Title TRECVET - Transnational Recognition of European Certification in Vocational Education and Training
Project Number 518197-LLP-1-2011-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text TRECVET (Transnational Recognition of European Certification in Vocational Education and Training) will provide an analytic software tool that makes qualifications transparent and comparable and thereby gives decision makers the necessary information to implement a system of transferable credits (ECVET). This mutual recognition of other states qualifications will encourage and help mobility and cross-border exchange.
In the EU there are numerous industries and professional bodies who's regulations, training methods and examination requirements vary dependent on the specific requirements of the individual Member States; the result is that qualifications and certificates are not universally accepted or transferable. This situation restricts mobility for suitably qualified personnel, trainers and learners within the EU and has lead to the creation of the European Credit system in Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) which aims to remedy these problems.
The specific need for this project arises because currently within the ‘Small Commercial Vessel’ (SCV) maritime sector of the EU, qualifications are not mutually recognised between the authorities of Member States. Therefore nationally qualified professionals are excluded from commanding identical vessels, operating under different national flags.
The project will develop software methods to make transparent syllabi comparisons, resulting in the online tool TRECVET. This will be achieved by breaking down syllabi into their most fundamental elements and then presenting these so that meaningful information on commonalities, differences and country specific requirements can be identified. By this technique, qualifications and learning outcomes become transparent and comparable, which in the wider framework of ECVET, leads to transferability, recognition and mobility across Europe.
The tool will be designed to be scalable and able to accept syllabi from any VET industry within Europe.
This tool will enable decision makers to comply with their commitments to the ECVET strategy which requires that “by 2012 Member States are expected to have created the necessary conditions and measures for the gradual implementation of the ECVET”.
Presented as a publicly accessible website, this tool will empower learners and trainers to make informed decisions about study and career paths, thereby gaining better job placements and mobility.
The Wider Problem: Within the EU there are numerous industries, organisations and professional bodies who's interpretations, regulations, training methods, examination requirements and levels of competence
vary dependent on the specific requirements and circumstances of individual Member States. The result of this is, qualifications are not universally accepted or transferable amongst Member States. As a consequence, mobility restrictions are placed on suitably qualified personnel, professionals, trainers and
learners, within the EU.
The Specific Problem: The specific requirement for this project arises because currently within the SCV maritime sector of the EU, qualifications of one member state are not recognised by the authorities of other member states. This problem exists across most EU Member States. The project will examine this
problem from a representative sample consisting of the three countries UK, Spain and Germany.
A specific example: UK qualified skippers resident in Spain can only work commercially on UK registered (flagged) vessels; they are not allowed to work on Spanish or any other EU registered vessels. Additionally, Spanish nationals residing and working in Spain with similar Spanish qualifications can only work on
Spanish registered vessels; they cannot take command of a foreign flagged vessel. It is therefore possible, in fact common, that a suitably qualified skipper is excluded from commanding one or more identical vessels, operating out of the same port, based solely on the national flag that the particular vessel is operating under.
The specific need: The current situation restricts the free movement of labour, as it prevents suitably qualified skippers choosing their work according to where it is needed and on a vessel matched to their level rather than origin of qualification. All member states within the SCV sector must find a way to
recognise each others qualifications in order to create work mobility for professional personnel within the industry.
The wider need: All VET industries within the EU will be required to recognise each others qualifications to allow more work mobility for European citizens.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Transportation and Storage
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification
Product information With the development of the TRECVET analytic software tool the project aims to provide the SCV sector as well as the wider vocational sector with a tool that allows recognition of qualifications and also contributes to the devlopment of the ECVET system.