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					Vocational education and training –
Continuity and changes in the new
  Lifelong Learning Programme



  Ljubljana, 8 June 2007
  Éva Birinyi – EAC Executive Agency   ecdc.europa.eu
                         Structure
• LLP – Priority and structure
• LLP – Call for proposals 2007
• Sub-programme Leonardo da Vinci
     • Target groups
     • Priorities
     • Objectives
• Transversal Programme
     • Key Activities
     • Key Activity 1 – EQF
• Continuity and changes


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   The overall priority of the
 Lifelong Learning Programme

The contribution to achieving the Lisbon goal:
    ”making the EU the most competitive
 knowledge-based economy, with sustainable
economic development, more and better jobs,
        and greater social cohesion”



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         Lifelong Learning Programme
LLP: integrated programme 2007-2013, with:

1.       4 sectoral programmes:
     –      Erasmus (school education)
     –      Comenius (higher education)
     –      Leonardo da Vinci (vocational education and training)
     –      Grundtvig (adult education)
2.       One transversal programme with 4 key activities:
     –      Policy cooperation; Languages; ICT; Valorisation
3.       Jean Monnet programme

Programme Decision: No.1720/2006/EC, published on OJ L 327,
    24.11.2006

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       LLP Call for proposals 2007
LLP Call for proposals: EAC/61/2006
• Announcement published on 20.12.2006 in the EU
  Official Journal
• Full text on Europa.eu (DG EAC) website:
   – http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/newprog/index_en.html

• Guide for applicant:
   – http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/index_en.html

• Documents for application on EACEA website:
   – http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/static/en/llp/index_en.htm




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     LLP Call for proposals 2007
Sectoral programmes’ actions:

•   1. Mobility (NAs)
•   2. Partnerships (NAs)
•   3. Multilateral projects (EA and NAs)
•   4. Networks (EA)
•   5. Accompanying Measures (EA)

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Sectoral programme
 Leonardo da Vinci
        2007




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                    Target groups

•   VET institutions or organisations
•   VET associations and representatives
•   Enterprises, social partners and others
•   Bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services
•   Bodies responsible for systems and policies
•   Higher education institutions and research centres
•   Non-profit organisations, voluntary bodies, NGOs




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Priorities for LdV projects – Call 2007

1. Developing the quality of VET systems and practices
2. Continuous training of teachers and trainers
3. Developing relevant and innovative e-learning content
4. European credit transfer for VET
5. Validation of non-formal and informal learning




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1. Quality of VET systems and practices

The Common Quality Assurance Framework:

• Developing and testing quality assurance procedures
• Developing quality indicators for assessment
• Developing partnership and cooperation between
  stakeholders




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 2. Teachers and Trainers in VET

• Identifying quality criteria for qualifications and
  development of VET teachers

• Defining and exploring core criteria and methods for
  identifying the learning needs of VET teachers

• Identifying and/or developing measures, practices or
  tools for continuous adaptation of education and
  training curricula for VET teachers (new job
  requirements in companies, etc.)


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• Identifying new skills and competences for VET
  teachers in the lifelong learning context

• Identifying and exploring new forms of cooperation
  (VET teachers in schools and trainers in companies)

• Developing innovative training offers for VET
  teachers and trainers, e.g.. multilingual
  comprehension and/or Content Integrated Language
  Learning



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3. Innovative e-learning content


• ICT- supported learning, combination of ICT-
  based learning with other learning modes (eg.
  learning groups, family learning)
• Appropriate training / learning materials
• Developing e-learning tools for training quality
  management in VET




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4. European Credit Transfer for VET
(ECVET)

 • Application of credit transfer systems based on
   ECVET principles and development of new
   approaches

 • Development of processes for assessment,
   validation, transfer and recognition of learning
   outcomes for VET qualifications linked to
   effective implementation of a credit transfer system


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5. Validation of Non-formal and Informal
   Learning
• Exchanges of experience and good practice on
   identification, assessment and recognition of
   informal and non-formal learning
• Development of high-quality, cost-efficient
   validation methodologies to be used at European,
   national and sector level
• Development and improvement of standards for
   validation
• Improvement of guidance and counseling on
   validation


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Specific Objectives of Leonardo da Vinci

 1) To support participants in training and further training
    activities in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills
    and qualifications to facilitate personal development,
    employability and participation in the European labour
    market;
 2) To support improvements in quality and innovation in
    vocational education and training systems, institutions and
    practices;
 3) To enhance the attractiveness of vocational education and
    training and mobility for employers and individuals and to
    facilitate the mobility of working trainees.


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          Operational Objectives of
           Leonardo da Vinci (1)
(a) to improve the quality and to increase the volume of
    the mobility of people involved in initial vocational
    education and training and in continuing training
    throughout Europe;
(b) to improve the quality and to increase the volume of
    cooperation between institutions or organisations
    providing learning opportunities, enterprises, social
    partners and other relevant bodies throughout
    Europe;
(c) to facilitate the development of innovative practices
    in the field of vocational education and training
    other than at tertiary level, and their transfer,
    including from one participating country to others;
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            Operational Objectives of
             Leonardo da Vinci (2)

(d) to improve the transparency and recognition of
    qualifications and competences, including those
     acquired through non-formal and informal learning;
(e) to encourage the learning of modern foreign
     languages;
(f) to support the development of innovative ICT-based
     content, services, pedagogies and practice for
     lifelong learning.


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          Types of Projects


1) Multilateral Projects: Development and
   Transfer of Innovation
2) Thematic Networks
3) Accompanying Measures



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Multilateral        Development of              Transfer of innovation
 projects             innovation                  (managed at national level)
                 (managed at European level)
CONTENT        Develop a brand new solution Solution(s) that is (are) already
               to cope with a common        implemented and needs to be
               challenge                    adapted for implementation in
                                            other countries


AIM            Modernisation of systems of     Benefit of the partners and the
               participating countries         country(ies) involved




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Transversal Programme

   4 Key Activities




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                   Transversal programme
                        Priorities (1)
    Key Activity 1:
    Policy cooperation - Studies and comparative research
•   Student access and retention in HE
•   Adult learning: organisation, management, funding
•   Acquisition on key competences in preschools and compulsory education
•   Governance of VET and links VET/HE/work

    Key Actitivity 2 :
    Languages
•   Primary and pre-primary language learning
•   Intercultural understanding and languages for competitiveness and
    attractiveness
•   Motivation
•   Regional and minority languages



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                 Transversal programme
                      Priorities (2)
    Key Activity 3: ICT
•   Assessment of impact of ICT on education
•   Connecting learning communities, knowledge sharing
•   Stakeholder partnerships
    Key Activity 4:
    Dissemination / exploitation of results
•   Infrastructure (analysis, mechanisms, methodologies,
    practical tools)
•   Transversal action at European level (sector, theme, user
    group)
•   Dissemination/exploitation in existing networks


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            Key Activity 1 –
   Policy cooperation and innovation

Other initiatives in 2007:


• European Qualification Framework
• Indicators (tenders)



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 European Qualifications Framework
• Increase transparency and portability of
  qualifications
• Create common reference framework as
  translation device between qualification
  systems and levels
• Cover all levels and forms of learning
• Look at learning outcomes


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    Country A                 Country B
                EQF Level 8
          NQ
Q         F/                    NQ
          NQ    EQF Level 7
                                F/
           S                    NQ        Q
          NQ    EQF Level 6      S
Q         F/
          NQ                    NQ
           S    EQF Level 5
                                F/
          NQ                    NQ        Q
          F/    EQF Level 4      S
Q         NQ
           S
                EQF Level 3
          NQ                    NQ
          F/                    F/
Q               EQF Level 2               Q
          NQ                    NQ
           S                     S
                EQF Level 1
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European Qualification Framework

• EQF Call for proposals : DG EAC/20/07
  (published on 25 May 2007)
• Deadline: 31August 2007
• Further information on EACEA website
 http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/static/en/llp/eqf/index_en.htm




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   Continuity and changes
          in the new
Lifelong Learning Programme



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                             Continuity (1)
  Leonardo da Vinci Programme 

  Sectoral programme Leonardo da Vinci
  with 3 types of project:

1) Multilateral Projects: Development and transfer of
   Innovation
2) Thematic Networks
3) Accompanying Measures


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            Continuity (2)
and

Transversal Programme
Key Activity 1 - Studies and comparative
research (One priority linked to Vocational
education and training)
Key Activity 4 – Dissemination and
exploitation of results (open for all sub-
programmes, no programme - specific priority)

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                   Changes

• Leonardo da Vinci multilateral projects
  only for Development of Innovation at
  European level
  (Transfer of Innovation  at national level)
• LdV – Reference Materiel (studies, research)
   Transversal Programme - Key Activity 1:
  Studies and comparative research (Priority 4) +
  EQF
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         For further information

• 3 Infodays were organised in January and
  February 2007 in Brussels
• Information about the whole Lifelong
  Learning Programme
• For more details:
  http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/static/en/llp/infodays_en.htm




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Thank you for your attention !




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