Studyvisit ECVET 2008

In May 2008, under the EU's Lifelong Learning program (www.lebenslanges-lernen.eu) a Study Visit Seminar on ECVET at the vocational schools Rendsburg was completed. The theme was "Opportunities in the mobility of European training. What opportunities does the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)? "The participants came from France, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Finland and Britain.

  participants Studyvisit 2008During the seminar week, the following topics were discussed:
  • Mobility on the European labor market,
  • The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and
  • European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).

 Official announcement of the European Kommsision:

Möglichkeiten der Mobilität in der europäischen Berufsausbildung. Welche Chancen bietet das European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)?

Possibilities of the mobility in the European vocational education and training. Which chances offers the European Credit system for Vocational Education and training (ECVET)?

 

This study visit will take place in Rendsburg/Schleswig-Holstein situated in the North of Germany between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The study visit wants to explore the role and the significance of mobility in initial vocational education and training and follow up the question in which way mobility and the new European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) can prepare trainees for the European labour market.
After a short presentation of the systems of vocational education and training in the countries taking part in the study visit the participants will be expected to search for approaches towards a common European Qualification Framework (EQF) on the basis of their various National Qualification Frameworks (NQF). For this purpose they will be asked to select aspects of their national systems of vocational education and training, submit them to the study visit group for discussion and jointly develop elements for an ECVET.
In the course of the study visit participants will have the opportunity to visit a number of companies offering training places and active on a European scale, e.g. “Hobby Caravans & Campers” and “Peter Wolters AG”, a tool manufacturer of international renown. They will be visiting, moreover, the “Landtag Schleswig-Holstein”, the regional legislature, the coastal area of the Baltic Sea as well as the cities of Kiel and Flensburg.

 

In the working groups, the participants tried to frame and define conditions for the implementation of EQF and ECVET in training and have been extensively analyzed the resulting problems. There were the following results:

  • Job mobility, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF / EQF) and ECVET are mutually dependent and can individually be very difficult.
  • The main target group of ECVET cannot be the initial vocational training (only for mobility), but life-long learning (further education market)
  • It was noted that especially the mobility of professionals in the field of EQF Level 3 a.m. to 6 p.m.Most have made mobilities in the range of Level 6-8.
  • Germany must be qualified in initial vocational training, the content of mediated teaching skills, competences and knowledge to assess and certify assign points. This requires the establishment and the chambers very quickly included into EU projects!
  • Some competences of learning can be EQF Level 2 to Level 4 as others may have seen. It should be clear what the overall level of learning is. For example, as in Britain: at least 60% of the units have to be at Level 3.
  • Schools need more freedom in learning the contents of the received information (see FI, NL). Only in this way can the content to local conditions and for a pupil be adjusted. The schools should also be certified more, and less bureaucracy would be appropriate, otherwise the system is too complicated.
  • They must learn not only formal but also informal learning with certification (NL, FI).
  • There must be a European network of mobility established, with businesses, schools, and Chambers (GB), in order to be able to certify the qualifications.
  • It is not possible to compare and classify all the skills, competences, knowledge of all the professions across Europe. The curriculum content is changing every few years and it must always be reviewed.
  • It must find a system that is as simple as the time of ECTS credits, but is related to qualifications.
  • There should be minimum standards of professional qualifications for each profession in the European labor market to import, so that some vocational qualifications across Europe are secured.

The practical part of the seminar consisted of discussions with the company Flensburger Pilsener and the district of Schleswig craftsmen shank (www.grenzenlose-berufsausbildung.eu). In the discussions it became clear that a joint work on the EQF / ECVET is very important to medium businesses and can bring their concerns in the development of a European labor market.

In a Leonardo pilot project now, we want to continue working on the implementation of ECVET in training work. For inquiries on the subject and seminar results, please mail the form to the BS Rendsburg-GTL.