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Understanding qualifications

Certificates, diplomas and titles are commonly known as qualifications. Their purpose is to show employers, training providers and individuals what the person holding the qualification has learned and can do.
Every country issues many different qualifications. But for the European labour market to work as intended – that is, for European citizens to be able to work in any EU country – employers, schools and education authorities need to understand what qualifications from other EU countries represent.
Cedefop helps to achieve this mutual understanding by contributing to the concept, design, development and implementation of common European instruments and principles in education and training.
These are designed to help people progress through education and training at any age, to change career or move abroad for work or further education. They are also expected to lead to greater consistency in employment, education and training policy throughout Europe. In addition, ESCO, the classification of European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations aims at providing a single language for all jobseekers, employers and educators.

The common EU instruments and principles include:

Cedefop gives high priority to strengthening synergy and coherence between the EU tools an issue critical for their further implementation and a condition for strengthening their relevance and usefulness to end users. Contributing to the above, Cedefop will support the Commission’s initiative to set up a ‘European area of skills and qualifications’. The purpose of this initiative is to clarify how the European tools can be better connected and further developed in the period 2015-2020. Cedefop will systematically address existing and potential links between the tools and indicate where simplifications and synergies are possible.

 

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Associated Projects

News

Adult skills and VET: further findings from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills
Adult skills and VET: further findings from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (14/10/2014) new
Adults with upper-secondary VET qualifications generally have lower levels of literacy and numeracy proficiency than people with general upper-secondary education, according to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). This is not surprising.
New data comparing literacy rates in general and vocational education
New data comparing literacy rates in general and vocational education (01/10/2014)
Literacy skills of adults aged 25-64 with general education tend to be higher than for those with vocational qualifications across all European countries covered by the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills.
ECVET Magazine No 20 (June 2014)
ECVET Magazine No 20 (June 2014) (08/09/2014)
Keeping you informed about European Credit System for Vocational Education & Training
Credit transfer systems: what will it take for them to work together?
Credit transfer systems: what will it take for them to work together? (08/09/2014)
Last May, Cedefop held an expert workshop on how credit transfer systems can open doors between vocational and higher education. Participants investigated how credit transfer systems work in practice, and sought complementary and alternative solutions to the challenges these systems face.

Events

 
ECVET Forum 2014 'Trusting skills and qualifications in the Europe of tomorrow' (29/07/2014)
30/10/2014 to 31/10/2014 Vienna, Austria
 
Cedefop conference 'Stepping up the pace' (09/07/2014)
27/11/2014 to 28/11/2014 Thessaloniki, Greece

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