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ECVET - the basics. Heidi Leskinen | 06.11.2013. ECVET – WHAT IS IT?. The European Credit system of Vocational Education and Training = (ECVET ), promoted by European Union

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Ecvet the basics

ECVET - the basics

Heidi Leskinen | 06.11.2013


Ecvet what is it

ECVET – WHAT IS IT?

  • The European Credit system of Vocational Education and Training = (ECVET), promoted by European Union

  • The development of ECVET began in 2002 after the Copenhagen Process emphasized the need for a credit transfer system for VET. National governments and the European Parliament gave their final approval to legislation in June 2009.

  • The profounding aims of ECVET (and EU) are to

  • Promote transnational mobility in EU

    (workers, students)

  • Facilitate lifelong learning in Europe (acknowledgment of prior learning)

  • Raise the quality of vocational education and training

    (knowledge, skills, competence)


Ecvet what s that in practice

ECVET – what’sthat in practice?

  • EU is giving only recommendations – all the changes (and a lot of work) are done on national level

  • For example in Finland: years of work in National Board of Education & Ministry of Education and Culture (also Finnish Parliament & Government)

    →changes and adjustment in laws and regulationsconcerning VET

    → NBE makeschanges in National QualificationRequirements for VocationalEducation and Training


Ecvet what s that in practice1

ECVET – what’sthat in practice?

→ VET providers (collegeslikeEsedu) start to implementthese new qualificationrequirement in alltheirtraining and education

  • In Finland thislegislationcomes in to effect 1.8.2014, when the new schoolyearstarts(or 2015?)

  • Afterthatwewillhaveallourqualificationsand learningmodulesdefinedas ECVET-points


What new comes with ecvet

What new comeswith ECVET?

  • For Finland – actually not many things (our VET system is already “ECVET-friendly”)

  • For most of European countries:

    • Competence-based training (credits are not measured with work-time, but the competence it leads into)

    • Recognising prior learning and informal learning (giving credits)

    • Use of study units/modules – qualifications can be divided in many units – part of the qualification can be done in other institution

      →This should lead to flexibility in VET (individual learning paths)

      → international studies/placements can be used as part of a qualification (based on agreed documents)


International mobility

International mobility

  • In the coming ECVET –system international studies/placements have more value: learning outcomes should be used as part of a student’s qualification

  • and in the future: qualifications acquired abroad should be recognized in all EU-countries as valid qualifications → affects to salary → workers’ mobility in EU etc

  • Because of this it is important to carefully plan international mobility and base it to on agreed documents (→validation and recognition is easier)


Mobility documents

MOBILITY - DOCUMENTS

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

  • Learning Agreement (LA)

  • Learning Outcomes (described as: knowledge, skills, competence) / or Learning Units

  • Assessment Form / EuropassMobility Certificate

  • Part of these documents used also earlier, e.g. MoU contains similar parts than Letter of Intent


Memorandum of understanding

Memorandum of Understanding

  • It is essential for the sending and hosting institutions to discuss and agree in advance all the necessary matters concerning the students’ mobility according the ECVET principles.

  • Through this process, they make informed judgements about the conditions under which they can recognise(transfer) credit achieved in otherEuropeancountry/school.

  • In this long-term agreement competent institutions acknowledgethattheytrusttheirpartners’ approaches to designing units, assessment, validation, recognition as well as quality assurance.

  • In LLP (Erasmus+) projects no need for Letter of Intents if one has a MoUwith partner institution


Learning agreement

LearningAgreement

  • Earlier: TrainingAgreement, TrainingContractetc – containssimilarthings, butmorespecificattention to student’slearning

  • LA is an individualised document which sets out the conditions for a specific mobility period. It specifies, for a particular learner, which learning outcomes and units should be achieved.

  • LA willalsocontain ECVET -points


Learning agreement1

LearningAgreement

  • Learningoutcomesshouldbedescribed as knowledge, skills and competence (KSC) and ECVET-points

  • In thiswayit’spossible to compare the acquiredlearning to the learningobjectives in home school (curricula)

  • If the mobilitybetweeninstitutes on certainstudyfield/qualification is on permanentbasis, the sending and hostinginstitutescanagree on specificLearningUnit

  • LearningUnit = a fix set of learningoutcomes

    (for example: ForkliftCourse in Odense)


Europass mobility certificate assessment form

EuropassMobilityCertificate / AssessmentForm

  • Sending and hostinginstituteshave to agree on how to assess the mobilityperiod

  • In ECVET the idea is to assess the student’slearningoutcomeduringmobilitywith the hostcountry/school’scriteria

    → in somecountriesthisis stillnotpossibleaccording to the legislation (Finnishstudentsshouldbeassessedaccording to Finnishcriteriaetc)

    → it is important to useEuropassMobilityCertificateor/andAssessmentform to describein wichextense the studenthasacquired the plannedlearningoutcomes

    → validation and recognisation at home institute


Summa summarum

Summa summarum

  • Wait for the instructionsfromnational level (ECVET-points) → changes in VET

  • New morespecificdocuments in studentmobilitycan and shouldalreadybeusedalwayswhenit’spossible (alsorequired in LLP and Erasmus+ etc)


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