In April 2018, 15 sectoral qualifications frameworks were officially approved, marking agreement between educators and employers on qualifications required by the labour market.
The frameworks have been developed in cooperation with sectoral experts and correspond to national qualifications framework levels 2 to 7. They include descriptions of sector-specific learning outcomes at each level: knowledge, skills and competences (autonomy and responsibility).
The framework of each sector comprises core and linked occupations, specialisations and level(s) of qualifications. The sectoral qualifications frameworks cover only those occupations essential for performing professional activities related to the sector and ensuring a complete cycle of production and/or services provided by the sector. It is expected that these occupations will be in high demand and vocational education and training (VET) will be able to provide relevant qualifications for those occupations.
The sectoral qualifications frameworks serve as guidelines for developing and implementing VET programmes, including autonomous modules leading to specialisations.
Implementation of the sectoral qualifications frameworks is part of vocational education reform supported by the 2016-21 ESF project. The project aids VET competitiveness, coordinated development of occupational standards, corresponding modular VET programmes, teaching/learning aids and assessment methods.
Sectoral qualifications frameworks descriptions are available on the website of the National Centre for Education (in Latvian).