European Agenda for VET
On 24-25 October the National Contact Point for ECVET (England) attended a conference dedicated to the European initiatives in the area of vocational education and training. The event specifically focused around the European Credit Transfer System for VET (ECVET), taking stock of the progress made so far and setting the priorities for the future.
In his opening address Mr. Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director-General for Education and Culture at the European Commission, confirmed the continued commitment of the European Commission to develop and harmonise vocational education and training across Europe.
We are facing several major challenges in the area of VET. Firstly, simultaneous co-existence of high youth unemployment and unfilled work places demonstrates the remaining gap between the offer of vocational colleges and the needs of the labour market. Secondly, vast discrepancies in standards and quality of VET provision across Europe continue to create obstacles for mobility of qualified professionals. In order to solve these problems, the EC aspires to launch a single European Area of Skills and Qualifications with commonly-accepted credit transfer system (ECVET) at the heart of it.
During the past few years significant progress has been made, with a number of VET stakeholders across the EU joining their efforts to experiment and develop solutions for ECVET implementation. The conference provided an opportunity for three different EC-funded initiatives (Pilot Projects, ECVET Experts and NetECVET) to get together, share their conclusions and put forward suggestions for future steps.
We are looking forward to the next generation of ECVET initiatives and will aspire to remain actively involved in the development of this exciting translation tool between the VET systems in Europe. If you would like to learn more about ECVET, or explore opportunities for using this tool, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the conference and view the presentations of the speakers, please use this link.