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Routes voor ECVET en Validering voor Domeinen
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The REVAD project implies entering a stage of consolidating implementation of ECVET, simultaneously developing and testing a model for validation and recognition of learning in work placements and for two routes: for the euregional labour market and for education/permeability.This project builds upon previous projects for learner mobility , the implementation of ECVET as tested in the IMPAECT TOI project and the EAGLE DOI project in which Gilde Opleidingen participated. An analogous development in the project is setting up a sustainable framework for staff mobility to upgrade professionalism in an institution “that learns” in order to arrive at a sustainable, structured, experience-driven approach to ECVET implementation with, in the process, setting proper conditions and assuring quality in support of peer learning and transfer of experience, expertise and best practices. In previous mobility and innovation projects Gilde has gone through a preparatory process for the implementation of ECVET for learner mobility, which has resulted in an institutional policy for ECVET implementation linked to domains for the euregional labour market (incl. Lifelong Learning) and education (permeability and learning outcome approach). Being a partner organisation in IMPAECT, with its major objective of implementing ECVET at EQF levels 3-5 on agreed quality levels and applying ECVET’s technical principles and potential, has yielded a sustained development for ECVET-“proof” learner mobility at Gilde Opleidingen supported by an institutional quality assurance framework. The major outcomes of IMPAECT (acquisition, exploitation and sharing of expertise, peer learning effects and, essentially, a feasible and practicable approach for effective implementation) were presented as input and model to VET institutions for testing and for challenging prevailing standards for learner mobility. Starting from GO’s embedded organisational model for internationalisation and infrastructure for operationalisation the underlying approach and objectives of ECVET learner mobility also hold for this mobility project. Moreover, the outomes of the EAGLE DOI project that followed upon the IMPAECT ECVET pilot, are another source of input and expertise for this mobility project as the scope of EAGLE was widened to the supplementary domain of an integrated implementation of EQF, ECVET and ECTS focussing on end-users in close cooperation with stakeholders from working life, VET and Higher Education. This project with learner and staff mobility will zoom in on assessment, validation and recognition of learning outcomes in cooperation with examination boards and competent bodies and in coherence with infrastructural aspects, procedures, rules and regulations, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and quality assurance. Quality standards and assurance, fundamental for ECVET implementation and validation and issues like procedures, assessment methodology, usage of documentation, demonstration of Knowledge, Skills and Competences/Learning Outcomes and the expertise or training of assessors will be screened and monitored alongside current mobility and validation best practices. Consequently, ongoing fine-tuning will be effected and improvements will be made to finally come up with a model for validation and recognition that is widely accepted. Cooperation by all sectors of education as an integral feature of the community of practice, and ECVET-oriented quality audits are to safeguard an integrated, institutional framework or model for quality assurance, a continuous acquisition of expertise and building of an infrastructure for an institution-wide implementation of ECVET. Gilde’s International Platform is concerned with the operationalisation of learner mobility. Designated working groups for internationalisation, contact persons/counsellors and the sectoral offices for work placements and apprenticeships are entrusted with the actual preparation, guidance and support of the students and others involved. The host companies or institutions, selected on the basis of mutual trust, past performance, their participation in the IMPAECT and/or EAGLE projects or good practice and expertise demonstrated in TOI or ECVET pilot projects, will contribute towards developing the validation model by re(de)fining procedures, arrangements and quality measures with regard to assessment and validation. This project is also meant to be exemplary as a sustainable practice for ECVET and Validation approaches in the setting of the national ECVET Community of Practice and the Partnership for Lifelong Learning. Features and outcomes of this project will be transferred to the national and euregional implementation levels, illustrating established standards and necessary conditions for ECVET implementation and validation and ascertaining remaining challenges and areas for improvement.
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