Eleven years after the first meeting on the creation of a credit transfer system for vocational education and training (ECVET), how committed are countries to applying VET credit transfer to their wider qualifications systems?
Special issue dedicated to the ECVET annual Forum "Stay connected to implement ECVET", which was held in Prague on 13-14 June 2013.
Trust is key to improving permeability between vocational education and training (VET) and higher education, and quality assurance is essential to achieve this, Cedefop Director James Calleja has told a conference on quality assurance in VET and higher education in Brussels (22 and 23 October).
Most countries see the European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET) as an instrument to enable cross-border mobility of vocational students. Hundreds of transnational pilot projects are in place, largely funded by the EU. However, Cedefop’s report concludes that for ECVET to go a step further and contribute to recognition of learning outcomes and allow accumulation of credits towards qualifications, it needs to be firmly and fully integrated into national lifelong learning policies and aligned with evolving validation practices. The briefing note is available in nine languages (Spanish, German, Greek, English, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish and Portuguese) and in two formats: Pdf or eBook optimised for tablets and smartphones.
The latest issue of the ECVET magazine is available for download.
Keeping you informed about European Credit system for Vocational Education & Training
While many countries are well on their way to implementing the European credit system for vocational education and training, credit transfer is still not an integral part of vocational education and training systems. Moreover, there is still work to be done on making all common European tools - the European Qualifications Framework, quality assurance mechanisms and lifelong guidance, as well as ECVET - work as a seamless whole.