Project rationale and objectives

close-up catering table setOne of the central ideas underlying European lifelong learning policy is that international mobility should become a natural part of education and training schemes. However, what still hampers the full potential of learning mobility within the EU are the problems surrounding the recognition of learning periods spent abroad. There still exist, in fact, constraints due to the difficulty in having one’s learning outcomes achieved abroad in formal, informal and non formal learning evaluated, validated, recognised, accumulated and transferred. In order to address these issues, the aim of LEO quali-TC  is to transfer the innovative results of the ECVET TC NET Leonardo Network project and thus identify an operative framework to test ECVET and to facilitate the validation, recognition, accumulation and transfer of units of learning outcomes.

The project aims to provide concrete methodological tools to analyse and describe a range of vocational qualifications (EQF 2-3 levels – Tourism and Catering sector) in terms of units of learning outcomes and a Model that permits the validation, recognition, accumulation and transfer of units of learning outcomes with reference to the existing European tools (EQF, Europass, ECTS) and principles (validation of non formal and informal learning, quality assurance) in order to reduce the barriers to mobility across Europe. With a view to developing and testing concepts and procedures to augment learners’ mobility and making qualifications more transparent and portable, thus improving the common understanding of EU citizens’ learning outcomes within trans-national mobility, better valuing individuals’ experiences and upgrading skills for employability, the project aims to test ways of putting ECVET into practice.