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: Reusable Units of Learning Outcomes (RULOs)

Accumulation and transfer situations supported by LOs

ECVET_logoThe European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) (see also the CEDEFOP page) strengthens lifelong learning by supporting individuals to move between countries to gain a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. This requires an alignment between the different countries, systems and contexts, and can be achieved on the basis of the acquired skills and competences that are described in learning outcomes. The transfer, recognition and accumulation of assessed learning outcome facilitates the lifelong learning process.

Accumulation and transfer situations supported by LOs

Accumulation and transfer situations supported by LOs

This modular approach is promoted by the use of ECVET framework. In order to further facilitate organisations to “take the ECVET STEP”, the ECVET-STEP project has built upon a design patterns approach, developing shareable and Reusable Units of Learning Outcomes (RULOs).… 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

ECVET-STEP: 4th Project Meeting


The 4th meeting of the ECVET-STEP project took place between 3-5 of June 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia (CAFS), one of the consortium members.

During the meeting, the project partners had the opportunity to discuss about the progress of the ongoing tasks and the successful completion of the past one. During this period, the project is focusing on the implementation of the online services as well as the design of pilot testings that will encourage the participation of potential end users that will make use of the project’s outcomes. At the same time, dissemination, exploitation and project management activities are ongoing throughout the lifetime of the project.… Click to read the full post

ECVET-STEP: Strengthening Training to Employment Pathways in Agriculture


ECVET-STEP_logoECVET-STEP is a project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The project’s mission is to support European citizens and industry to “take the ECVET STEP”: adopt and use ECVET through a step-wise, quality-controlled framework and online services for building knowledge-based employment for the 21st century and beyond.

For those not familiar with the concept, ECVET is the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training, which aims to:

  • make it easier for people to get validation and recognition of work-related skills and knowledge acquired in different systems and countries – so that they can count towards vocational qualifications;
  • make it more attractive to move between different countries and learning environments;
  • increase the compatibility between the different vocational education and training (VET) systems in place across Europe, and the qualifications they offer;
  • increase the employability of VET graduates and the confidence of employers that each VET qualification requires specific skills and knowledge.
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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