Title Further Development & Transfer of Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks (MatchingFrames)
Project Number DE/10/LLP-LdV/TOI/147308
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project MatchingFrames developed tools and methods to establish comparability and transparency of qualifications profiles in selected European countries. The developed tools and methods are suitable to reference qualifications to the respective national qualifications frameworks as well as to the European qualifications framework.
One of the greatest challenges for the implementation of the national and the European Qualification Frameworks (EQR) is the assignment of qualificational profiles to the individual levels according to comparable principles. This should be envisaged in a way to safeguard comparability and transparency of differently structured qualificational profiles. Therefore the main target of the project was to develop practical methods and aids/ tools which can be easily applied by the respective institutions. The development results were tested, made applicable and used in the partner countries (in companies, in training institutes, by the social partners). The developed tools and methods are available in a way that they can be easily handled.
They are suitable to assign qualifications and training regulations/ curricula defined by the member states to the respective national qualifications framework (NQR) and to assign them to the individual levels. The methods and aids support to reach comparability in order to better assess the quality of European qualificational profiles.
At the same time the project aimed to shed light on the advantages of result-oriented, sector-related qualifications frameworks which may help to meet the assignment tasks.
First and foremost transparent instruments for operationalization have been developed and applied which can also be used for concrete cases within the sectors worked on in the project and which can be transferred to other sectors.
The project work focused on the metal and electrical sector as core sectors. The metal sector includes the automotive sector. Work process orientation served as the overall basis for all project work as it is structurally identical throughout Europe.
The focus of the project was the development and the implementation of instruments and tools for the assignment of qualificational profiles to the levels of the different qualifications frameworks, to national frameworks, to the European Framework, to sector frameworks. The tools and instruments have been designed in a way that they can easily be used by field actors. At the same time quality standards – were applied. Compared to the current practice this had decisive advantages: The assignment took place according to carefully selected quality criteria rather than emotional decisions. This meant that the assignment was carried out by adhering to transparent quality criteria which can hold out against evaluation procedures. The tools and instruments developed and implemented were aiming at this objective. Moreover, during the project works it was clarified how learning result oriented descriptions of qualifications could be used in order to create valid and qualitative assignment procedures. This approach across all country borders supported to implement assignment processes based on quality criteria with transparent and comparable results.
The developed tools and instruments were implemented by each project partner and by all social partners associated with the partnership. This ensured a broad dissemination.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
transparency and certification
The project produced two guidelines as major results, one on the development of qualifications frameworks based on work process analyses, the other on assigning qualifications to qualifications frameworks. These guidelines are addressed to stakeholders and practitioners dealing with qualifications frameworks and the problem of assigning qualifications to qualifications frameworks.
On the way to the above mentioned products there were reports produced on
- the obstacles of NQF implementation,
- the status of outcome-oriented training ordinances,
- sectoral approaches,
- methods and tools for learning result-oriented shaping of SQF,
qualifications and the assignment of qualifications to national
The products dedicated to the public will be offered for download in the product section of this data base and on the project‘s web site.