NCP-VET-CO project

Cooperation network between NCPs


Through the NCP-VET-CO project the NCPs of Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Romania have created platform for dialogue and cooperation, for addressing common or conflicting challenges and – eventually – to build mutual trust. These are countries with similar background regarding their VET systems and developing their NQFs
. Also the free movement of persons between these countries can be considered rather high.

As a result of this project a paper was composed in order to reflect on and summarise national experiences of partner countries as regards design, development and implementation of NQFs having specific interest on VET qualifications. This has given a stronger basis for international co-operation, understanding and comparison. Topics covered in this document were discussed among project partners during 5 peer learning meetings. These meetings gave the opportunity to share best practices, find out each partner’s strengths and use the knowledge in developing and implementing the NQF in their own country.

In practice a NQF is much more than a grid of qualifications’ levels – a framework usually signals a political or strategic vision for the qualifications system and offers some means of achieving that vision. The NQFs can be a key to understanding the types of learning that are recognised in a country, how learning experience is valued and how the qualifications system works to award these qualifications. The EQF is a tool for encouraging such understanding – by creating learning outcomes based levels the EQF acts as a translation device for international understanding. However it is increasingly clear that in addition to the EQF the national qualifications frameworks or systems need to have a clear and accepted basis in levels in order to reference the national qualifications to the EQF and allow translation to be built on good understanding. Partners were interested to know if the levels of qualifications achievements in the country are comparable to those in other countries, since the competitiveness of economies may depend on valid comparisons.

There were held 5 two-day meetings with different topics:

  1. The role and tasks of NCP; The role of NCPs in recognition of VET-qualifications; National Qualification Systems in each country;
  2. General information about the situation regarding National Qualifications Framework in each partner country; VET qualifications in the NQF and plans/decisions made concerning their placement in the European Qualifications Framework; Level descriptors for VET qualifications (competences/learning outcomes); the process and methodology used;
  3. Recognition of VET-qualifications by means of EQF; Recognition of competencies when moving towards a professional/VET-qualification; Good practices how countries have used ECVET in this process;
  4. Quality assurance systems in partner countries; Putting into practice: sectors and professional areas where each country has best practices in describing the learning outcomes and evaluation criteria;
  5. Classification of competences and professions / VET-qualifications; Progress in referencing/writing the referencing report in each country; Career counselling.

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