Cedefop’s policy learning forum on the definition and writing of learning outcomes will explore the way learning outcomes approaches are applied in initial vocational education and training (IVET) throughout Europe. It will be the first in a series of events that aim to open up for a continuous process of sharing and learning in this area. The PLF will focus on the following questions:

  • How are learning outcomes expectations defined and articulated?
  • What is the content and profile of intended learning outcomes?
  • Who are involved in the definition and articulation of learning outcomes?
  • Why has a particular approach been chosen and to what extent is this embedded in particular education and/or employment policies?

Cedefop’s research shows that there is no single way of defining and applying learning outcomes but that an increasing amount of experience and expertise is now generated at national and sectoral level. The forum will exploit this experience and expertise and seek to identify main challenges and opportunities in this area. The focus of the event will be on qualifications from initial VET (EQF levels 3-4). Taking national standards and/or curricula as a starting point, the forum will explore how these have been defined and described using a learning outcomes/competence based approach. Three concrete qualifications cases from the crafts, industry and service sectors will be used:

  • Plumbing (Heating and cooling)
  • Machine operator (CNC)
  • Tourism/travel sales and services

The forum will gather experts and other stakeholders including Social Partners directly involved in the definition, writing and review of learning outcomes for VET. This ‘hands-on approach’ allows for an informed exchange of experiences potentially adding substantial value to existing national policies and practises. Prior to the event, Cedefop will distribute background material, reflecting Cedefop’s comparative research in the area.

For further information on the policy learning forum, contact:

For logistical questions: Joanne Basiakou joanne.basiakou [at] cedefop.europa.eu (Joanne Basiakou)
For content-related questions: Slava Pevec Grm Slava.Pevec-Grm [at] cedefop.europa.eu (Slava Pevec Grm) and Jens Bjornavold jens.bjornavold [at] cedefop.europa.eu (Jens Bjornavold)

Event details

Event Date(s)
24/09/2015 - 25/09/2015
Event Type
Restricted participation
Cedefop involvement




Background note



Joanne Basiakou
Slava Pevec Grm
Senior expert, project manager
Jens Bjørnåvold
Senior expert, project manager