Using competences & skills as the link between job offers and training opportunities


One of the key aspects of the market is to provide accurate links between the actual needs of the market and the training opportunities available in terms of skills and competences. In an ideal system, businesses will be able to describe their job offerings though a well-defined schema (including skills and competences needed for this position) and at the same time, individuals who want to apply for the specific position will be able to see if they meet the requirements defined by the business or if they need to improve their profile by taking specific courses that address the specific competences and skills of the specific position.… Click to read the full post

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The ECVET-STEP project has been working on the development of instruments (e.g. software tools and standards, such as RULOs) and the methodology for these tools to be used and integrated in existing workflows and practices related to Vocational Education & Training. In this context, one of the challenges to be met by the project is  for it to be able to showcase the effectiveness of RULOs for the efficient adoption of ECVET principles by organisations engaged in mobility-based VET activities across Europe.

The ECVET-STEP project is also working towards the transformation of the systems’ architecture design and the associated metadata Application Profile for RULOs into a set of software components and services that can allow and facilitate the implementation and interoperability of competence-oriented software applications for VET.… Click to read the full post

ECVET-STEP: Developing a Model of European-Wide Learning Mobility in VET


The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a powerful tool of the strategic framework for European cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020) for increasing cross-border cooperation in education and training. ECVET aims to lead to portable qualifications and transferable learning outcomes, thereby making learning mobility and lifelong learning a reality for young and adult learners.

EU Member States have started implementing ECVET, as CEDEFOPʼs (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 monitoring reports show. However, there has been a widespread feeling among ECVET working groups and officials in charge of ECVET in Member States that common guidelines are needed to support the strategy formulation and peer learning.… Click to read the full post

Agricultural Alliance for Competence and Skills based Training: Next project meeting


ACT_logoThe Agricultural Alliance for Competence and Skills based Training (ACT) is a project that aims to facilitate and accelerate a better match between the needs of the agricultural labour market and the vocational educational training opportunities by engaging core actors from the complementary fields (VET, labour market and policy) in a constant and constructive dialogue. Practically, it aims to reduce the mismatch between new jobs and existing skills in the agricultural sector and to improve the agricultural curriculum design and delivery by innovative VET services and broad dissemination throughout whole Europe. The project is co-funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), Leonardo da Vinci Programme, (Development of Innovation type) and Agro-Know is one of the eight (8) project partners.… Click to read the full post