TRECVET - Transnational Recognition of European Certification in Vocational Education and Training.

In the EU there are numerous industries and professional bodies who's regulations, training methods and examination requirements vary dependent on the specific requirements of the individual Member States; the result is that qualifications and certificates are not universally accepted or transferable. This situation restricts mobility for suitably qualified personnel, trainers and learners within the EU and has lead to the creation of the European Credit system in Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) which aims to remedy these problems.
The specific need for this project arises because currently within the 'Small Commercial Vessel' (SCV) maritime sector of the EU, qualifications are not mutually recognised between the authorities of Member States.
Therefore nationally qualified professionals are excluded from commanding identical vessels, operating under different national flags.

The project will develop software methods to make transparent syllabi comparisons, resulting in the online tool TRECVET. This will be achieved by breaking down syllabi into their most fundamental elements and then presenting these so that meaningful information on commonalities, differences and country specific requirements can be identified. By this technique, qualifications and learning outcomes become transparent and comparable, which in the wider framework of ECVET, leads to transferability, recognition and mobility across Europe.
The tool will be designed to be scalable and able to accept syllabi from any VET industry within Europe.
This tool will enable decision makers to comply with their commitments to the ECVET strategy which requires that "by 2012 Member States are expected to have created the necessary conditions and measures for the gradual implementation of the ECVET".
Presented as a publicly accessible website, this tool will empower learners and trainers to make informed decisions about study and career paths, thereby gaining better job placements and mobility.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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