European VET Initiatives

There are several related initiatives for vocational education and training to help make qualifications, experiences and skills better appreciated and easier to recognise throughout the EU. The aim is to give greater access to learning or employment opportunities in different countries and encourage greater mobility – for individuals, businesses and other organisations. Other initiatives relate to research, cooperation and providing expertise in the field of vocational education and training.

The European Qualification Framework for lifelong learning (EQF) aims to better link different national qualifications systems, acting as a translation device for employers and individuals to better understand qualifications from different EU countries, thus making it easier to work, study or hire staff abroad.

The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is being developed to help the transfer and recognition of learning experiences in Europe, including those outside formal training systems.

Europass helps people make their qualifications and skills better understood and recognised throughout Europe, increasing their employment prospects. Its web portal includes interactive tools that, for example, allow users to create a CV in a common European format.

European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) aims to assist the EU Member States in moving European cooperation on lifelong guidance forward in both the education and the employment sectors. The ELGPN Quality assurance: evidence-base for policy and systems development thematic activity addresses assurance systems for guidance services and products from a user perspective and on the need for an evidence base for developing policies for guidance provision and resources.

The European Quality Charter for Mobility constitutes the quality reference document for education and training stays abroad. It complements, from the quality point of view, the 2001 Recommendation on mobility for students, persons undergoing training, volunteers, teachers and trainers and has the same scope.

The European research overview (ERO) promotes European VET research reporting and cooperation.

Cedefop Research Arena (Cedra) is to develop and share new thinking about the links between the labour market and skills, a topic which is relevant for academic researchers as well as policy makers at European and national levels.

EfVET - European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training is a unique Europe-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in all European countries.

EAEA-European Association for Education of Adults is a European NGO with 130 member organisations from 41 countries working in the fields of adult learning.

The Training of Trainers Network - TTnet - is a network of national networks set up by Cedefop in 1998 as a Pan-European forum for key players and decision-makers in the training and professional development of vocational teachers and trainers.

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