- a set of principles which support the recognition of learning so that it counts towards a qualification; principles can be flexibly applied across different countries and educational contexts;
- a common language through which vocational education and training, or VET, providers can better understand learningprovision in other European countries;
- a series of tools and templates able to be used in the delivery of geographical mobility programmes, helping learners to get the most out of their international experience.
ECVET RELIES ON:
- the use of learning outcomes: statements describing what a learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course or programme of learning;
- the use of a Learning Agreement (LA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming, respectively, the learning duration and expected learning outcomes as well as plans for credit transfer and accumulation
- assessment, validation and recognition procedures being agreed by all participants (learners, VET providers, employers).
ECVET CAN BE APPLIED TO:
- all types of geographical mobility for VET learners, ranging from two weeks to twelve months or more;
- all unit-based vocational learning provision, from existing qualifications or awards already being offered in the home country and institution;
- learning programmes in a progressive manner so that partner institutions can learn from their experiences as they develop their network or partnership.
POINTS TO NOTE:
VET mobility practitioners often
find that much of what they
are already doing is consistent
with ECVET principles.
As a mobility practitioner, you might trial ECVET onshorter-term mobility periods and/or focus on one or two units of
learning outcomes being targeted during longer- term mobility.
ECVET does not exist as an organisation;
it is neither an award or quality standard like Investors In People (IIP) nor is it a system for accrediti
ng a qualification or its units.