Transnational Recognition of European Certificatio..
Transnational Recognition of European Certification in Vocational Education and Training
Start date: Oct 1, 2011,
In the EU there are numerous industries and professional bodies who's regulations, training methods and examination requirements vary dependent on the specific requirements of the individual Member States; the result is that qualifications and certificates are not universally accepted or transferable. This situation restricts mobility for suitably qualified personnel, trainers and learners within the EU and has lead to the creation of the European Credit system in Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) which aims to remedy these problems. The specific need for this project arose because currently within the ‘Small Commercial Vessel’ (SCV) maritime sector of the EU, qualifications are not mutually recognised between the authorities of Member States. Therefore nationally qualified professionals are excluded from commanding identical vessels, operating under different national flags.The project has developed software methods to make transparent syllabi comparisons, resulting in the TRECVET Comparison Tool. This was achieved by breaking down syllabi into their Fundamental Elements (FEs) and then presenting these so that meaningful information on commonalities, differences and country specific requirements can be identified. By this technique, qualifications and learning outcomes become transparent and comparable, which in the wider framework of ECVET, leads to transferability, recognition and mobility across Europe.The tool is designed to be scalable and able to accept syllabi from any VET industry within Europe.This tool enables decision makers to comply with their commitments to the ECVET strategy.Presented as a publicly accessible website, this tool also empowers learners and trainers to make informed decisions about study and career paths, thereby gaining better job placements and mobility.
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