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By Martine Levreux, ECVET TEAM. Customised seminar in Ljubljana.
In November 2013 a two days customised seminar in Ljubljana brought together the ECVET expert team from Slovenia and representatives from Slovenia’s Institute for Adult Education; Institute for VET; Ministry of Education, Sciences and Sport; Chamber of Industry and Commerce; Chamber of crafts and small business; and VET providers working in the field of mobility.
The seminar was designed to support the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS) to coordinate Slovenia’s team of ECVET experts. It was an opportunity to sup - port the ECVET Slovenian experts in their work with other stakeholders who are implementing ECVET. The seminar began with an outline of how the Slovenian VET framework is integrating European tools based on the development of standards and competences. In Slovenia, there are two types of VET qualifications; one type that is acquired by following the school path (VET system) and the other type that can be acquired following the pathway that recognises non-formal learning. The National Professional Qualifications Act has connected both systems through the introduction of occupational standards which set out learning outcomes for each qualification in Slovenia. The learning outcomes approach is embedded in Slovenia’s education system and it is well accepted. As a result education programmes have moved from a content-based to an objectives-based approach...
Using ECVET for lifelong learning
The last session of the first day aimed to provide participants with more knowledge on using ECVET for horizontal and vertical mobility. ECVET can be seen as a tool that reduces barriers and provides opportunities for learners to move easily between different types of education, from one system to another, and from one qualification to another within the same sector/ system. ECVET can also be seen as a tool to facilitate individuals’ transition between different employment positions, companies, sectors and learning contexts (based on qualifications from either the formal sector or from the non-formal and informal sector). The first day focused on the strategies for ECVET implementation (fostering geographical mobility or lifelong learning) and the relevance of ECVET for end users. It also provided information on the context and challenges of ECVET in Slovenia. On the second day participants were asked to think more about the current state of play of ECVET in Slovenia and create an action plan. This included a brainstorming session which supported the ECVET experts and other stakeholders and led to a step-by-step implementation plan for Slovenia. Following these discussions, one of the key conclusions was the importance of using units of learning outcomes and ECVET to:
• upgrade occupational standards and curricula;
• recognise prior learning;
• increase geographical mobility.
The participants decided to produce a concept paper to further develop these three goals. This concept paper would then be presented to the relevant stakeholders in Slovenia. And finally the participants produced a “to do list “ in order to be clearer about who is doing what, including the development of a business and VET school network. . See more in ECVET Magazine No 18 (March 2014)...