What is ECVET?
The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a technical framework which supports the transfer, recognition and accumulation of learning outcomes. ECVET provides a set of principles and tools that facilitate the process of learner recognition, with a view to achieving a qualification.
In ECVET, a series of tools and templates can be used in the delivery of geographical mobility programmes, supporting learners in getting the most out of their international experience and ensuring a better understanding of learning provisions and qualifications in other countries.
The use of learning outcomes creates a clear picture of what a learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course. ECVET provides templates to facilitate the learning mobility process, namely the Learning Agreement (LA) and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which confirm the learning duration and expected learning outcomes as well as plans for credit transfer and accumulation.
The benefits of ECVET
The use of ECVET principles can lead to a more beneficial mobility experience for learners and a more valuable relationship between partner organisations.
ECVET for learners
Mobility programmes can become more attractive to learners with tangible outcomes that relate to an existing VET programme or qualification. Receiving formal recognition for the learning achievements acquired during a mobility abroad means that learners no longer have to repeat or catch-up missed elements of learning on return. Following the ECVET principles, quality assured and well-documented learning puts learners in a better position to present acquired skills to employers.
ECVET for VET institutions/practitioners
VET providers can develop more productive long-term partnerships with their partners oversees, facilitate increased learner participation and enhance programme design. Learning from their peers in other European countries, VET practitioners can enhance programme design, learning delivery and learning assessments. Through the use of learning outcomes, ECVET allows for improved design and enhanced quality assurance in the delivery of mobility programmes.