to the implementation of ECVET.
An info box in the links navigation provides general information on the thematic groups. Clicking on the title of one of the groups leads to both background information and a list of selected projects. One particular section found on the individual project information pages of the ECVET-tagged projects shows the ECVET components that the project deals with. Users can search for specific information such as projects referring to the Assessment of Learning Outcomes by using a filter on the NetECVET page.
The advanced search function allows users to find information on specific countries or types of projects. During the next working phase of NetECVET, the selected projects will be examined in greater detail by experts and the results will be narrowed down further allowing us to identify the best working methods.
What does ADAM have to offer?

The thematic group NetECVET in ADAM has a large variety of examples ready to be used by VET partnerships wishing to test and apply ECVET principles. For example, Omnia, a major training provider in Finland has provided a short and precise Memorandum of Understanding, which in this particular case served as an agreement in the development of a unit for a child care qualification, transferable from one country to another.
The EVOC (Ecvet Unit for Vocational Studies in Child Care) project also provides learning outcomes for units in the fields of Play, Intercultural Studies, Rehabilitation and Language. It may even encourage other training institutions within the child care sector to implement ECVET and even adopt (parts of) the unit.
A project covering a broader range of aims is the EURO TRANS LOG (ETL). This concerns the transport and logistics sector and aims at enabling mobility of students throughout Europe and acknowledging professional skills gained in one country by another through common certification. It has developed 7 units of learning outcomes at level V of the EQF as well as several tools such as learning agreements or quality charters for schools and companies. 33 training centres from 8 European countries are already partners of the Euro Trans Log network.
This is just a quick insight into the very practical tools, methods and units of learning outcomes that NetECVET can provide in ADAM. As NetECVET develops, we will be able to offer more varied and specific support for actors promoting ECVET mobility.
See also on the blog: The eight types of strategic action lines in the current progress towards ECVET implementation, Testing a joint ECVET-ECTS Implementation: Be-TWIN project, Supporting modernisation of VET systems, Linking credit systems and qualifications frameworks.

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