Linking ECVET to Erasmus+
Depending on national/system- level priorities ECVET can be used for several purposes and implemented at project or system level. Many member states are implementing ECVET at project level to support transnational mobility and lifelong learning. Some member states are however implementing ECVET at system level to reform their VET systems or develop a credit system using ECVET principles.
The UK has all of the main building blocks in place for ECVET implementation with well-established credit and qualifications systems. Thus ECVET is not being implemented or adopted as a Credit Accumulation and Transfer System for the UK.
The UK is using ECVET to promote transnational mobility, to ensure a quality experience for the learner/worker and recognition/validation of their learning. UK ECVET Experts are promoting and encouraging organisations involved in mobility to use ECVET in geographical mobility, linking ECVET to Erasmus+.
UK ECVET National Contact Points (NCPs)
During July 2011 ECVET National Contact Points were established in Scotland (SCQFP), Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation), and CollegesWales (ColegauCymru). An ECVET NCP for England has existed from April 2010 managed by ECCTIS Ltd. These designated contact points work closely with the UK National Agency for Erasmus+ on the implementation of ECVET through the Erasmus+ programme and the co-ordination of the UK team of ECVET Experts.
UK ECVET Experts
ECVET activities are now included in the Erasmus+ National Agency (The British Council and Ecorys UK) yearly work programme. ECVET activities will run for the duration of the Erasmus+ programme (2014 - 2020). Thirteen UK ECVET Experts have been appointed by Ecorys to promote and raise awareness of ECVET. The aims of ECVET activities are to:
- raise awareness of ECVET to key stakeholders;
- promote and encourage organisations involved in mobility to use ECVET in geographical mobility, linking ECVET to Erasmus+;
- provide specific support to organisations in understanding ECVET within the UK context via a suite of guidance materials, events and support visits; and
- develop an ECVET community of practice within the UK.
For further information on the work of the UK ECVET Experts, guidance, resource material and case studies visit www.ecvetexperts.org.uk.