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VET - Vocational Education and Training
- The ECVET pilot project website - http://www.ecvet-projects.eu/Default.aspx - informs about activities and initiatives to test, implement and further develop ECVET
- Developments in the opening up of VET pathways and the role of VET in labour market integration by Dr.A.McCoshan, Anna Drozd, Emmy Nelisson, Anne-Mari Nevala: http://ec.europa.eu/education/more-information/moreinformation139_en.htm
- ECVET reflector - Study on the Implementation and Development of an ECVET System for Initial Vocational Education and Training. http://ec.europa.eu/education/more-information/moreinformation139_en.htm
- Establishment of the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET (EQARF) May 11 2009. See details here: http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc1134_en.htm
Ministerial Council Conclusions on the future priorities for enhanced European cooperation in VET, from meeting in Bordeaux, 26 November 2008.
Download from here: http://ec.europa.eu/education/vocational-education/doc1143_en.htm
European Universities' Charter for Lifelong Learning
The European Universities' Charter for Lifelong Learning was launched on 12th October 2008 after consultation with all members of the EUA (European Universities Association with more than 800 members), 34 national rectors' conferences and a wide range of European stakeholder organisations, including students and business.
The Charter sets out 10 policy commitments, from wider access to learning, diversifying the student population and increasing the attractiveness of study programmes to the embracing of lifelong learning in a quality culture, strengthening the relationship between research, teaching and innovation, and developing partnerships at local, regional, national and international level.
The Charter also calls on governments to provide "the appropriate legal and financial frameworks to develop lifelong learning". Specific commitments are asked for here too. (The full charter can be downloaded from the EUA website: www.eua.be).
Key Competences for Lifelong Learning - European Reference Framework
Download here: http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc42_en.htm
European Qualifications Framework (EQF):
- Explaining the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning - Key questions and answers
- Qualifications Systems: Bridges to Lifelong Learning (OECD, 2007). In the quest for more and better lifelong learning, there is a growing awareness that qualifications systems must play a part.
Non-formal & informal learning:
- Who actually offers opportunities for non-formal learning? Companies provide the largest part of non formal learning activities in almost all countries (Cedefop, 2009)
- Recognition of non-formal and informal learning in OECD countries: A very good idea in jeopardy? (Patrick Werquin, 2008). Making non-formal and informal learning visible seems to be at the forefront of a lot of public policy in the European Union and OECD countries. It is viewed as one of the possible options to make lifelong learning for all a reality. The writer reflects on some of the benefits and challenges provided by the recognition of non-formal and informal learning.
- Validation of non-formal and informal learning in Europe. A 2007 snapshot (Cedefop, 2007)
- Recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning for VET teachers and trainers in the EU Member States (Cedefop, 2007)
- Recognition and Validation of informal and non-formal learning for VET teachers and trainers. Phase 2 of the study: Analysis of good examples of practice (Cedefop, 2005)
- The learning continuity: European inventory on validating non-formal and informal learning. National policies and practices in validating non-formal and informal learning (Cedefop, 2005)