Title MobilityExcellence-European Bridge for Competence Recognition
Project Number DE/10/LLP-LdV/ToI/147346
Product National Partner Report NQF - ECVET
Title National Partner Report NQF - ECVET
Product Type transparency and certification
Marketing Text Mobility of learners is a European key priority in vocational education. In particular, the mobility of apprentices needs to be promoted to a greater extent. The differences in European vocational education and training systems currently have a rather inhibitive impact on the educational content. It is of great importance to create mutual understanding and trust with regard to transparency and recognition of learning mobility.
The LEONARDO DA VINCI transfer of innovation project "Mobility Excellence" devoted itself to this task and aims to improve the value-added content of mobility as a formally recognized part of vocational training. Therefore ECVET (European Credit system for Vocational Education & Training) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) provide an ideal "bridge" in geographical mobility.
Hosting and sending organizations in our mobility-network work within different National Qualification Frameworks. It is not easy to understand these different national standards. National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) have, over a short period of time, developed into key instruments influencing national education, training and qualification systems.
“National Qualifications Framework” is an instrument for classifying qualifications according to a set of criteria for specified levels of learning achieved, which aims to integrate and coordinate national qualifications subsystems and improve transparency, access, progression and quality of qualifications in relation to the labour market and civil society.
Formally adopted by the European Parliament and Council in 2008, the EQF recommendation introduced a strict timeframe for countries to link their national qualifications systems to the European meta-framework. NQFs play a key role in linking national qualifications systems to the EQF (and the qualifications frameworks for the European higher education area) reference levels and descriptors. International comparability and the need for a common qualification language is of key importance to our countries. The potential role of NQFs in improving national education, training and qualifications systems is increasingly acknowledged.
Most European countries have decided to develop National Qualifications Frameworks reflecting and responding to the EQF. These developments are important to ensure that the European-level cooperation process is properly anchored at national level. The rapid development of NQFs since 2004 demonstrates the need for increased transparency and comparability of qualifications at all levels and show that the basic principles underpinning the EQF are broadly shared.
The purpose of the EQF is to facilitate comparison of qualifications and levels of qualifications in different countries. It aims to promote citizens’ mobility and lifelong learning. The European Qualifications Framework makes it possible to determine relationships between national qualifications and qualifications systems. Each country is expected to classify its national qualifications into the eight EQF levels by means of its National Qualifications Framework or the levels of its national qualifications system. The European Qualifications Framework should, moreover, enable international sectoral organizations to relate their qualifications systems to a common European reference point and thus show the relationship between international sectoral qualifications and national qualifications systems. Source: ”THE EUROPEAN QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK FOR LIFELONG LEARNING (EQF)" EUROPEAN COMMISSION-Education and Culture
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