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Invitation to contribute to BIBB’s discussion paper on the ECVET process in Europe

Christiane Eberhardt, BIBB, responsible for cooperative evaluation in the EURIAC project.

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) is recognised as a centre of excellence for vocational research and for the progressive development of vocational education and training (VET) in Germany.
BIBB works to identify future challenges in VET, stimulate innovation in national and international vocational systems, and develop new, practice oriented solutions for both initial and continuing vocational education and training.
In the EURIAC project, BIBB is responsible for cooperative evaluation and has provided crucial guidance to the project team on ECVET throughout the project process.
In the EURIAC project, four units in industrial automation has been designed and described in terms of learning outcomes. The units have now been tested in practice by carrying out international mobility with students from Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, and Spain.

Even though the project still has half a year left to be completed, the project team has made numerous experiences and insights that could provide input to the ongoing implementation process of ECVET at both European and national level. That is also the reason why BIBB invited the EURIAC project to share its experiences and results contributing with an article in the discussion paper on ECVET that will be presented at the ECVET forum in Brussels in the fall of 2013.


- It has provided me both joy and headache, Kenneth Karlsson, Swedish vocational teacher participating in the EURIAC project, claims smilingly. It was tough work at times but it has given me insights, new experiences, and increased professional competence that I would not have gained any other way. I now understand what is great about Swedish vocational training, but also what we need to change to improve it. Learning how to handle the ECVET tools has also improved my understanding of the Swedish and other European educational systems and I think we have a lot to gain if we would 'ECVETise' Swedish vocational training.

The article will be ready for download on the EURIAC website when published.

If you want to know more, please contact:
Christiane Eberhardt at The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
Phone: +49 1777126902
E-mail: eberhardt@bibb.de