This section of LEO quali-TC website presents information about some other ECVET pilot projects. Particular focus is given to the motivation and approach adopted by each of the pilot projects. In addition to the ECVET pilot projects funded under the lifelong learning action programme, other projects relating to the ECVET testing and development exist. More information about those projects can be found in the ADAM database.

EQF meets ECVET

EQF meets ECVET aims to transfer the results from the project NQF Inclusive to the partner organisations in Italy, Germany and Slovenia and design a model for modularisation of basic VET programmes by applying the ECVET system. This model allows structuring VET programmes into particular reasonable units (regarding criteria like learners’ capability, usability at labour market etc.). Each unit will be described as a set of Learning Outcomes (LEOs) complying with the descriptors of a specific EQF level.
This modularisation will be exemplarily applied at 4 VET programmes defined on NQF levels 1 and / or 2.
Additionally a model for assignment and recognition of these units will be drafted together with national NQF authorities in Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. This cooperation increases chances for future implementation of this model for recognition of qualification units into the national educational systems and thus eases access for disadvantaged learners to lifelong learning as well as to the labour market.

Project results will be:

  • Research Report about actual status of NQF / recognition of non-formal learning and ECVET in AT, SI, IT, DE and at European level;
  • Modularised VET programmes for Austrian Confectioners, Slovenian Tearoom Waiters / Waitresses, Italian Caterers and German Industrial Seamsters / Seamstresses at NQF level 1 and / or level 2;
  • Model for Modularisation of basic VET at NQF levels 1 and 2;
  • Model for Assignment and Recognition of VET units at NQF levels 1 and 2.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.eqfmeetsecvet.eu/project-en

Q-Mentor

The basic intention of Q-Mentor is to increase the number of mobilities abroad and recognize acquired competences. The project follows the EU priority “Development and transfer of mobility strategies in VET”. Thereby the partnership consortium aims at improving the quality of mobility experiences due to sustainable implementation of instruments for better transparency and recognition.

As for the strategic aim, project partners organize mobility experiences for apprentices with high value within lasting and effective cooperative structures in order to implement valid learning outcomes as a standard for mobility. Mentors in receiving and sending companies play a strategic role in the process of organizing, carrying out and evaluating mobility experiences; therefore they are to be seen as key for quality assurance. Q-Menor focuses on their training in how to understand and apply the mentioned instruments for transparency and recognition of the learners’ competences.

To reach project aims mentors are trained and become familiar with the following topics:

  • Transparency and trust in different national VET-systems;
  • Competent application of European instruments for transparency (EQR, ECVET);
  • Implementation of valid learning outcomes in mobilities.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.q-mentor.eu

2get1care

The aim of the 2get1care project is to test the European credit system for vocational education and training in health care professions in the German Region of North Rhine-Westphalia. A European partnership will develop an approach for making qualification components transferable across national borders and across professions. In the long term, the project aims to support the implementation of ECVET in health care professions.

The operative framework for the test will be provided by: a scientifically evaluated adaptation of the training curricula of four health care professions (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and geriatric care) to ECVET standards; the development of a common core curriculum; and a further training concept based on ECVET principles for teaching staff, i.e. with a focus on learning outcomes.

The expected outcome comprises:
  • The adaptation of training curricula of four professions to ECVET;
  • A common core curriculum;
  • A new training curriculum for continuing education of trainers;
  • The evaluation of results, based on international exchange and feedback;
  • A sustainable national and transnational partnership and a European expert network for the implementation of ECVET in health care professions.
The partnership will facilitate the exchange of experience and innovation in relation to the introduction of ECVET in the health care sector. Furthermore, it will support the application of the products developed in the project and provide input and feedback on product development, in order that the transnational transferability of the project outcomes is assured. The project also intends to gain experience and develop conclusions that will assist in the introduction of ECVET to professions outside the health care sector, and to make these conclusions and experiences available for other projects, settings and sectors.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.2get1care.de

CO.L.O.R

The CO.L.O.R. (COmpetency and Learning Outcomes Recognition for migrants) project aims at satisfying specific labour market requirements related to competency valorisation and learning outcome recognition for migrants. Failure to recognize migrants’ work experience and learning outcomes not only makes it difficult for employers to appreciate what migrants can offer, but also leads to a unused potential of work force and the de-valorisation of competences.
CO.L.O.R. will put ECVET mechanisms into practice to achieve:
  • Adapted and tested qualifications (in terms of LO) – on the basis of shared and tested transferable methods;
  • Defined assessment, validation and recognition processes;
  • Testing activities (including a repertory of case studies) to assess the transferability of the recognition processes in a cross-sectoral dimension;
  • A Memorandum of Understanding on ECVET-related issues among the Italian Regions involved aimed at promoting a wider use of the project results and transfer of its results into mainstream policies.
The project will help to develop a framework for the effective valorisation and implementation of follow-up activities, secure the availability of tools, document results in technical journals, etc. The project will also support institutions (competent bodies) to adopt and apply the ECVET specifications within their systems.
Furthermore, the project will help to create innovative and concrete opportunities of Learning Outcome recognition. It aims at transferring the developed approach to other sectors/context/levels, while at the same time ensuring coherence with the overall system. The commitment of the competent ECVET institutions involved in the project will maximise its impact at regional and national level.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.color-project.org

CPU-Europe

With effect from the academic year 2010-11, the Minister for Compulsory Education and Social Mobility will commence a pilot scheme for ‘qualification by units’ (CPU) in secondary education. The principal objective of the CPU-Europe project will be to support the experimental implementation of ECVET. In particular, the objectives of the CPU project are:
  • To combat failure and repetition of years at school by proposing a structure for vocational training founded on the culture of ‘recognition of learning’ rather than on the culture of ‘punishment of failure’;
  • To attract more young people to vocational training by offering them concrete training pathways they can commit to; enhancing motivation and foster the process of taking control of the own learning pathway;
  • To propose a qualification structure compatible with education objectives and lifelong learning, notably the implementation of the EQF and ECVET.
The CPU unit will manage the CPU and CPU-Europe projects, undertaking secretarial roles for the work of a Belgian steering group and coordinating the action of different working groups (WG): One WG per vocational sector; one WG to research the regulatory provisions to be amended; one WG to analyse the organisational and educational consequences of implementing ECVET.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.enseignement.be

EASY Metal

EASYMetal aims at fostering mobility between training schemes and sub-schemes at the interface between preparation for vocational training and dual vocational training in the German vocational training system by creating transparency and recognition of partial qualifications.
EASYMetal will develop procedures to facilitate the transfer and recognition of units of learning outcomes between different training schemes and sub-schemes within the preparation system. By using units of learning outcomes as ‘vehicles’, learning achievements on both sides of the interface become comparable and can be related to one another.
The project suggests different models, describing procedures to implement ECVET at the interface between prevocational and vocational system. The models range from schemes with high standardized features to schemes with low standardized features.

The expected outcomes are:
  • Models of implementing ECVET at this interface – indicated by an increase in transparency and developed methods of recognition of learning achievements;
  • And, referring to the German partners: a better understanding of ECVET and related chances for young people.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.easymetal.inbas.com

ESyCQ

The aim of the project is to develop a complete ECVET system for a selected area of vocational training and all forms of learning (Formal, non-formal, informal). Six professions/qualifications are selected in a way that overlaps in training content will entail credit transfer procedures.
The overlap and intersection of necessary skills and proficiencies within different qualifications require and enable recognition and credit transfer. Since learning outcomes are weighed differently in different professions, competence assessment is needed, particularly with regard to the recognition of informal and non-formal learning.
The project selected professions in which side-entry on the basis of informal and non-formal learning are typical. For these qualifications, outcome-oriented descriptions broken down into competence areas, competencies, skills, and specialist knowledge will be drawn up and implemented in the online CEMES skills evaluation database.
The project results will feed into
  • The education and training offer of the participating training institutions;
  • The discussion of the competent institutions to introduce a new framework of recognition of non-formally and informally acquired learning outcomes;
  • Design and implementation of inter-institutional actions in the field of transnational cooperation.
The project will issue a recommendation for the development of an internet-based platform of European ECVET-project partners (CEMES-platform).

For more information please visit the project website: http://ecvet-professional.eu  

I CARE

A high number of personal care and social workers are currently mobile across Europe. In most cases, they do not hold specific or equivalent qualifications. It is hardly achievable for them to get the competences they gained in other contexts (countries, institutions or systems) and learning settings (formal, non-formal, or informal ways of learning) recognized. Apart from those regulated professions for which a specific recognition framework already exists (2005/36/EC), a lack of common methodologies and frameworks for evaluation, transfer, validation and recognition of learning outcomes has to be stated. Related flexible training solutions are also rare. This situation delays the full labour market integration of migrant and prevents the development of human capital.

An experimental application of the ECVET system for the establishment of a recognition model in the field of personal care will be undertaken. The aim is to establish a mutual trust area among partner countries and further develop mutual recognition of training and qualifications. The I CARE project develops a set of objectives which mainly focus on the adaptation of an already existing regional system of vocational qualifications in the specific sector in coherence with the ECVET framework.

The main impact envisaged concerns the transparency of the qualification system underlying personal care and social work services, as well as the improvement of co-operation among partner countries. Testing and development of relevant tools for a steady application of ECVET principles and specifications will take place.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.icareproject.eu

MEN-ECVET

The French Ministry of National Education (MNE) has decided to become institutionally involved in a project to test and develop the credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET) for mobility, opting for a transversal approach concerning vocational qualifications produced by the ministry of Education.

The project relates to a specific type of vocational qualification, the French “vocational baccalaureate”. The aim will be to examine in depth the regulatory and organisational provisions in force in relation to the ECVET technical specifications. A comparison of the actual practices following the national rules and the ECVET recommendation will be done. Working groups composed of experts will examine each qualification chosen for the project in order to develop links to learning outcomes and to identify procedures suitable for assessment, validation and recognition procedures in a national context and in a mobility context.The same approach will be pursued regarding a possible system of points. Audits of previous ECVET projects will also be done.
The project will result in:
  • Recommendations for the design of qualifications organised into units of learning outcomes;
  • Recommendations for the allocation of points;
  • Organisational and operational recommendations for recognition, in the award of vocational diplomas, of learning outcomes obtained in situations of mobility.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.ciep.fr  

VET-CCS

The conversion of all national VET qualifications into the ECVET system is part of the establishment of the Malta Qualifications Framework. Training institutions often do not have enough understanding or background knowledge to be able to convert and align their courses on their own. This is one of the obstacles which need to be overcome to ensure the successful implementation of ECVET.

This project thus aims to convert 30 VET qualifications/courses from a number of VET institutions and use them to develop and pilot a methodological tool for the conversion of ordinary qualifications to ones described in terms of ECVET in a pilot phase. As a second step, a guiding manual will be developed, based on the experience of the conversion process. This manual targets VET institutions and is envisaged as a guide for the conversion process of their VET qualifications according to the standards specified for ECVET.

In terms of impact, this project will have a multiplier effect. Not only will it ensure the conversion of the 30 qualifications/courses involved in the project, but the main output will include the development of a manual for the conversion methodology (ECVET Conversion Manual) which can then be used for the conversion of other courses by other VET training institutions, nationally as well as at European level.

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.ecvetmalta.org.mt

NetECVET

The NetECVET project is implemented by a group of 14 National Agencies for the Lifelong Learning Programme, coordinated by the German National Agency.

The project aim is to support practitioners of transnational mobility who are beginning to work with ECVET. To this end NetECVET partners developed a toolbox that helps mobility projects in applying ECVET.

The project approach is essentially bottom-up, focussing on mobility practice, rather than working on formal implementation in Member States. However, all findings and conclusions might prove useful for the European Commission and stakeholders in Member States as well.

NetECVET works in close cooperation with the ECVET Pilot Projects and the ECVET Support team. It is co-financed by the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

For more information please visit the project website: http://netecvet.com