Aims and objectives

The overall aim of the project is to create common grounds for referencing national qualifications frameworks and sectoral qualifications/competence frameworks to the EQF, thereby providing for comparability of qualifications on the basis of learning outcomes defined in terms of abilities required by work processes. This shall be enabled by the use of an instrument to be developed within the project: the employability grid[1]. This grid shall be applicable for the assessment of qualifications as well as for the evaluation of frameworks to which qualifications refer; it shall test how far descriptions of frameworks and qualifications make visible what the learning outcomes of qualification processes are in terms of work process requirements, thus supporting employment at the European labour market.

The instrument shall be used in order to draft typologies of national and sectoral frameworks, leading to recommendations for enhancing referenceability of frameworks. On the basis of thus improved framework descriptions, similar national/sectoral qualifications/occupational profiles shall be compared for selected sectors. The results of these piloting activities will be used for final refinement of the employability grid.

The whole process of drafting typologies and comparing qualifications/profiles will be considered in order to find out which work process oriented criteria for referenceability of frameworks can be determined, possibly addable to the catalogue of referencing criteria already defined by the EQF Advisory Group.

Using the results of this evaluation as a starting point, a model of collaboration between private/public stakeholders at European level shall be drafted, to be supported by partnerships at national level. This model shall be flexible enough to match continuously changing work process requirements, but at the same time cover the need of stability in terms of transparent and reliable rules of referencing.

The structure of collaboration shall be arranged around a nucleus of already collaborating stakeholders: the EQF Advisory Group and EQF national contact points. The project consortium, encompassing some of these stakeholders and further partners embedded in networks which could open doors for extending the planned community, shall apply a dissemination strategy intending to overcome the “EQF information divide” between EQF experts and possible users, thereby strengthening the role of the planned community of collaborating stakeholders, and creating a “zone of mutual trust” for smooth future use of the EQF by all kinds of stakeholders.


[1] This name was chosen since the ability to fulfil tasks within concrete work processes is crucial  for being employed. This does not exclude that there additional reasons for getting a job.