Title Skillsbank – An ECVET oriented tool kit targeting career guidance, recognition of prior learning and individual training support
Project Number 2011-1-1-NO1-LEO05-03275
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Skillsbank offers a system for qualification definition and matrix building in Units based on Learning Outcomes to facilitate recognition of prior learning and career guidance. A Learning Outcome can be described in a holistic way, or be divided in the relevant competences, knowledge and skills. Each Learning Outcome can be self-assessed by the individual undergoing a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure. External assessor(s) validate and conclude with a consolidated assessment to be included in the individual competence portfolios.
There was a need for new means and measures to get a feasible solution for the individual, the guidance services, the training providers, the future employers, as well as the institutions and organisations at national or regional level, being responsible for training and employment. Experiences and recommendations from transnational projects and initiatives indicate that a structured aggregation of educational attainments is profitable for the individual, the training providers and for all stakeholders related to the employment market.
Skillsbank is designed towards improving career guidance and recognition of prior learning towards individuals that need advice related to their further career. Individuals can define their aggregated skills and competences towards matrixes of qualifications and occupational profiles. This will meet the needs of people on the brink of being excluded from working life, migrant workers or those trying to enter new jobs in a changing employment market.
Skillsbank aims at bridging between descriptions of qualifications and occupational profiles and career guidance. A web based service is developed where descriptions and definitions of qualifications are made according to ECVET and EQF principles with learning outcomes organised in structured matrixes. A module for recognition of prior learning is an integrated element of the system to strengthen the quality of the guidance process. Optional external assessments and recognition of prior learning are linked to defined learning outcomes.
The system is designed towards career guidance and recognition of prior learning. Individuals can define their aggregated skills and competences towards matrixes of qualifications and occupational profiles. This will meet the needs of people on the brink of being excluded from working life – or those trying to enter new jobs in a changing employment market.
As a test Skillsbank has also been used to develop a new sector qualification and occupational profile within Road Transport Management, compatible with EQF descriptions at EQF level 5 as part of the KNOW-IN project.
Skillsbank is developed as a multilingual service, presently covering English, Bulgarian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish and Portuguese. To further facilitate the use of Skillsbank in a mobility/migration perspective, indexing in additional languages is available through the DISCO web service for describing the learning outcomes constituting a qualification. The use of an indexing service facilitates the bridging between ESCO descriptions and the Skillsbank structure and guidance options.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Administrative and Support Service Activities
open and distance learning
description of new occupation profiles
transparency and certification
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Core components and functions:
Learning outcomes in structured matrixes
Individual profile building
Recognition of prior learning
Web based multilingual service
Compatible with ECVET-EQF-ESCO
and the Europass documents