The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training/ECVET is established as EU instrument in the Copenhagen Declaration in 20021, involving 33 European countries in its implementation. Its aim is to face the challenges, opportunities and requirements of the new Europe, particularly the enlargement of the European Union, in the field of education and training. Furthermore it answers demands at international level as the global competition intensifies, and the increase in the high number of low-skilled workers and the ageing of the work population, among others.
Consequently in the current European framework of Vocational Education and Training, it is essential, to consider the current situation in Europe in which each country has its own system for vocational education and training.
Therefore a system is necessary for harmonizing the current situation of vocational education and training. The ECVET system aims to achieve this by facilitating transfer, recognition and accumulation of learning outcomes, mobility and recognition being its main objectives.
ECVET's objective is to promote mutual trust, transparency and recognition of competences and qualifications in Vocation Education Training (VET) across the 27 EU Member States and is concerned with education and training systems and different types of institutions. ECVET will not replace the national systems, it promotes the flexibility and the mobility of these systems and the mutual recognition. In fact, in countries where there is a VET national system or similar the competent institutions will establish arrangements to transform national systems into ECVET.
ECVET related activities within EHRO-N
* Customised Seminars:
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training/CEDEFOP.
- Cedefop (2010). The ECVET development in Europe.
- DG Education and Culture documents on lifelong learning policy (including Cedefop)
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ECVET pilot projects
- Examples of Projects (in their websites there are documents as the MoU or the LA)