EQAVET-EQF-ECVET Joint Seminars

Coordination between the European tools: EQAVET, ECVET and EQF has been highlighted as one of the priorities of the EQAVET Work Programme 2010-2015.

In order to enhance this cooperation the Secretariats of the three networks organised two joint seminars:

  • ‘Assuring the quality of VET qualifications – The contribution of EU tools to the definition and re-definition of learning outcomes based standards’, organised by the EQAVET Secretariat. Click here to download the report.
  • 'Using units within professional qualifications', organised by the ECVET Secretariat. Click here to download the report.

The joint seminars created an opportunity for a structured reflection on the interaction between the EQF, ECVET and EQAVET instruments. They 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.

The first seminar on Assuring the quality of VET qualifications – The contribution of EU tools to the definition and re-definition of learning outcomes based standards 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.

Seminar Agenda

DAY ONE: Monday, November 14th

Plenary session

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

15.15 | Coffee break

Workshops-session one 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

Workshops-session two 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

Workshops-session three 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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