Partnership for ECVET (PECVET) – Erasmus + KA2: Strategic partnerships for vocational education and training (Innovation )
Period: 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2020
- KES College , Cyprus
- ITT Buonarroti-Pozzo , Italy
- Secondary vocational school of chemistry (SOŠCH), Slovakia
- Sächsische Bildungsgesellschaft für Umweltschutz und Chemieberufe Dresden mbH , Germany
- Byåsen videregående skole , Norway
- European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training , Belgium
- Střední průmyslová škola chemická Pardubice, Czech Republic
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One of the main issues throughout Europe is to ensure and develop the system of quality in VET education. Development of initial as well as further (vocational) education and its quality improvement may be supported by various tools. The National Qualification Framework (NQF) in each country represents the most important national ones, the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is an important representative of the European ones. Both tools have many advantages that can be used not only separately but also using their key aspects in a parallel way. Both tools focus on promoting transparency and qualification accessibility, they work with learning outcomes and have a clear relationship with the European Qualification Framework (EQF). So, this is the main reason for looking at the way of linking NQF with ECVET.
One of the very effective options for how to increase the proportion of students gaining experience in partners within the EU is to implement a new concept of mobility based on ECVET principles.
The project consortium consists of six schools and a European network from seven countries: SPŠCH Pardubice, Czech Republic, Byesen videregående school in Trondheim, Norway, ITT Buonarroti-Pozzo in Trento, Italy, SBG Dresden, Germany, KES College in Nicosia, Secondary Technical School of Chemistry in Bratislava, Slovakia and the European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET) in Brussels, Belgium.
„Partnership for ECVET“ is a two-year project and the objective is to link ECVET with the relevant NQF to be able to use learning outcome-based courses in order to increase the quality and transparency of VET and increase student mobility and quality. This will be achieved through the development of learning outcome based modules (ULO) for chemistry / pharmacy, cosmetics, car mechanics, gastronomy and health care and by qualifying participating and other teachers through a training course to create learning outcome-based modules for their field / industry, using ECVET and EQF / NQF principles. This will foster the integration of student mobility into the formal learning pathway and provide greater transparency in terms of individual learning experiences.
The target groups of the project are:
- VET schools and providers
- VET teachers
- VET learners
The project will jointly reinforce the following products aimed at VET teachers and providers throughout the EU:
- Methodological Guide, which will help schools identify and use appropriate methodology to test and implement LOs and ULOs in a work-based learning environment
- Portfolio of LOs and ULOs containing on-line databases of LOs and ULOs
- Training course leading to the development of the Mobility Manual – a guide to make the mobility project smoothly going and problem-free
Participation in the project provides an opportunity for the partners to up-skill teachers and to develop the organization’s capacity by facilitating learning experiences for the staff, which will ultimately impact learners. The project will have a positive impact on the number and quality of mobility and vocational training that will be more competence-based and customer-oriented. Teachers involved in the project acquire new competencies related to the structuring of the curriculum into learning outcomes. Support from ECVET (EfVET) experts will ensure quality development and enhance the dissemination and exploitation of project results.