28 avril 2014

The activities of the national teams of ECVET experts

Special issue dedicated to the Joint ECVET conference held on 24-25 October 2013 in Brussels. Download ECVET Magazine No 17 - February 2014.
Article by Anette Curth, (ICF GHK). The activities of the national teams of ECVET experts  
25 National Agencies of the Lifelong Learning Programme 1 have established National Teams of ECVET Experts in their respective country. The purpose of these Teams is to promote and further develop the adoption, the application and the use of ECVET in their countries. In doing so, they support the relevant actors involved in Vocational Education and Training on a national level to ensure the best use of ECVET tools. Nearly 150 out of 200 appointed ECVET experts were present at the conference, using the opportunity to share experiences and expand their network...
How the ECVET experts helped to address key issues with ECVET implementation
The conference showed that there is a need to further work on the interface between policy, projects and mainstream practice - gateways between these strands should be created; and this should happen in the context of a broader national strategy. This strategy should create a link between the European transparency instruments, and should focus on the quality of VET as such. The national experts contributed significantly to paving the way towards such strategies.
• They addressed a large variety of stakeholders on policy level: European, national and regional authorities; decision makers involved in education and training; VET ex perts; school authorities; non-governmental organisations working in the field of ECVET; employers and employers’ organisations; social partners; and last but not least the business sector;
• They provided target support to practitioners to empower them in using ECVET and embedding it deeper into com mon practice;
• They were working towards greater coherence between the European transparency instruments and national frameworks: The experts were specifically asked to en sure the coherency of all European instruments for transparency of learning outcomes (such as EQF, EQAVET, ECTS, Europass), and advise on how they are interconnected. Moreover, the experts were asked to promote the development and use of ECVET as part of a broader lifelong learning approach which is an element of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
• They helped to make the solutions developed more sustainable by acting as important links between policy and practice, and helping to ‘translate’ ideas from practice to policy - and the other way around.
• They helped to dissemination of information about ECVET and experiences with it by actively supporting the national efforts in the awareness-raising activities, the creation/ publication of information material (website, leaflets, etc.);
• In short, they helped to build up practical expertise on ECVET and the rest of the instruments. The high interest in the conference and the quality of the discussions shows that the ‘community of practice’ is growing, and the understanding of ECVET and its ‘sister’ instruments is advancing. There are more and more people with well- informed opinions and a wealth and diversity of experiences with ECVET. To a significant extent, this is an achievement of the National ECVET experts’ work to date. See more in ECVET Magazine No 17 - February 2014.

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Different applications of ECVET: Synthesis of the results of ECVET pilot projects

Special issue dedicated to the Joint ECVET conference held on 24-25 October 2013 in Brussels. Download ECVET Magazine No 17 - February 2014.
Article by Daniela Ulicná, Anette Curth (ICF GHK) and Karin Luomi-Messerer (3s). Different applications of ECVET: Synthesis of the results of ECVET pilot projects 
One of the main goals of the conference was to present the results of the ECVET pilot projects. This was done through five workshops. The examples for credit transfer and accumulation presented in these workshops varied from using ECVET to preventing early school leaving, recognising non-formal and informal learning, to improving the quality of international mobility.
One of the main topics discussed at the conference was: National implementation requires national authorities/organisations to make a strategic decision about what they want to use ECVET for. In other words: What needs do we have, and how can ECVET contribute to solving them?
Each of the eight projects funded under the 2010 call for proposals to test ECVET was designed by their promoters to address specific issues and to respond to different needs in the national context. The projects were also designed to fit very different regulatory and institutional contexts...
Conclusions and lessons learned
The pilot projects showed that ECVET can serve a variety of purposes and respond to different needs. It can offer solutions to a range of target groups - not all of which are described above. The projects’ experiences illustrate the diversity of situations that can be at least partially improved by the use of ECVET. Depending on the starting point of the system and the issues to be tackled, ECVET principles can be used with more or less adaptations. See more in ECVET Magazine No 17 - February 2014.

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The European Credit Point System for Vocational Education and Training - Testing and development between 2009 and 2013

Special issue dedicated to the Joint ECVET conference held on 24-25 October 2013 in Brussels. Download ECVET Magazine No 17 - February 2014.
Article by Anette Curth and Daniela Ulicná, (ICF GHK). The European Credit Point System for Vocational Education and Training - Testing and development between 2009 and 2013
Since the European Parliament and the Council adopted the Recommendation in June 2009 many activities have been launched to test and develop ECVET in practice. The Council and the European Parliament have placed a strong emphasis on the necessity to experiment and test ECVET, through, among others initiatives, the establishment of pilot projects. In 2008, the European Commission issued a call for proposals to finance international partnerships under the Lifelong Learning Programme, whose aim was to test the implementation of the ECVET process in the context of learners’ geographical mobility. As a result, eleven pilot projects were selected...
Reaching a milestone and taking stock of what was achieved
The conference marks a milestone in the journey regarding the implementation of ECVET. In 2014 – hence, five years after the adoption of the ECVET Recommendation – the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council on the results of the testing and assessment of actions taken at Member State level. This may result in a review and adaptation of the Technical Specifications on ECVET as described in the Annexes to the Recommendation...
Conclusions and next steps
ECVET has a contribution to make to students’ mobility as well as to lifelong learning. It can improve the quality of students’ mobility and it can support lifelong learning by supporting people in transition between jobs, countries, educational levels and professions, through validation and recognition of prior learning. See more in ECVET Magazine No 17 - February 2014.

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ECVET Magazine - Issue 17 (February 2014)

Special issue dedicated to the Joint ECVET conference held on 24-25 October 2013 in Brussels.

Main topics:
  • ECVET developments between 2009 and 2013 - key messages and next steps
  • Synthesis of the results from the ECVET pilot projects: ECVET is a tool with different applications
  • National teams of ECVET experts: aims and activities in promoting ECVET at national level
  • NetECVET: working with ECVET on transnational mobility and supporting its implementation in the Member States

Attachments

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ECVET Magazine No 17 - February 2014 (PDF  1025.89 Kb 25/04/2014).

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ECVET Magazine No 18 (March 2014)

'Learning outcomes are here to stay but a lot of work remains to be done'

The latest issue of the magazine includes interesting articles on the ECVET network's life and on the latest developments on ECVET:
  • ECVET team new website
  • Thematic seminars on 'learning outcomes' and 'teachers and trainers'
  • Learning outcomes are here to stay but a lot of work remains to be done
  • ECVET in Polish VET
  • From VET to higher education
  • The ECVET Mobility Toolkid
  • ESCO - European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations
  • EASQ - European Area of Skills and Qualifications
  • ECVET team workprogram 2014

Attachments

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ECVET Magazine No 18 (March 2014) (PDF  6236.17 Kb 25/04/2014).

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Apprenticeship conference to steer countries towards new partnerships

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingCan countries developing new apprenticeship schemes learn from long-established systems? This is the question that Cedefop’s European apprenticeships conference hopes to answer.
The 7 and 8 May event is part of Cedefop’s support to the European alliance for apprenticeships (EAfA). The EAfA aims to increase the number and scope of apprenticeships and improve their quality and image. See more...

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Businesses as shareholders in the skills formation process

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingAt an inaugural speech at a seminar organised by the Institute for Social and Economic Policy Education (ISWA) in Berlin, Cedefop Director James Calleja said that in today's economic climate, 'businesses should be considered as shareholders in vocational training and an integral part of the skills formation process.' See more...

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New electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingThis new initiative funded by the European Commission is the latest development in the EU’s long-term commitment to promoting high quality adult learning in Europe.
The new platform is open to teachers, trainers and volunteers, as well as policy-makers, researchers and academics involved in adult learning.
Links: EPALE. See more...

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Developing lifelong learning

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingCedefop actively supports the development of lifelong learning strategies in Europe and the Member States.
The Centre monitors and reviews trends and policy developments that are related to lifelong learning. It provides policy-makers with data and analysis and offers opportunities for knowledge-sharing and best practice exchange in education and training.
Currently Cedefop focuses on lifelong guidance, validation of non-formal and informal learning, teachers and trainers in vocational pathways, apprenticeships, early leaving from education, and adult/work-based learning. In the recent past it has also studied ageing workers.

The projects:

1. Empowering young people

Lifelong learning begins in youth, and early leaving from education and training  has a negative effect on both education and employment. Cedefop is currently reviewing European and national strategies that aim to keep young people in education and training and lower the dropout rate. In recent years the value of apprenticeships in combating youth unemployment has come to the fore. The Centre, in cooperation with the Commission, is helping to create apprenticeship alliances across Europe. It is also preparing country reviews on apprenticeship.

2. Adult / Work-based Learning

The Adult / Work-based learning project monitors and reviews adult learning trends and policy developments  The focus is on how work-based learning help people develop the skills that give them greater chances of finding jobs and improving their careers.

3. Lifelong Guidance

Guidance and counselling should accompany learners and workers at every transition. The Lifelong guidance project reviews related policy and strategy developments in the Member States. It identifies successful initiatives and makes recommendations for future work in Europe and individual countries.

4. Validation of non-formal and informal learning

The project reviews trends in the field of Validation of non-formal and informal learning – i.e. of learning that takes place outside formal education and training bodies – and supports the development and implementation of validation systems in Member States.

5. VET Teachers and Trainers

The VET Teachers and Trainers project monitors trends affecting the roles, skills and training of teachers and trainers who work in vocational education and training, including adult learning and work-based training. The project promotes knowledge-sharing between practitioners and decision-makers and makes proposals on the professional development of vocational teachers and trainers.

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Trainers in VET

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingA trainer is a skilled worker who introduces newly recruited employees to the company, provides training to co-workers as part of the job or mentors apprentices.

Cedefop and the European Commission jointly coordinate a thematic working group on the professional development of trainers in vocational education and training (VET), which was launched in 2012. Members of the group come from ministries, national bodies and training and research centres in the Member States.

The group aims to identify examples of effective policies and practice and to consider how policies can support vocational trainers in the workplace with:

(a) their role and tasks;
(b) the competences that they need;
(c) ways of validating the competences they acquire and
(d) opportunities to keep their knowledge, skills and competence up-to-date.

The outcomes of the work of the group will contribute to European cooperation on vocational education and training (the Bruges Communiqué) and will be made available on this website. [more]

Contact Details:   Irina Jemeljanova .

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