Title ECVET STEP: ECVET for Strengthening Training to Employment Pathways
Project Number 539816-LLP-1-2013-1-GR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text ECVET STEP contributes to making VET provision more flexible and responsive to evolving labor market needs. VET stakeholders will be induced to “take the ECVET STEP”, by means of an operational and transferable framework for adopting and managing the ECVET process. This approach will allow VET-related actors across Europe to understand and reap the benefits of ECVET from their perspective as well as to track their performance and to control the quality of its integration into their existing processes and workflows. ECVET STEP responds to the high priority requirement for Strengthening Training to Employment Pathways, starting with agriculture and expanding to other domains and sectors. The project exposes major innovative aspects, in the sense that, apart from supporting the adoption of ECVET, it will also provide an infrastructure for the development of online services to facilitate the ECVET process and the technical specification of reusable units of learning outcomes.
ECVET STEP aims in making the best value of the ECVET system, facilitating the transfer, accumulation and recognition of credits and learning outcomes or competence acquired otherwise between countries, thus promoting mobility learning in VET. Towards this aim, the main goal of ECVET STEP is to bridge the gap between descriptions of job profiles and training opportunities, while at the same time promoting mobility of people engaging in VET activities. ECVET STEP aspires to support organisations to “take the ECVET STEP” by following a step-wise, quality-controlled approach in adopting ECVET.
ECVET STEP aspires to build a harmonization basis, combining ECVET with other leading European instruments and valuable outcomes of European standardization and LLP projects to develop (1) an operational and transferable framework for managing the ECVET process, for all VET stakeholders, starting from the agricultural domain but ranging to other domains and sectors (2) design patterns for reusable units of learning outcomes associated with credits and methods for assessment, validation and recognition, covering the perspectives of different stakeholders and different contexts including formal, non-formal, informal VET activities and (3) valuable technology based solutions and services.
The expected benefits for European citizens, being life-long learners engaging in VET activities with trans-national mobility are equally important, ranging from enhanced possibilities to expand and enrich their professional competence, to opportunities for individualisation of their learning paths and integration of internationality in their personal study plans, enhanced quality of mobility and easier to validate competence acquired abroad, easier job hunting across Europe and, generally, a more transparent and understandable system for life-long personal development and matching of preferences with existing job opportunities.
ECVET STEP will focus on the development of an ECVET Capability Maturity Framework (CMF) which will allow VET-related organisations and individual actors across Europe, starting from the agricultural domain but ranging to other domains and sectors, to understand and reap the benefits of ECVET from their perspective as well as to track their performance and to assure and control the quality of the integration of the ECVET system into their existing processes and workflows. In essence, ECVET STEP will support organisations to follow a step-wise, quality-controlled approach in adopting ECVET. In order to further facilitate organisations to “take the ECVET STEP” the project shall build upon a design patterns approach, developing shareable and reusable units of learning outcomes (RULOs). RULOs shall contain descriptions for the components of the qualification consisting of a coherent set of knowledge, skills and competence which can be accumulated, assessed, validated and transferred according to specific rules, criteria and credits. A methodology for creating RULOs in such a way that they are reusable and sharable across different domains, educational levels and contexts (formal, informal and non-formal) shall be described. This methodology will present a set of “design patterns” for the creation of RULOs, as well as a quality-controlled process for creating new design patterns and further evolve existing ones. Last but not least, the ECVET CMF and the RULO methodology will incorporate an ECVET Quality Assurance Specification that shall define quality criteria for the application of ECVET to sectoral and trans-sectoral qualifications and other VET-related instruments involved in the ECVET processes and workflows.
In essence, the ECVET STEP instruments will form a solid foundation for the development of transparent and comparable descriptions not only of lifelong learners' achievements (qualifications as well as learning outcomes) but also of their goals, of VET and employment opportunities as well as of recruitment needs in the agriculture and other sectors. It will contribute to making definitions of learning outcomes reusable and accessible across learning and recruitment information systems, thus facilitating the development of IT tools and services related to the generation of personal profiles, achieved learning outcomes and competences, etc. The outcomes of this effort will facilitate the bond for the actual building of effective pathways between training and employment through technology based solutions and services.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Information and Communication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Product information ECVET STEP will develop (1) an operational and transferable framework for managing the ECVET process, for all VET stakeholders (2) design patterns for reusable units of learning outcomes associated with credits and methods for assessment, validation and recognition, covering the perspectives of different stakeholders and different contexts including formal, non-formal, informal VET activities and (3) valuable technology based solutions and services that will facilitate the ECVET process and the specification of reusable units of learning outcomes, while at the same time enable the management of ECVET related evidence and form the technical basis for the actual building of effective European-wide pathways between training and employment opportunities.