Title RELATE - Promoting the Recognizability of Learning outcomes from vocational education to higher Education
Project Number DE/13/LLP-LdV/TOI/147640
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text This Innovation transfer project was focused on increase of vertical permeability between vocational education and training and higher education study programs within the field of health and social care by supporting the recognition of VET learning outcomes for HE study programs. The main aim of the transfer was to summarize results of former projects referring to recognition of learning outcomes and to determine specific ways of promoting permeability into higher education programs within three European states in consideration of national framework conditions.
The benefit of increasing permeability between vocational and higher education is the enhancement of equality of educational opportunity as well as of the attractiveness of vocational trainings in the field of health and social care. The importance of this sector is expected to grow furthermore due to the demographic chance in Europe, whereas more qualified workers in this sector are needed for European countries in the next years.
The project transferred methods, procedures, instruments and guidelines for the recognition of prior learning in vocational education and training for admission to higher education. The main focus was on transfer of good practices and tested models for
- organizing the institutional frameworks for RPL in both VET and HE institutions,
- recognizing prior learning on a learning-outcome-oriented basis (ECVET),
- student and applicant counseling and
- Cooperation between VET and HE institutions in curricula development and recognition procedures.
All involved project partners have already worked in at least one of the above-mentioned fields and were able to share their valuable experiences within the project partnership. Unfortunately the Romanian partners were not able to provide the necessary administrative documents for the NA and withdrew from the partnership. The consortium promptly reacted and involved the Finnish partners, who were able to quickly adapt to the project and due to their experience provide huge input for the working packages and results. At the same time, the consortium helped them to improve their work in RPL by transfer of substantial knowledge, methods and practical tools.
The main aims of the project were:
• Defining the framework by analyzing the legislative groundwork and the state of implementation of recognition processes for learning outcomes from VET towards HE in the participating countries
• Summarizing key issues of recognition processes, implemented and tested methodologies and instruments for transfer
• Adapting, developing and transferring methodologies and instruments to the national contexts and implementing these at the participating institutions.
• Assuring and promoting the cooperation between VET and HE institutions by concluding agreements on standardized recognition processes and by providing agreement templates.
• Enabling VET and HE stakeholders to implement recognition processes
• Dissemination of results
According to the aims, the following work packages have been agreed and were realized:
1 Project Management
2 Quality Assurance
3 Sharing the results of former projects and summarizing key issues
4 Transfer and adaptation of results to German context
5 Transfer and adaptation of results to Estonian context
6 Transfer and adaptation of results to Finnish context
8 Formulating recommendations and writing guidelines
9 Cooperation, Assurance of Sustainability and Dissemination
The work packages “Project Management” and “Quality Assurance” were implemented during the whole lifespan of the project. Together, they build and guarantee the organizational framework which assures the successful implementation of the project.
It was one of the central responsibilities of the project management to assure well-functioning, regular communication between the project partners. Different communication instruments, such as telephone, e-mail and Skype conferences, were used to assure the regular exchange of information and the mutual update on the status of project implementation.
The approach and strategy of the project were reflected in the work plan: In the beginning, the project partners focused on sharing the results of former projects. By discussing experiences and presenting the available documents, the partners learned from one another and developed a reliable basis of common knowledge for the transfer to the local and institutional contexts. This transfer was done in the frame of WP3 in the first project year.
Work Packages 4, 5 and 6 provided the necessary timeframe for the transfer and adaptation of the shared results to the local and institutional contexts. In each of the participating countries, national working groups were formed, which each represent the two national project partners. Partners described the learning outcomes of the VET qualifications according to ECVET and compared them with the outcomes and requirements of the study programs in HE.
Furthermore, the partners used these work packages to pilot the implementation of the adapted methodologies at their institutions.
In work package 7 the partners tested the newly developed methodologies and improved them. The work package leader provided a detailed plan for the testing period, depending on the results of the work packages 4, 5 and 6, and formulated criteria and indicators for the evaluation of the tested methodologies.
The results of the testing period and the lessons learned from all preceding work packages were the basis for the development and formulation for a set of guidelines and recommendations (Work Package 8). These documents addresses different target groups and aimed at supporting them in implementing processes of RPL or relevant aspects of it, or – regarding the target group of learners and potential RPL applicants – provided guidelines on how to apply RPL.
Throughout the project period, continuous dissemination activities , such as a project website, presentations, stakeholder contacts and discussions and press releases, took place and thus draw the attention of stakeholders to the project’s topic and objectives (Work Package 9). The project partners provided counseling on RPL for VET and HE institutions. Furthermore, this work package assured continuous cooperation between the participating institutions by the conclusion of cooperation agreements. Models of these agreements are meant to be used by other institutions from all over Europe.
During the whole project period, the partners were supported by an external evaluator who provided quality assurance processes and who evaluated both the working process and the project results.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
transparency and certification
program or curricula
- Project Website including all relevant project information and documents for download and a contact form to get into touch with the included partners
- Trainings for stakeholders on the topics of ECVET/ECTS as well as of guidelines and templates referring the recognition of PRL to higher education
- Final Conference for dissemination and transfer of the project results
- Support for other institutions concerning ECVET/ECTS partnerships