Accessible vocational education and training for persons with disabilities
People with disabilities are often unable to complete official Vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes, and are restricted to participating in tailor - made VET courses, which unfortunately do not grant the student any official certification of their gained qualification.
The project “EQF meets ECVET” is a follow up of previous EASPD project, ‘NQF Inclusive’ seeks to address and solve this barrier by offering a new model of recognition of a learning to ease access, especially for disadvantaged learners. Recognition of VET units also gives value to learned qualification parts, transparently showing the trainees’ learning outcomes, and supports these learners to enter the labour market and lifelong learning.
There are two key tools to improve the accessibility to VET programmes
- The EQF (European Qualification Framework) sets a common European standard for education programmes, which should be transposed into Member States’ National Qualification Frameworks (NQF). The framework promotes harmonisation of the level of difficulty of qualifications, establishing an 8-level system of reference. The aim of EQF is to create transparency amongst the European Education systems.
- The ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) is specifically a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students enrolled in VET courses across the EU, and other collaborating countries. It supports mobility for citizens between European Member States by establishing an internationally recognised standard. Moreover it also creates new opportunities for permeability within national education systems, as knowledge level of related VET programmes may be compared, and their value understood.
All these tools and guidance will be presented at the final national conference of the project to be held on Wednesday, 16 September 2015, in Varstveno delovni center POLŽ Maribor, Park mladih 4, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia.
Additionally, the project partners will be part of the upcoming EASPD annual conference on inclusive education in Salzburg the 22 and 23 October 2015.
Varstveno delovni center POLŽ Maribor. Park mladih 4. 2000 Maribor, Slovenia.