Following the announcement that the UK will not take part in the 2021-2027 Erasmus+ programme, ECVET UK closed its services from 1 January 2021.
The ECVET network still operates across Europe, offering information and support services to help learners and organisations find out about the ECVET technical framework. The ECVET experts offer a direct link to local knowledge and explain how the ECVET tools and templates can be used in the delivery of mobility programmes, supporting learners in getting the most out of their international experience and ensuring a better understanding of learning provisions and qualifications in other countries.
UK beneficiaries can continue to use the resources on this page to support their international work.
What is ECVET?
The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a technical framework which supports the transfer, recognition and accumulation of learning outcomes. ECVET provides a set of principles and tools that facilitate the process of learner recognition, with a view to achieving a qualification.
In ECVET, tools and templates can be used in the delivery of mobility programmes, supporting learners in getting the most out of their international experience and ensuring a better understanding of learning provisions and qualifications in other countries.
The use of learning outcomes creates a clear picture of what a learner will be able to do by the end of a course. ECVET provides templates to facilitate the learning mobility process, namely:
- The Learning Agreement (LA); and
- The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The templates confirm the learning duration and expected learning outcomes as well as plans for credit transfer and accumulation.
To find out more about ECVET and how it can be beneficial to your mobility projects, watch our ECVET videos below which feature training tips for the recognition of learning as well as testimonials from organisations who have implemented ECVET into their mobility programmes.
Hear from ECVET expert Frances Thom on the range of ECVET factsheets that are on offer to help you to include ECVET in your project.
Hear from ECVET experts Paul Whitney, Consultant and Sian Holleran, European and International Coordinator at CollegesWales on how to use the ECVET Memorandum of Understanding and the Learning Agreement in your mobility projects. These are two of the key tools used in Erasmus+ mobilities to recognise learning that is acquired overseas.
Watch an overview of the EU tools ECVET and Europass and find out more about their impact on the recognition of learning:
Learn more about how ECVET can benefit your organisation. Clare Jeffries of Portal Training talks about her experiences on using ECVET to help deliver VET mobility projects:
Find out how ECVET can be beneficial to your mobility projects. Jim Anderson of Glasgow Clyde College shares his thoughts and experiences on using ECVET and Learning Outcomes to help deliver mobility projects:
Welsh apprentices, Briony and Shane, share their experience of Erasmus+ mobility, discussing the benefits for themselves and their employer, Tata Steel:
The benefits of ECVET
The use of ECVET principles can lead to a more beneficial mobility experience for learners and a more valuable relationship between partner organisations.
ECVET for learners
Mobility programmes can become more attractive to learners with tangible outcomes that relate to an existing VET programme or qualification. Receiving formal recognition for the learning achievements acquired during a mobility abroad means that learners no longer have to repeat or catch-up missed elements of learning on return. Following the ECVET principles, quality assured and well-documented learning puts learners in a better position to present acquired skills to employers.
ECVET for VET institutions/practitioners
VET providers can develop more productive long-term partnerships with their partners oversees, facilitate increased learner participation and enhance programme design. Learning from their peers in other European countries, VET practitioners can enhance programme design, learning delivery and learning assessments. Through the use of learning outcomes, ECVET allows for improved design and enhanced quality assurance in the delivery of mobility programmes. You can watch a user story on the benefits of ECVET for your organisation. You can also take a look at the ECVET and Employers factsheet (145 KB), which provides details on employer involvement and its benefits, as well as possible concerns and ways to overcome them.
Download the what is ECVET document (157 KB) and the ECVET and ErasmusPro factsheet (163 KB) to read more about what ECVET is and how it can be applied to mobility periods. You can also access the factsheet about the benefits of ECVET (143 KB) for learners and practitioners.