Learning across borders

Qualification is European citizens’ major currency on the European labour market. But in order to use this currency properly the value of the different currencies needs to be comparable and citizens’ abilities– that have been accomplished in different ways - need to be documented. Both requirements are addressed and fostered by European Vocational Education and Training instruments.

Making learning transparent across borders

In order to understand and make qualifications understood within any kind of cross-border mobility of workers and learners, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has been put in place. The EQF allowing job seekers, recruiters and VET providers to get an idea of the level of qualification an individual has when holding a certain (foreign) qualification. This allows not only the comparison of a foreign qualification with the well-known national ones but allows also valuable insights into the abilities that can be expected from a qualification/certificate holder especially in terms of responsibility he/she can take on and the autonomy of his/her work. In this way the EQF makes learning – in terms of formal qualifications/ certificates – transparent across borders in the context of learner and worker mobility.

Recognising learning across borders

Workers and learners collect their abilities in very different ways and on very different places alongside their individual learning and working paths:

  • Learners spent parts of their formal training abroad to increase not only their vocational but also their intercultural and social skills.
  • Workers gather many years of experience that go far beyond the formal qualification/ certificate they originally acquired.
  • Learners and workers change their career paths but carry very valuable experiences and abilities with them into the new career.
  • Workers bring formal qualifications and certificates from abroad into another European country and aspire (formal) recognition of their foreign qualification.

These are just a few cases that require the recognition of learning across (political, sectoral and institutional) borders. The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) intends to facilitate the process of putting all those pieces together.

The proa project visualised in 3 mintues only how learning across borders intends to work with ECVET:

Video source: proa project (http://youtu.be/xG8TuNRfGTs)

Further information on learning across borders

In order to learn more about realising learning across borders please check the euVETsupport users area.