Title Be-TWIN, Testing a joint ECVET-ECTS Implementation
Project Number 147825-LLP-1-2008-1-FR-ECVET
Project Type Other EU-Projects
Individual Participation Not possible
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The ECTS has become one of the main pillars of the Bologna process towards a common European Higher Education Area. More recently, ECVET is being designed as a response to the specificities of Vocational Education and Training (VET). A central issue is to define the connection between the two credit systems. Indeed, higher education (HE) and VET are often interconnected: in the context of lifelong learning and in order to favour vertical mobility, especially for those shifting from VET to HE, this connexion has to be explored.
Be-TWIN's aim is to test a common implementation of both credit systems in order to:
- improve learners’ and workers’ horizontal and vertical mobility,
- foster a common approach to education and training in Europe, thus linking the benefits of both systems and fostering mutual understanding,
- develop transferability, integration and recognition of qualifications in Europe.
The two credit systems, ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) for higher education and ECVET (European Credit for Vocational Education and Training) for VET, represent different methodological approaches that both aim at facilitating credit transfer and accumulation.
However, to fully support lifelong learning, it is crucial that these systems become connected.
In several of the countries participating in the Be-TWIN project, qualifications are at boundaries between ECVET and ECTS. For example, the French BTS and the UK Foundation Degree are both designed using the learning outcomes approach and would naturally fit the ECVET logic. However, since these degrees are delivered at higher educational level and in order to receive financing of their students’ mobility, institutions awarding these qualifications have to use ECTS.
The project has chosen to test ECVET and ECTS on qualifications at different EQF levels (5, 6 and 7). These qualifications are situated at the junction of VET and higher education as they are designed according to the learning outcomes approach, favour on-the-job training and respond to a professional standard needed by companies.
Three sectors have been selected: plastics industry, hospitality management and training of trainers.
The choice of the plastic industry sector stems from the fact that some of the partners have already been involved in the Europlastic project –www.europlastic.org – which aimed at developing a European curriculum in this sector, including teaching in English and internships abroad.
As for hospitality management, this industry requires its workers to be mobile and to experience different types of national cuisines and services in order to progress in their careers.
Lastly, training of trainers appeared to the partners to be of particular relevance in the linkage between ECTS and ECVET.
Description In gathering partners from all spheres of education and training (universities, VET providers, certifying authorities, chambers of commerce, business representatives...), Be-TWIN aims at fostering a dialogue and a common language between higher education and VET. The project will first of all develop a methodology linking ECVET and ECTS, and secondly apply this method to existing training programmes.
Recognition, transparency, certification
transparency and certification
- The project will produce a methodological guide, "Be-TWIN: building bridges and overcoming differences" linking both credit systems as well as a matrix to be applied in the framework of the case studies.
- In the framework of the three case studies, a comparison grid between the two credit systems for each case study will be produced.
- As part of the exploitation plan of the project, a tool kit for trainers across Europe will be published.
- Finally, communication products, including a website, will be released.