The two credit systems, ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) for higher education and ECVET (European Credit for Vocational Education and Training) for VET, represent different methodological approaches that both aim at facilitating credit transfer and accumulation.

However, to fully support lifelong learning, it is crucial that these systems become connected. In several of the countries participating in this project, qualifications are at boundaries between ECVET and ECTS. For example, the French BTS and the UK Foundation Degree are both designed using the learning outcomes approach and would naturally fit the ECVET logic. However, in order to receive financing of their students’ mobility, institutions awarding these qualifications have to use ECTS.

The project has chosen to test ECVET on qualifications at different EQF levels (4, 5, 6 and 7). These qualifications are situated at the junction of VET and higher education as they are designed according to the learning outcomes approach, favour on-the-job training and respond to a professional standard needed by companies.

Three sectors have been selected: plastics industry, hospitality management and training of trainers.

The choice of the plastic industry sector stems from the fact that some of the partners have already been involved in the Europlastic project – – which aimed at developing a European curriculum in this sector, including teaching in English and internships abroad.

As for hospitality management, this industry requires its workers to be mobile and to experience different types of national cuisines and services in order to progress in their careers.

Lastly, training of trainers appeared to the partners to be of particular relevance in the linkage between ECTS and ECVET.

Project’s main objectives Address the need of a comprehensive area of Education and Training by developing tools and methodologies in order to facilitate a common implementation of ECTS and ECVET

  • Test both credit systems at different EQF levels
  • A joint implementation of both credit systems will enable a greater permeability between VET and HE, thus contributing to a greater mobility (horizontal and vertical) in Europe

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