Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text The specific aim of the VQTS pilot project is to create a systematic procedure to ensure international transfer of vocational qualifications. The main target group for the project`s results are students / apprentices in initial vocational training.
The specific aim of the VQTS pilot project is to create a systematic procedure to ensure international transfer of vocational qualifications.
The main target group for the project`s results are students / apprentices in initial vocational training who want to undertake learning and training periods abroad. The vocational field of "Mechanical Engineering" was selected as a model for developing and testing this procedure.
The project partnership consists of 37 institutions (ministries, social partner organisations, educational institutions, companies research and consulting institutes) of 8 countries.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Transfer and validation of learning outcomes
Analysing and writing learning outcomes
Allocation of points
Units of learning outcomes
ECVET partnership (involvement of competent bodies)
Documentation of learning outcomes
Other ECVET-related products
Assessment of learning outcomes
The VQTS project has received the Helsinki Award 2006 and the Lifelong Learning Award 2007 in Gold for its contributions to the aims of the Copenhagen process.
The VQTS model is a proposal for a structured description of work-related competences.
The core elements are the Competence Matrix and Competence Profiles:
- A Competence Matrix displays competences structurally in a table according to core work tasks in a specific occupational field and the progress of competence development.
- Competence Profiles (including Credit Points) are formed from individual parts of this Competence Matrix. This is done by identifying the competences that are relevant for a certain training programme or qualification (“organisational profile”) or by identifying the competences acquired so far by a person in training (“individual profile”).
The field of “Mechanical Engineering” (or “Mechatronics”) was chosen for the purpose of the VQTS project and the development of a pilot Competence Matrix. The illustrative examples arise from this particular field, however, the VQTS model can also be used for describing and comparing competences in other fields.
The VQTS model can be used for
- the transfer of vocational competences acquired abroad (mobility in VET)
- the transfer and recognition of competences acquired within the official VET system as well as competences achieved through non-formal or informal learning
- the development of qualifications
- composing job profiles as well as personnel (human resources) planning
- enhancing the visibility of differences in qualifications, therefore for use in the development of the EQF.
Luomi-Messerer, K. & Markowitsch, J. (Eds., 2006): VQTS model. A proposal for a structured description of work-related competences and their acquisition. Vienna: 3s research laboratory.
Markowitsch, J., Becker, M., Spöttl, G. (2006): Zur Problematik eines European Credit Transfer System in Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). In: Grollmann, P., Spöttl, G. Rauner, F. (Hg.): Europäisierung Beruflicher Bildung - eine Gestaltungsaufgabe. Hamburg: LIT Verlag, 173-197.
Markowitsch, J., Becker, M., Spöttl, G. & Messerer, K. (2006): Berufliche Kompetenzen sichtbar machen – Arbeitsprozessbezogene Beschreibung von Kompetenzentwicklungen als Beitrag zur ECVET Problematik. In: Berufsbildung in Wissenschaft und Praxis 03/2007.
Jörg Markowitsch, Karin Luomi-Messerer, Matthias Becker, Georg Spöttl: Putting Dreyfus into Action. How to solve the core problem of the European Credit Transfer System in Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). Journal of European Industrial Training (Emerald Publishers) (forthcoming)
The VQTS model is currently used by several European projects: e.g. by the DEQU project (http://www.dequ-info.net/) to integrate labour market needs into curriculum design, by the project S-M-E Master (http://www.sme-master.eu/) to describe and compare competences in CVET, and by the project EASCMF (http://www.eascmf.eu/) for designing a sectoral competence framework for the automotive sector.
Furthermore, the follow-up project VQTS II has started in December 2007. The VQTS model will be used for identifying the overlapping areas of the competence profiles of VET and HE qualifications and for adjusting VET and HE programmes to be more compatible and to enhance permeability between VET and HE.