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EURIAC at European ECVET conference in Brussels

Andréas Mårtensson, EURIAC, (second from the right) was invited to the panel discussion at the ECVET conference. Other experts involved from the left: Alain Bultut, Karin Kuessner, Martine Paty, Michel Aribaud and Manuela Bonacci.

The EURIAC project is now summarizing its results and experiences. All partners involved in the project has expressed it has been a most challenging and stimulating experience, especially getting to know each other’s educational context and elaborating with the tools of the European framework for vocational education and training – ECVET. 

The EURIAC project has now and is still disseminating its results participating in a number of events and discussions. For instance, in the end of October, 2013, the project was invited as speakers to the European ECVET conference ‘National Implementation of ECVET – Projects, Instruments, Challenges and Solutions’ in Brussels. The EURIAC project is still one of few projects in Europe that has made practical use of the ECVET tools organising transnational mobility. As such, there are many target groups interested in the project results, especially how to create units and describe learning outcomes.

The EURIAC project was not only invited as speakers to the conference in Brussels, Kungsbacka municipality, being the lead partner of the project, participated in the panel discussion closing the first day of the conference.

Moreover, in order to be released to the conference, German BIBB had finalized its discussion paper on the ECVET process in Europe – Implementing ECVET: crediting, recognition and transfer of learning outcomes between European target stipulations and national system conditions (http://www.bibb.de/veroeffentlichungen/de/publication/show/id/7156). The EURIAC project has contributed to the paper with an article about the EURIAC results and experiences working on ECVET from a Swedish perspective.

Pernilla Öhberg and Andréas Mårtensson, the representatives from the EURIAC project participating in the conference in Brussels, received a lot of interest, feedback, and invitations from other participants at the conference. For example, the Hungarian educational system is being reformed deploying the learning outcomes approach to describing learning content. The unit manager in charge of reforming vocational education and training at the National Labour Office in Hungary – Kinga Szebeni – was very impressed by the EURIAC project and its work on units and learning outcomes. She expressed a sincere wish for the project to come to Hungary to share its experience on how to describe learning outcomes.

In conclusion, the impression from the conference is that all stakeholders involved in the ECVET process think that learning outcomes approach is the heart of ECVET. And within the learning outcomes approach, the most challenging question that still remains to be solved is how to describe, work on, and assess competences? 

Andrèas Mårtensson, Lead partner EURIAC, with Staffan Sundin from SKF Tekniska gymnasium, Sweden.

Pernilla Öhberg, project manager EURIAC and Andrèas Mårtensson, Lead partner EURIAC at one of the workshops. At the right the facilitator Anna Butteroni.


For further information, please contact:

Andréas Mårtensson
Kungsbacka kommun, Sweden
Telephone: +46 300 834199

Pernilla Öhberg
Elof Lindälvs gymnasium, Sweden
Telephone: +46 709 921035