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Oct 2013: It’s time to bring European instruments into practice

European consortium explores impact of European vocational education and training instruments on everyday teaching and training within VET providers and companies in a European project  
    

Stuttgart, October 2013. On the way to a simplified application of European vocational education and training instruments on everyday teaching and training, the European Union has reached an important milestone. The EU provides a number of vocational education and training instruments (VET) in order to foster the lifelong learning and the transnational mobility of learners and workers in Europe. So far these concepts have, however, primarily been discussed within European and national policy discussions and tested within a number of European piloting projects. But in order to bring these instruments to life it is necessary to prepare VET praxis within VET providers and companies for their application.
   

The euVETsupport project – implemented by a European consortium of partners under the lead of DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE) – develops support structures for the practical application of these instruments.These tools enable VET practitioners from the grass-root level to work with the EQF, ECVET and the learning outcomes approach in their daily praxis. Further information on the project and its progress is available at www.euVETsupport.eu.
   

“While the European and national discussions continue we believe it is important that VET praxis at VET providers, schools and in companies gets ready for the application of the EQF and ECVET within daily teaching and training praxis”, saysPeter Littig, Manager Education policy and strategy,
DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE):  “From our point of view it is time now to bring the results of our projects and discussions into praxis for this purpose to the trainers, teachers and tutors out there who are engaged into VET and work every day with the beneficiaries of these European tools: learners, workers, job-seekers, career changers, companies, etc. That’s why we initiated euVETsupport. Our European partners and us want to share the know-how and experience gathered over all these years with VET practitioners in order to foster the practical application of these European instruments on the grass-root level of VET.”
  

The respective tools are among others the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).
   

  • The EQF is a common European reference framework which links countries’ qualifications systems together, acting as a translation device to make qualifications more readable and understandable across different countries and systems in Europe for workers, learners, education providers and employers. It has two principal aims: to promote citizens’ mobility between countries and to facilitate their lifelong learning.
       
  • ECVET enables the accumulation of all learning outcomes obtained by an individual from various education and training pathways that are then transferred and recognised in view of achieving a qualification. This initiative makes it easier for European citizens to gain recognition of their training, skills and knowledge in another EU Member State but also learning outcomes achieved non- and informally can be made transparent for the European labour market in this way.
       

Both instruments are based on the so called learning outcomes approach. But what consequences does the introduction of these tools have for VET praxis at a grass-root level? What needs to change in order to pave the way for the implementation of EQF and ECVET within VET providers? How can companies make use of these instruments during their search for talents in order to answer the need for skilled workers? These are the questions the euVETsupport project will provide answers for.
   

The requirements on the practical application of these instruments have been explored in many projects and discussions. Now it is time to bring the results of all this work into praxis - to the trainers, teachers and tutors out there who are engaged into VET and work every day with the beneficiaries of these European tools: learners, workers, job-seekers, career changers, employers, etc.
   

The European Commission funds euVETsupport in the course of the Leonardo da Vinci programme. For questions about the project, please contact Eu-project.akademie@dekra.com.
  

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