The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) are units of learning outcomes made up of knowledge, competences and skills.
How does it work ?
They consist of points which can be accumulated and transferred to obtain a vocational qualification. They also take into account informal learning processes. They are part of a common European framework and enable students to integrate periods of training conducted abroad into their vocational training pathway.
However, ECVETs do not replace the national systems. Vocational training establishments are currently experimenting with implementing the system. It will no doubt be developed over the coming years.
ECVETs are awarded individually in the framework of partnerships between the establishment that sends the young person out on mobility and the host organisation.
ECVET for apprentices
The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) has been set up to facilitate the recognition of the training, skills and knowledge European citizens have acquired in another Member State.
In concrete terms, before apprentices leave to go abroad, a training contract is signed between their establishment and the host organisation. In this contract, both organisations specify the learning outcomes to be acquired and how they will be assessed, validated and recognised.
During their stay abroad, apprentices acquire knowledge and skills in the form of one or more units.
At the end of their stay, the host organisation assesses what the apprentices have learned and the home establishment validates and recognises learning credits which are added to the points already obtained by the apprentices and go towards obtaining the end qualification.