The Status Quo of ECVET implementation in France

Stakeholders in France have fully understood the two broad underlying objectives of ECVET which helps :

  • To support European citizen’s, notably workers’, mobility
  • To enhance lifelong learning.


Although, to this date no full-range ECVET solution has been implemented, proof of the awareness by stakeholders of ECVET’s usefulness lies with the direct implication in piloting projects and even in the preparation of France’s readiness of a wide use of the ECVET system. Indeed, private and public stakeholders, including representatives of the French State, through representatives of the Ministry of Education, have participated in pilot projects aimed at testing and improving the comparability of learning outcomes to be acquired when a learner wishes to engage a mobility phase. In this regard, the Transport & Logistics sector has achieved among the most prominent efforts to develop ECVET-compatible solutions.

 

Two examples can be given to illustrate the sector’s dynamic:

  • The Euro Trans Log project : in this project the whole span of VET actors (Ministries, professional organizations, VET providers) from eight EU member States (Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom ) have developed common references for vocational training in Transport & Logistics at EQF level 5. These common references ultimately allowed for the description of learning outcomes acquired through a common qualification by using the EQF descriptors (Knowledge, Skills and Competences). Hence, the project was an opportunity for France, at a time when an update of one of its diplomas (BTS Transport) was under way, to describe the learning outcomes of the officially recognized updated qualification in terms of units of learning outcomes referenced to level 5 of the EQF. This was the first time ever the Transport & Logistics sector in France ever bore a national qualification made ready for ECVET mobility.
  • The Netinvet initiative brings together Transport companies, training providers and professional organizations representing the sector from over a dozen EU member States who seek to enhance the training mobility potential of Transport & Logistics learners throughout Europe. This initiative enables the sector’s French training providers to access a network of stakeholders who help set up learners’ exchanges on classroom based training and work placement abroad, cooperate to develop quality of the training, facilitate the communication and exchange of good practices, regularly inform trainers involved with "mobile learners", promote effective mobility phases by setting up support tools (guides, mobility scenarios, quality assurance charters etc.) helping trainers and tutors find funds for mobility, build mutual trust.

All in all, at a time where ECVET application is still at its infancy stage, France endeavours to develop mobility for learners in general and, in this respect, the Transport & Logistics sector is probably the sector that shows the most encouraging results.

(Last update: September 2013)