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The Copenhagen Declaration of the European Council in November 2002 on enhanced European cooperation in VET and as a continuation the Maastricht Communique, placed priority vocational training issues high on the political agenda.
As a follow-up, Cedefop agreed with the European Commission to organise and host a number of e-Communities to promote dialogue and information exchange on the priorities listed in the Declaration. Communities were set up to provide a platform for members of the technical working groups which the Commission has mandated and, at the same time, to offer access to the broader VET community to information and developments. Initially these focused on transparency, quality, credit transfer and guidance.
In the meantime Cedefop has established 6 e-Communities with a total number of more than 2,000 members.
e-Communities related to Policy Development (6)
Cedefop Governing Board
word of explanation
Each e-Community has its own working methods and agenda but they all interact and exchange information. When the individual communities consider themselves to be ready, they offer a broader public the opportunity to Preview some of their work. The e-Communities are also available through the Cedefop website.
Should people want to actively participate in the debate, they can then 'Apply for Membership' of the group. The Animator of the e-Community in question will in each case decide whether to accept or reject the application. When filling out the form it is always advisable to give a brief description of your profile and interest in the community in the section 'Optional Message to Community Administrators'. To find out more, visit the User Guidelines pages of this section.
and European Commission representatives:
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e-Communities related to Policy Development (5)
The Europass Implementation e-Community provides a forum to National Europass Centres to exchange information and experiences.
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Assurance in VET
The present e-Community focuses on quality in VET. It treats information on the developments in this field, mainly within the Member States and at national and European levels. This is the reason that information on managing VET through quality in the rest of the world is although welcomed, scarce.
Apart from Cedefop's own studies, two are the main sources of information: the Member States on one hand, and the European Institutions with the European Commission occupying the central position, on the other hand. This is due to the fact that the European Commission and the Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC) are in charge of promoting VET in the European Union, through the implementation of the European policies in this field as defined in the EU documents and programmes. Besides, DG EAC seats in Cedefop's Governing Board and assures the Centre's budget.
Over the last six years, Cedefop provided DG EAC with technical and scientific support for implementing its programmes on Quality in VET. The first one was called European Forum on Quality in VET with a two-years mandate (2001-2002). The second one, the Technical Working Group on Quality in VET (TWG) was set up in the context of the Copenhagen Declaration for a two-years period (2003-2004) which extended to 2005 also. In October 2005, a major development took place, namely the setting up of the European Network on Quality in VET (ENQA-VET). Members of the e-Community will find information on the work within the Network mainly, whereas the work realised under the European Forum and the TWG is stored within the section on Quality Assurance in VET on the Cedefop website: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/about-cedefop/projects/quality-assurance-in-vet/. Subsequently, the content areas addressed in this e-Community regard the main topics developed within this process.
These topics aim at reinforcing the central policy objective to render VET a vital component of the 2000 Lisbon Council's agenda to make by 2010 Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustaining growth and producing more and better jobs as well as creating greater social cohesion.
the topics addressed in the e-Community focus on the exchange of
models and methods on:
Members will also find information on the Quality strategies developed within enterprises and sectors, with a special interest on the small and medium firms.
All the above is to be consulted in the "Documentation" folder of the e-Community.
The e-Community serves also the communication needs of the members of the ENQA-VET which is actually consisting of the officially nominated representatives of 23 countries plus the representatives of the European social partners, UNICE and ETUC. This is the reason it has a special section devoted to them which is not accessible to the rest of the members.
An e-Community can not contain everything even at the restricted level of the quality in VET. This is the reason we have created a special section with "Links" to several electronic addresses where members can find useful related information and be kept informed of the latest developments.
An e-Community is not a library and it is much the outcome of the interactions between its members. As animator of the present e-Community, I would like to urge members to post by themselves or to send to me information on their activities, needs and news and I shall insert it on their behalf. The quality dimension of education and VET in all their forms and all levels is a constantly evolving field of experimentation and research.
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and Informal Learning
There is clear demand for such a meeting place. During recent years validation of non-formal and informal learning has become a key-element in national and European strategies for lifelong learning. More and more countries have moved from a stage of initial testing and experimentation to full scale implementation where validation has become an integrated part of mainstream education, training and learning systems.
These developments signal a shift in perspective where it is acknowledged that learning takes place in a wide range of settings at work, in voluntary activities as well as in schools equally important to the creation of a knowledge based society. This shift can also be described as one from learning inputs to learning outcomes. While a learning input based approach will emphasise duration and location of learning, an outcome based approach will give priority to what an individual actually knows an/or is able to do.
The e-Community is a tool supporting exchange of experiences and mutual learning in this field. The following issues are of particular relevance;
The development of the education and training pillar of the Lisbon strategy; Education and Training 2010. Validation is currently followed up by the cluster on Recognition of learning outcomes and the members of the e-Community will be invited to provide input to this work.
The implementation and development of the Common European Principles on the Identification and Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning will be given priority in the coming period and the members of the e-Community can provide important support to this work.
At national level, questions related to quality assurance and cost-efficiency of validation are becoming more important. The e-Community can support the exchange of experiences and mutual learning on these themes.
The e-Community will support the development of national and sectoral Communities of Practice. This will include a continuation of support for the development, dissemination and valorisation of transnational projects (such as Leonardo da Vinci Thematic Action and other Pilot Projects).
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Transfer in VET
- European Qualifications Framework
Cedefop: Loukas Zahilas loukas.zahilascedefop.europa.eu
Jens Bjornavold jens.bjornavoldcedefop.europa.eu
The e-Community is supporting the work of the European Commission on a European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and on the establishment of a European Qualifications Framework (EQF). These are two parallel and mutually independent actions based on two separate mandates. ECVET and EQF, are inter-related and have a number of common elements but are also designed for specific purposes. It seems logical to bring both under one virtual umbrella.
The participation in the e-Community provides an opportunity to interested professionals and the wider expert public to accompany the work on both issues in a horizontal perspective by disseminating information and enabling an increasing co-operation between representatives of Member States. This should allow for a bottom-up cooperation through the presence of different stakeholders and experts.
through our community you find the acronyms:
2. EQF standing for the European Qualifications Framework intends to become a device for improving mutual understanding of national and sector qualifications frameworks and for translating levels and ranges of learning throughout Lifelong learning between national systems.
Main tasks of the e-Community are:
of new concepts and schemes for Credit Transfer
of a European Qualifications Framework
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Approaches to LLL
Loukas Zahilas loukas.zahilascedefop.europa.eu
This e-Community was
set up to support the work on development of sectoral qualifications in
line with the Copenhagen Process.
the development of competences and qualifications at sector level, by
reinforcing co-operation and co-ordination especially involving the social
partners. Several initiatives on a Community, bilateral and multilateral
basis, including those already identified in various sectors aiming at
mutually recognised qualifications, illustrate this approach.'
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Trainers in VET
Irina Jemeljanova irina.jemeljanovacedefop.europa.eu
The purpose of this community is to support the activities of the Thematic working group on professional development of trainers in vocational education and training (VET). The Thematic working group on professional development of trainers in VET was launched in February 2012. It is part of European cooperation in education and training ('ET2020').
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Internal e-Communities (1)
The purpose of this site is to provide an information tool for the members of Cedefop's Governing Board. The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) is an agency of the European Union. Created in 1975 with a tripartite Governing Board, it provides services to the European Commission, the European Member States and the Social partners as well as Norway and Iceland.
administered by a Governing Board of representatives of Member State governments,
employer organisations, employee organisations and the European Commission.
BUSINESSEUROPE (the Confederation of European Business), ETUC (the European
workers confederation) and Norway and Iceland participate as coordinators
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