ECVET Toolkit now online!

During the Joint Conference of NetECVET, the ECVET Pilot Projects and the National Teams of ECVET Experts the ECVET Toolkit had been launched.

The toolkit is an online platform developed by the NetECVET project partners to assist VET providers in the implementation of ECVET in their mobility measures/projects. It provides not only information about ECVET, how and when to use its instruments but also tools and examples for the different mobility phases.

To illustrate the value of ECVET it also contains short movies in which VET practitioners speak about their experiences with ECVET.

You can start with a short users’ guide here.

You can start right away exploring the toolkit here.


National implementation of ECVET: Projects, instruments, challenges and solutions

On October 24-25, 2013, a joint conference of the ECVET Pilot Projects, NetECVET and the ECVET Experts will take place in Brussels. These three actions were funded by the European Commission and the EACEA to support the national implementation of ECVET.
The conference will bring together around 250 ECVET users and experts from different countries across Europe and offers the chance to

  • Share the results of the pilot projects, the NetECVET network and the National Teams of ECVET Experts
  • Provide an opportunity for the ECVET community of practice to discuss drivers, enablers, success factors and challenges around ECVET implementation
  • Take stock of the experiences gathered during the process of engaging national stakeholders for ECVET
  • Reflect on the future needs for further development of ECVET – on national and European level.

More information can be found in the conference newsletter.

N.E.T.Work – ECVET system for No borders in tourism hospitality European Training and WORK

The EU-centralised project was coordinated by CST Assisi – The Italian Centre for Advanced Studies in Tourism and in Tourist Promotion and lasted from 2008 until 2011.
The aim of the project was to test if the specific pathways within the qualification systems of each participating country (IT, FR, PT, SI) are ‘ECVET ready’. For this purpose the project partners selected a professional profile which would be quite common in all tourism and hospitality sectors of the partner countries, namely the receptionist’s profile.
For the testing phase the partners agreed on a common descriptive matrix, on learning outcomes descriptors and on common units.
To develop the units of learning outcomes, the following steps were taken:
• Description and selection of the job profiles to be tested by N.E.T.WORK
• Setting up of a transnational comparative matrix offering an analytical description of the national training pathway corresponding to the qualification of the selected job profiles
• Analysis of common activities of training pathways in terms of knowledge, skills and competences
• Development of operational guidelines for the construction of units of learning outcomes.

The target group comprises all bodies involved in training paths and mobility within the tourism industry, people and institutions involved in the definition of national and community training policies, training agencies, trade unions as well as employer’s associations.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.

EURO TRANS LOG – Job profiles for the Transport and Logisitics sector

The project EURO TRANS LOG was led by the French organisation AFT – Association for the Develop-ment of Vocational Training in the Transport Industry and lasted from 2008 until 2010. During these years the 12 partners from 8 countries (BE, DE, ES, FR, HU, IT, RO, UK) aimed at developing common references for vocational training on EQF level 5 in the Transport and Logistics sector, supporting in this way the realization of mobilities of learner and workers in these vocational fields.

As a main result the project partners published a guide containing the following documents and in-formation:
• The job profile
• A professional activities reference scheme
• A Learning Outcomes reference scheme
• Training centres presentation forms
• Quality charters for training centres
• Quality charters for companies
• Learning Agreements
• Financial resources for mobility.

The professional activities reference scheme is based on the job profile for the sector of Transport and Logistics and comprises 4 main activities each consisting of 1 to 4 side activities. These side activities each contain between 1 and 5 tasks. This references scheme shall support employers’ federations, transport firms, education department, organisations as well as training providers setting up frameworks for qualifications and vocational training.
Among the other developed products is a “Quality Charter for Training Centres”, which is a form de-fining the obligations and quality standards for training centres in the home country and in the host country. It describes the commitment of the training centre for respecting, welcoming and training criteria, such as transparency concerning the training programmes or a description of the quality management in use. Thus the charter can enhance mutual trust in assuring quality of training period abroad.

The target groups for the products described in the guide are:
• Institutions and firms setting up frameworks for qualifications and vocational training
• Training providers and centres in the fields of Transport and Logistics

The guide can be downloaded here.

Find more information on the project website.

INTENT – Competences for International Entrepreneurship

The “Transfer of Innovation” project INTENT was coordinated by the Dutch Kenniscentrum Handel, an organisation establishing qualifications (diploma requirements) for professions in the Trade and MITT industry (Fashion, Interior, Carpets and Textile industry).
The aims of the project, which lasted from 2007 until 2009, were to answer the needs for competences for international entrepreneurship against the background that in many existing vocational training programmes the relative proportion of international experience is rather small.
The project contributed to the acquisition of these competences by creating
• A competence profile for an international entrepreneur, focused on intercultural intelligence
• A training programme and assessment standards on intercultural intelligence
• Guidelines for work placements of mobility periods abroad
• Portfolio of international entrepreneurship competences.

Before creating the competence profile and the training unit the project partners interviewed several small and large sized companies to gain information on their experiences and expectations on inter-national entrepreneurial competences.
The development of an ECVET-proof unit profile was based on the results of the COMINTER project, the profile itself being described in terms of learning outcomes (LOs) and knowledge, skills and com-petences. It provides transparent descriptions of LOs for “International Entrepreneurship” and can be used in different sectors and in different countries.
The training programme INTENT which was developed on the basis of the unit profile “International Entrepreneurship” contains 5 different sub-modules each described again in LOs. Since it was designed to be used in different contexts, it can either stand/be offered as an independent training module or as an integral part of existing qualifications in different sectors, such as international trade or the service sector.

The tools and instruments of the project were developed for training providers, individuals and em-ployers to improve their competences in international entrepreneurship.

Find more information on the project website.
Interesting results and products can be found here.

NetECVET Workshop “Testing the Toolkit”

The central element of the NetECVET project is an internet-based toolkit to support VET practitioners establishing ECVET mobility measures and projects.
To test the usability and functionalities of the first draft of the toolkit, the German National Agency as the coordinating agency organised a workshop on May 23rd, 2013 in Bonn. Altogether 14 VET practitioners from each country being part of the network with a mixed background of knowledge as regards ECVET were invited to test the toolkit.
They had two different kinds of tasks to fulfill. For the first part of the day they were provided with a task each, for instance to search for information necessary to build up an ECVET partnership, whereas during the second part of the day they had to go through the toolkit section by section. In both cases they were asked to answer questions as regards the design and the visuals of the toolkit, the content and the user-friendliness of the platform.

Suggestions for improvement included
• To add tutorials within the “during mobility” section and more models of assessment tools
• To provide a flowchart on “ECVET in mobility… at a glance”
• To provide more telling pictures, less text.

The results of this feedback provided valuable input for the further development of the toolkit but also showed that the NetECVET team is on the right way to a practical device for those carrying out mobility projects.

The launch of the toolkit is planned to happen at the Joint Conference of the ECVET Pilot Projects of the second generation, the ECVET Experts and NetECVET on October 24/25, 2013 in Brussels. For those interested in taking part in it, please have a look at the conference newsletter of the EACEA and feel free to pre-register here.

The M.O.T.O. Model – The Model of Transferability of Learning Outcomes Units among different ECVET systems

The M.O.T.O. project led by ISFOL, the Italian National Agency for the LLP Programmes, was one of the ECVET Pilot Projects of the first generation and focused on the transferability of units of learning outcomes in the tourism and catering sector.

During the three years (2009 – 2011) the partners developed tools and approaches to facilitate geographical mobility in the aforesaid sector. To ensure the usability of its products and to further improve them mobility projects were carried out involving VET providers, students and apprentices from the partner countries (AT, FI, IS, IT).

The information presented in the M.O.T.O. Model follows the four phases of an international VET placement. It includes the preliminary phase, the preparation, the implementation and the final phase. During the project the partners developed:

  • A grid for analyzing qualifications (including guidelines)
  • A proposed MoU structure and examples
  • A Learning Agreement (proposed structure) and examples (including assessment sheets)
  • An experience example for the validation and recognition of learning outcomes.

Since the tools had been tested, the experiences of the testing phase were used to draw conclusions and illustrate lessons learned.

The M.O.T.O. grid template describes the core work processes or core activity areas (units) and the learning outcomes which reflect the work processes. It helps to identify common and different parts or elements of a qualification and thus provides a basis for identifying relevant learning outcomes that could be acquired during a placement abroad.

The guidelines accompanying the grid template concern the units of learning outcomes as used in national qualification descriptions, the identification of “core work processes” or “core activity areas”, the description of learning outcomes and the allocation of ECVET points to qualifications and units.

The grid and the guidelines address competent bodies interested in analyzing qualifications and identifying relevant learning outcomes to improve mobility processes.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


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