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Annual ECVET Forum: Flexible Pathways to Vocational Skills

Date: 11 October 2016
Location: Rome, Italy
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11 October, 2016 - Rome, ITALY


The topic of the ECVET Annual Forum 2016 is ‘Flexible pathways to vocational skills’. The Annual Forum will bring together policy makers, ECVET experts, social partners and VET practitioners to discuss how ECVET can be developed, in the context of New Skills Agenda for Europe, to make vocational pathways more open and flexible. This will be discussed based on experiences and challenges related to such areas as work based learning, re-training and up-skilling of adults or the validation of skills from prior learning in different learning environments.

The Annual Forum will be an opportunity to learn more about progress in different European countries, share practical approaches and experiences of working with ECVET and network with other participants.

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What is ECVET?

The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a European instrument designed to support lifelong learning, the mobility of learners and the flexibility of learning pathways to achieve qualifications. Developed by Member States in cooperation with the European Commission, ECVET has been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2009. The adoption and implementation of ECVET in the participating countries is voluntary.

ECVET is based on concepts and principles  which are used in a systematic way to establish a common and user-friendly language for transparency, transfer, accumulation and recognition of learning outcomes. Some of these concepts and processes are already embedded in many qualifications systems across Europe. The main ECVET concepts and principles are:

  • Learning outcomes, which are statements of knowledge, skills and competence that can be achieved in a variety of learning contexts.

  • Units of learning outcomes that are components of qualifications. Units can be assessed, validated and recognised.

  • ECVET points, which provide additional information about units and qualifications in a numerical form.

  • Credit that is given for assessed and documented learning outcomes of a learner. Credit can be transferred to other contexts and accumulated to achieve a qualification on the basis of the qualifications standards and regulations existing in the participating countries.

  • Mutual trust and partnership among participating organisations. These are expressed in Memoranda of Understanding and Learning Agreements.

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