In 2008 the European Parliament and Council passed the “Recommendation on the establishment of a European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)”. The aim of ECVET is to facilitate the transfer and mutual recognition of learning outcomes attained in different education systems and in a variety of initial and advanced vocational training contexts. In past years a great number of steps have been undertaken at European level and in the Member States to create suitable framework conditions in which ECVET could be applied.In the present discussion paper, the question is raised as to how far ECVET may generate “added value” even outside of measures to promote geographical mobility. The initial spark for this came from the so-called “second generation” of European projects, in which Member States were funded to test ECVET in their national contexts. The discussion paper also takes up findings, results and approaches from pilot initiatives like DECVET and JOBSTARTER CONNECT, and discusses barriers, options and scope for the use of unit-based concepts at the interfaces within the German (vocational) education system.
Note: "Wissenschaftliche Diskussionspapiere" (Academic Research Discussion Papers) are published by the president of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). They are published under the respective author's name and reflect the author's opinion and not necessarily the publisher's opinion. They are protected by copyright. Their publication aims to foster discussion in professional circles.
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