EQAVET-EQF-ECVET Joint Seminar
Coordination between the European tools: EQAVET, ECVET and EQF has been highlighted as one of the priorities of the EQAVET Work Programme 2010-2012.
In order to enhance this cooperation the Secretariats of the three networks organised a joint seminar: ‘Assuring the quality of VET qualifications – The contribution of EU tools to the definition and re-definition of learning outcomes based standards’.
The seminar was held on 14 and 15 November 2011 in Bonn and was hosted by the National Agency Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training.
The joint seminar created an opportunity for a structured reflection on the interaction between the EQF, ECVET and EQAVET instruments. It provided a forum for national stakeholders involved in the development of learning outcomes standards to consider how to make best use of the tools and enhance co-operation in their implementation to support the development of high quality VET qualifications.
DAY ONE: Monday, November 14th
13.00 | Welcome: Klaus Fahle, National Agency Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
13.10 | Introduction to the seminar: Erik Hess, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
13.30 | Presentation on the theme: Assuring the quality of VET qualifications – The contribution of EU tools to the definition and re-definition of learning outcomes based standards: Jens Bjornavold, Cedefop
13.45-15.15 | Presentation of case studies on the seminar theme
- 1st case study presentation – Car mechatronic qualifications in Germany: Prof. Georg Spöttl, University of Bremen
- 2nd case study presentation – Food manufacturing/processing in Northern Ireland: Cathy Heathwood, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment and Nick Gibson, Department for Employment and Learning
- 3rd case study presentation – Bricklaying: standards in 8 Member States (BE, DK, EL, FR, LT, NL, PL and England): Prof. Linda Clarke, University of Westminster
15.15 | Coffee break
16.00-18.00 | Strengths and limitations of national approaches with regard to the defining and re-defining of learning outcomes based VET standards and underpinning quality assurance mechanisms
DAY TWO: Tuesday November 15th
09.00-10.45 | Strengths and limitations of the EU tools as regards their ability to promote and guide their national standards-setting processes and underpinning quality assurance
10.45 | Coffee break
11.15-13.00 | Suggestions for the further development of, and enhanced synergy between, the EU tools in view of national needs and experiences
13.00 | Lunch
14.30 - 16.15 | Plenary session
14.30 | Presentations on the outcomes of workshops
15.00 | Moderated discussion with the audience
15.15 | Moderated panel discussion to consider the main conclusions of the seminar and follow-up actions to comprise an agenda for future co-operation:
Moderator: Mike Coles
Panellists: Anita Kremo, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
Herman Nelhs, DGB- Bundesvorstand, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Jos Noesen, Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, Luxembourg
Peter Thiele, Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
16.00 | Closing address
16.15 | End
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